Goa Tourism Minister, Rohan Khaunte emphasised that the aim of the Goa State Shack Policy 2023-26 is to ‘inspire and encourage the esteemed shack community to wholeheartedly support and nurture the next generation, ensuring their seamless progression within this industry’.
Briefing the media in the presence of Suneel Anchipaka, IAS, Director of Tourism; Michael Lobo, MLA of Calangute; Venzy Viegas, MLA of Benaulim; Alex Sequiera, MLA of Nuvem; Jit Arolkar, MLA of Mandrem; and Cruz Cardoso, President of All Goa Shack Owners Association; Khaunte highlighted the critical aspects of the policy, with a strong emphasis on empowering the youth and relaxing the age limit; sustainable tourism development, environmental preservation, and boosting the local economy that will benefit our youth and contribute to the growth and development of our state. It also aimed to enhance the overall tourist experience while maintaining Goa’s rich cultural heritage.
“Our main topic today revolves around the age limit and the pressing issue of subletting. We strongly believe that it is crucial to provide opportunities to young individuals who aspire to venture into the shack business and carry forward the rich experience of their families. Simultaneously, we are also committed to extending the same chance to those who solely rely on the shack business as their source of livelihood. Today, through this forum, we aim to inspire and encourage our esteemed shack community to wholeheartedly support and nurture the next generation, ensuring their seamless progression within this industry, we aim to inspire and encourage our esteemed shack community to wholeheartedly support and nurture the next generation, ensuring their seamless progression within this industry. Furthermore, we emphasise the importance of preserving and showcasing Goan cuisine at every shack, as the shack operators themselves have been vital ambassadors for our culture ever since the inception of shacks,” stated the Tourism Minister.
Anchipaka, Director of Tourism, said: “As the Director of Tourism, I am thrilled to announce our continued commitment towards developing Goa as a premier tourist destination. Through the new Shack Policy 2023-26, we aim to enhance infrastructure, promote sustainable practices, and offer unique experiences that showcase the rich culture and natural beauty of our beloved state.”
This meeting presented a valuable opportunity for fruitful dialogues, idea exchanges, and collaborative efforts to enhance the tourism industry’s benefits for the youth, locals and tourists. By involving coastal MLAs in shaping tourism policies, the government ensured that the voices and perspectives of local representatives were heard and considered, leading to more inclusive and sustainable development for the State of Goa.
The Shack Policy 2023-26 aims to revitalise and enhance Goa’s vibrant beach shack culture by creating opportunities for entrepreneurial growth and fostering a lively tourist experience. Recognising the potential of the youth in contributing to the state’s tourism industry, Khaunte emphasised the importance of including them in the decision-making process and offering them avenues for professional development.During the meeting, various coastal MLAs shared their valuable insights and suggestions regarding the policy.
Khaunte expressed his enthusiasm for harnessing the ideas and energy of the youth, acknowledging their potential as catalysts for innovation and economic growth. He emphasised that relaxations in the age limit would not compromise the high standards set by the government regarding safety and service excellence. The goal is to strike a balance between maintaining quality control and fostering an environment for young entrepreneurs to thrive.
Michael Lobo said; “The shack policy should strive to preserve the natural beauty of our beaches while providing ample opportunities for tourism growth, creating a harmonious balance between development and conservation.”
Cruz Cardoso, President of All Goa Shack Owners Association, emphasised on the empowerment aspect of the policy, stating: “The shack policy should prioritise the empowerment of shack owners, enabling them to provide quality services and unique experiences to beach-goers, contributing to the overall charm and character of Goa’s coastline, while also fostering a collaborative and supportive environment within the industry.”