As the infrastructural facilities for promotion of tourism in Goa improved consider
ably and Goa was projected onto the world map of tourism, an urgent need was felt for the members of the travel, hotel and tourist trade to have a common platform by bridging various segments like airlines, hotels, travel agents, tour operators, tourist offices and surface transportation.
About 15 individuals representing different organizations engaged in the tourism trade in Goa, met at the initiative of the then Director of Tourism Shri V.A.P. Mahajan and decided to form a CLUB known as the Goa Travel & Tourism Club which came into existence in 1977. It was inaugurated on 4th July 1977 at the hands of the then Chief Minister of Goa, Daman & Diu Smt. Shashikala Kakodkar, its founder President being the Late Lenny Pinto.
The Goa Travel & Tourism Club was operated initially from Hotel Mandovi, Panaji till an office premises was purchased at Rayu Chambers, Dr. Atmaram Borkar Road, Panaji in the year 1990 and later on shifted to a more spacious premise at Dempo Towers, Patto, Panaji. It was registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 on 21st March 1990. The name was changed to “Travel & Tourism Association of Goa” (TTAG) on 17th March 1994.
Over the last 34 years this Association has grown in membership of 190 members having approximately 600 units in Goa. Today it is the leading apex organization working hand in hand with the Government on all matters concerning tourism. It caters to its member’s problems, trying to resolve them with the help of governmental agencies and other bodies. Moreover it allows a platform where members can meet one another during General Body Meetings, held in different hotels every quarterly. Besides this, it helps different companies to showcase their tourism-related products to members during the meetings which greatly benefits the members.
TTAG acts as a forum to represent and promote the interests of the members with the government and other bodies connected with matters of tourism in Goa. It aims to regulate the relationship between member’s interests and to seek to control activities of members, which are prejudicial to the overall good of the industry. TTAG aims to take up the common causes of its members in a representative capacity. It maintains close contact with other Apex organizations which will further the aims and objectives of this Association.
- Government Planning Board
- Government’s High Powered Task Force Committee
- GTDC Board of Directors
- Goa Airport Advisory Committee
- Regional Advisory Committee of Customs & Central Excise
- ITI Centre of Excellence Government of Goa
- Various Health Department Committees
- Member of Planning Board of MPT
- Goa State Aids Control Society
- Childrens Rights in Goa
- Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- CII (Confederation of India Industries)
- Member of IHM & Catering Technology under Tourism Industry at Farmagudi
First and foremost, Goa needs to adopt a clear strategy to boost sustainable tourism development by implementing the Tourism Master Plan and the State Tourism Policy by incorporating the best elements of tourism policies across the world and tailor it to local, social, cultural, economic and environmental conditions.
Furthermore our Association requests the Tourism Ministry to:
- Prepare in advance, predictive ‘Best-Case’ and ‘Worst-Case’ scenarios benefiting/affecting the tourism sector as per global/national situations, market forces, rise/fall in tourist traffic and in accordance with these scenarios, prepare supportive/mitigative/damage controlling long term plans.
- Needs for professional, aggressive promotion of tourism potential of Goa at International and National level through MOUs with other countries and collaborations.
An increase in tourist arrivals due to the special effort of the Goa Government and the private sector agencies who laid stress on the development of tourism as a major industry in Goa, in which field Travel & Tourism Association of Goa has also played a very significant role since its inception in 1977. Last charter season, that is 2010-2011, a total of 900 flights arrived with 1,71,367 tourists as compared to the previous year 2009-2010, where a total of 626 flights with 1,37,790 tourists was recorded. This year 2011-2012 (upto 17.5.2012) a total of 910 flights have arrived with 1,69,006 charter tourists.