Panaji, May 21 (IANS) Fashion shows are important for a tourist destination like Goa and in the years to come the coastal state could emulate Paris as a global destination for fashion events, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Saturday.

"For a state like Goa, fashion shows are important. When we have accepted that we are a tourist destination... it is but natural that fashion shows, which also go hand in hand with tourism, become important," Parsekar said.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the third edition of the India Beach Fashion Week, billed by the organisers as Asia's biggest resort-wear fashion event.

Parsekar said: "In the years to come, Goa could emulate Paris as a destination for fashion, encouraging the state tourism authorities to partner with fashion events."

The three-day India Beach Fashion Week opened with an experimental show by top Indian fashion designer Neeta Lulla.