Panjim,  July 20: As part
of  the “Swachhta Action Plan” Implementation in Goa,  the National Institute of Water Sports, in association  with the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management,   organized a tourism stakeholders workshop themed  on Cleanliness, Sanitation and Hygiene involving different tourism stakeholders at Dona Paula  this week. Tourism stakeholders who participated included street vendors from  Miramar, taxi drivers, hoteliers, GTDC staff  and  others.
The Chief Guests
at  the inaugural session,   Prof. Sutheeshna Babu, (Nodal Officer, NIWS) & Mr. Laxmikant Vaingankar (G.M-Administration, GTDC) highlighted various key aspects  concerning  a clean and  green Goa.  Prof. Sutheeshna Babu made a  presentation on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene in daily life and how  it is linked with the economy & GDP of the country.
A Video presentation was
made  by Dr. B. Swajan (Asst. Professor, IITTM) on the economical importance of tourism in Indian economy and the effect of cleanliness and hygiene in the tourism industry.
Mr. Laxmikant Vaingankar (G.M-Administration, GTDC), in his
speech shared the importance of cleanliness and hygiene in the tourism industry and  steps initiated to give tourism  in Goa the clean and  green  appeal to visiting  tourists.
Mr. Gavin Dias (GM –Operations, GTDC) in his presentation
shared  insights on the current scenario of Goa Tourism and initiatives in the direction towards keeping Goa’s tourism avenues clean and  hygienic. He also highlighted on the benefits that can be derived from the Swachhta Action Plan to each and every tourism stakeholder. He impressed on the economical advantages that can be gained by every citizen of the country in keeping  his respective locales  clean and hygienic.
A Swachhta Pledge was taken in which all participants assured their contribution to the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” Project.
During the   Interactive
session participants came up with relevant suggestions  towards improving measures for  cleanliness and  hygiene.
“Swachhta Action Plan” is an ambitious project initiated by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The main objective of the “Swachhta Action Plan”
is   creating awareness amongst the tourists about sanitation and cleanliness at tourist/pilgrimage centres. It mulls for a clean city that will attract investment, good health and a sense of pride amongst the local residents and a sense of satisfaction amongst the tourists. The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has chosen Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management / National Institute of Water Sports as the  nodal agencies to implement this project across the country in all 29 states and all UTs.
As part of “Swachhta Action Plan” implementation in Goa, the Ministry of Tourism has chosen 7 tourist destinations in Goa for the implementation of this project through National Institute of Water Sports. Iconic tourist destination “Colva” is one
among the 7 destinations in Goa.