As the NoMoZo5:0 event approaches in January 2024, Minister for Tourism, Rohan Khaunte, shed light on the vision aimed at transforming Goa into an eco-friendly and sustainable tourism hub.
Khaunte shared his vision for Goa beyond its renowned beaches and lively nightlife, emphasising the untapped potential of the state’s rich culture.
He said, “Goa is more than just beaches, it’s about preserving our unique identity and legacy through cultural events and festivals. We are aiming to attract high-quality tourists who can significantly contribute to our economy.”
Reflecting on the journey of NoMoZo, Khaunte spoke about the festival’s roots in childhood nostalgia.
“NoMoZo is an attempt to bring people together in a no-motor zone, preserving Goan culture for generations. It started as a small idea but has grown, thanks to the support of Porvorim’s residents and the leadership of Ninil D’Souza.”
He added that Porvorim’s visionary document, spanning two decades, outlined the planning invested in creating a sustainable and inclusive community.
“Essential infrastructure, combined with innovative parks like the Art Park, the Nana Nani Park and the Science Park, emphasise Porvorim’s commitment to community bonding and nature appreciation.”
On the topic of diversifying tourism in Goa, the Minister acknowledged the potential of wellness and spiritual tourism. “We’re embracing all forms of tourism, with a particular focus on wellness and spirituality. Goa’s assets, including the National Institute of Ayurveda, will play a key role in attracting investments and developing a sustainable ecosystem.”
Looking forward, Khaunte discussed ongoing and future initiatives, including support for local artisans, the upcoming Porvorim flyover set to enhance the area’s allure and the imperative of a comprehensive vision document for the next 15-20 years.
Collaboration emerged as a central theme, emphasising the commitment to working together for positive, long-term results that will shape Goa’s future as a thriving and inclusive tourism hub.
NoMoZo 5:0, Goa invites everyone to join in the celebration, promising a blend of tradition and creativity while describing a sustainable and inclusive course for the state’s future.
As Khaunte aptly put it, “NoMoZo is about remembering simpler times through nostalgia, creating moments and preserving the essence of ‘Goenkarponn’ for the next generation.”