Goa’s tourism leader tackles plastic waste

PANAJI, India, 23 July 2019:  Goa is increasing its efforts to reduce single plastic with the state-owned Goa Tourism Development Corporation taking the lead.

Noting the tourism industry adds to the single-use plastic problem, GTDC will launch a three-month campaign. It will focus on eliminating plastic bottles, cups and straws, first at its headquarters and then GTDC properties across the state.

“Banning plastic items will help to create an environmentally sustainable tourism sector,” GTDC chairman Dayanand Sopte told the Times of India.

Plastic bottles are among the major items used in the tourism industry, while plastic waste contributes to over 20% of the pollution in oceans.

GTDC will encourage other tourism stakeholders and partners in the hospitality sector to join the anti-plastic campaign.