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Caravan Policy Will Create Jobs for Locals: Hospitality Body

Panaji: The Goa government has shown foresight in introducing the caravan tourism policy, which will not only promote tourism but also meet the need for affordable accommodation in the hinterlands, said the hotel and restaurant association – Western India (HRAWI).

The industry body expects the policy to promote tourism in the hinterland, create jobs for locals, spur economic growth, and reduce the pressure at popular tourist destinations. “This initiative not only enhances travel experiences for enthusiasts but also aligns with the broader goal of reducing the environmental impact of traditional tourism,” said HRAWI president Pradeep Shetty.

“It has been created with the objectives of creating job opportunities and promoting development in remote areas. This showcases a forward-thinking approach to tourism that benefits both the industry and the local communities,” he said.

The caravan tourism policy aims to boost tourism in Goa’s hinterlands by encouraging private operators to develop caravan parks.  HRAWI said that constructing hotels and guest houses in remote areas may not be permissible or feasible, which is why caravan parks are a step in the right direction.

To encourage private operators to participate, Goa’s policy offers incentives such as reimbursement of the capital invested, motor vehicle tax and annual registration fees for the first 50 registered caravans. Eligibility for these incentives requires compliance with minimum standards, ensuring a high-quality experience for travellers.

“It is a win-win, benefiting both the state and tourists. By promoting sustainable tourism and providing unique travel experiences, this initiative will become a model policy for other states to follow,” said Shetty. The policy aims to introduce and regulate caravan tourism and promote the development of caravan parks away from congested beaches and traditional tourist choke-points.

Source: Times of India