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Goa, Portugal sign memorandums of understanding in the field of tourism, soon; We will explore best practices and innovative technology in the sector


Tourism Minister Rohan Khont said on Tuesday that Goa and Portugal will explore best practices and innovative technologies to bring better tourism experiences to the coastal state.

Khont said he has been holding meetings with various stakeholders in Portugal to promote tourism in Goa.

He met with Antonio Costa Silva, Minister of Economy and Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Portugal, and they discussed various possibilities regarding the development of tourism.

“Goa and Portugal will collaborate, share their ideas and knowledge, and sign MoUs in the field of tourism and information technology soon,” an official statement read.

She said that increasing air connectivity between Portugal and Goa is key to developing tourism.

“With the new international airport in North Goa, Manohar International Airport, the possibility of constructing a new road was discussed at one of the meetings between Khundt and Christine Ormier-Widner, CEO of TAP Group Portugal,” she added.

Last month, the Goa government-appointed rescuers organisation, Drishti Marine, has introduced artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of Aurus, a self-driving robot, and Triton, an AI-powered monitoring system, to enhance its life-saving capabilities along Goa. Popular beaches and water bodies.

The incorporation of AI-based support comes on the heels of an increase in beach-related incidents due to the growing numbers of domestic and foreign tourists flocking to the coast. The past two years have seen more than 1,000 rescue incidents along the coastal belt, which required the help of rescuers from Drishti Marine, according to an official statement.

Drishti plans to deploy 100 Triton units and 10 Aurus units to the beaches of Goa this year.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.