The 44th AGM and annual day of the Goa Management Association (GMA) was held on October 10. The AGM was conducted by Harshvardhan Bhatkuly, chairman and was presided by Nitin Kunkolienker, president. Anup Prabhu Verlekar, secretary presented the report of activities while M Venkat Rao, treasurer placed the financial statement for approval before the general body.
“We have to ensure that GMA is in sync with Industry 4.0. We have to be a strong and robust organisation with modern practices and ideas,” said Kunkolienkar. The general body resolved to take the idea forward and constituted a task force under the chairmanship of Dr Ajit Parulekar, director, Goa Institute of Management assisted by members Dr R Krishnagopal and Kishore Shah, to bring in this change.
The function saw senior hotelier Sunder Advani share his story in setting up a luxury resort in Goa, when South Goa was still an unexplored territory. As a pioneer in the hospitality business, Advani is credited for creating a luxury travel market for Goa. He spoke in detail about the journey and the trials and tribulations of establishing a five star resort in Goa in the early 1980s.
Advani later spoke about his recent interaction with the minister of external affairs, Dr S Jaishankar. “I am very hopeful that American tourists will come to Goa, after my interaction with the minister,” said Advani. He also said that he was happy that the state is become a preferred destination for weddings and conferences as it brings in significant revenue to the hospitality sector.
Earlier, Bhatkuly welcomed the gathering and said that GMA was steeped in history and tradition as an organisation of thought leadership. “GMA is a vibrant organisation brimming with new ideas,” said Bhatkuly.