PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said that it is the responsibility of the people of Goa to take the tourism area beyond the ‘Sun-Sand-Sea’ concept, for which government can help in creating the infrastructure.
Sawant spoke during the ‘cashew festival’ organised by Forest Development Corporation, which he announced will be an annual event.
“Even the state’s tourists will attend this two-day festival. This will help to promote cashew products of Goa,” he added.
“Earlier, the tourism concept was only ‘Sun-Sand-Sea’; now we have to take this concept beyond it. Only government can’t do it; the state’s people will have to take responsibility for it. We can create infrastructure in remote areas. However, the tourism activities will have to
be created by the PPP model,” Sawant said.
The Chief Minister added that there is a need to encourage the making of the Kunbi saree and shawl and make its promotion increase sales.
The ‘Kunbi’ saree, a traditional dressing style of the ‘Kunbi’ tribe, existed even before the Portuguese captured Goa. Kunbi saree got a lease of life when eminent Goan fashion designer late Wendell Rodricks, promoted it on the fashion ramp.
Sawant said that artisans and handicrafts of Goa should be promoted in the tourism area.