Goa To Introduce Co-Working Spaces For Beach-Loving Professionals

Goa is all set to introduce co-working spaces on Morjim and Ashwem beaches to attract European tourists and high spenders, offering a holistic experience beyond beaches
Morjim beach in Goa
Morjim beach in GoaShutterstock

In a bid to enhance its appeal beyond beaches, Goa is set to introduce co-working spaces on the Morjim and Ashwem beaches, revealed a tourism department official. State tourism secretary Sanjeev Ahuja, attending the ITB Berlin travel trade show, expressed the government's ambition to position Goa as a holistic tourism destination, catering not only to beach lovers but also to those seeking diverse activities.

"We aim to attract more tourists, especially from Europe, and high-spending travellers from various destinations by offering a comprehensive experience," stated Ahuja. The concept of co-working spaces on the beaches, initiated by Minister Rohan Khaunte's department, will grant nomad visas to individuals who can simultaneously work and savour Goa's beauty.

The facilities at Morjim and Ashwem beaches are nearing completion, with the state government actively seeking nomad visas from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the External Affairs Ministry for prospective visitors. Positive developments are expected post the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as the government engages in talks with the Centre for favourable considerations.

Highlighting the concept of regenerative tourism, Ahuja emphasised the involvement of local communities, culture, cuisine, festivals, and even farmers in the tourism spectrum. Goa's lesser-known treasures, such as grand temples and churches, will be showcased and developed for tourism, with an agreement already signed with Temple Connect, an organisation dedicated to reviving the temple ecosystem.

Beyond beach tourism, the focus is on spiritual tourism through regenerative tourism, incorporating unique experiences like spice and cashew plantation visits. Visitors will have the opportunity to savour farm-fresh produce, fostering a direct connection with local agriculture.

The tourism department has also introduced activities like hiking, while traditional events like the annual carnival are being actively promoted. Ahuja highlighted the promotion of festivals like Chikhal Kalo, a mud-centric celebration akin to Spain's famous Tomatina festival. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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