Goa Tourism focuses on scaling up skill development

By on July 23, 2018 | Jobs

Goa Tourism is on fast track towards scaling up skill development in the tourism sector – both in the hospitality division and in providing skill development support to enterprising young local Goans seeking avenues in tourism through self-employment opportunities.

Following a slow-down in the mining sector, Goa’s economy is now surviving on tourism and the state government through the Department of Tourism, and Goa Tourism Development Corporation is opening new doors and opportunities for them. More than one-third of Goa’s population is now engaged in tourism, both directly and indirectly.

Sharing insights into how the state is catering to the industry requirements in terms of resources and skills development, Menino D’Souza, Director of Tourism, Govt. of Goa said, “We are extremely keen on encouraging more youth to venture into tourism and providing them with all the necessary training, education and knowledge on latest developments in the tourism sector. Goa Tourism is taking various initiatives in this direction which is creating a positive impact and sustainable livelihoods.”

Image source: IHM, Goa

Image source: IHM, Goa

To begin with, Goa’s Institute of Hotel Management, Porvorim offers the best of education to those aspiring to enter the hospitality sector and also to generate self employment avenues. Both degree and diploma courses, short term courses and trainings are conducted all year round. Around 500 to 600 students are availing education and training through IHM. Similarly, several professional colleges in the state are also offering courses in hospitality and food production, catering and restaurant management. Considering the increase in demand for hotel management, the Goa government is also in the process of setting up a state-of-the-art Hotel Management Institute in Goa.

D’Souza further informed that Goa Tourism is also focusing on training all stakeholders in the tourism sector to help make them local brand ambassadors for the state to further step up the tag of Goa being a warm and hospitable holiday locale. Trainings to local taxi drivers, tourist guides, language interpreters, water sports operators, shack operators, lifeguards, etc are being provided through tie-ups with experts, NGOs and institutions. Over the last one year, Goa Tourism has also provided training to its official personnel engaged in operating and managing its tourism services in the state.

Days ahead of the launch of a new taxi based app, Goa Tourism through the Goa Tourism Development Corporation, organized training sessions for drivers on etiquette, first aid, among others. Goa Tourism, however, believes that there is a need to further enhance human capital to meet new challenges every passing year and brace up to competition from other tourism destinations. By imparting knowledge through various skill certification programmes and trainings being initiated by the central ministry of tourism, they hope that these exercises will motivate the Goan youth to take to a profession in tourism.

The new Mopa airport, major tourism infrastructural projects and newer tourism products and services are all expected to open up employment opportunities and the need for skilled resources.


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  • https://www.growthcentre.org Jayesh Varma

    This blog post about Goa Tourism’s focus on scaling up skill development in the tourism sector is both informative and inspiring. It highlights the proactive approach of the government and tourism authorities in Goa towards nurturing talent and providing opportunities for local youth. The emphasis on training and education, especially through institutes like the Institute of Hotel Management, Porvorim, showcases a commitment to quality and professionalism in the hospitality industry. The efforts to train various stakeholders in tourism, from taxi drivers to lifeguards, demonstrate a comprehensive approach to enhancing the overall tourism experience in Goa. Great initiative and well-articulated blog post!