Ralph de Sousa, spokesperson of the Travel and tourism association of Goa (TTAG), while addressing a press conference on Friday, said the government has started spadework in addressing the garbage issue as a step towards green tourism. He said promotion of green tourism started with the cleaning of beaches followed by marketing ‘Clean Goa’ at national and international level. The press conference was called by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Goa, which has organized a conference on the topic ‘Riding the next wave of green practices’ on January 19.
The session intends to bring together industry leaders from several Indian manufacturing companies across sectors which transformed their manufacturing process on a sustainability path through innovative designs, technology and engineering and attained a healthy growth.
Further talking about green initiatives, the TTAG spokesperson said efforts are on to promote river tourism as a part of green tourism in the state. “Following green practices is a great step towards cutting down on the cost of energy,” de Sousa said. The tourism industry is also slowly adopting green practices. Tourism deputy director Pamela Mascarenhas, speaking to mediapersons, said starred hotels are using green practices in their individual capacity in terms of composting garbage generated by them.
Atul Pai Kane, vice vhairman of CII Goa Council and managing director of Power Engineering (India) Pvt Ltd, said the conference will have a session on green tourism, green energy, green infrastructure, corporate and residential.