Goa wants quality, not mass tourism, but it won’t happen overnight: minister
Panji: The Goa government has a vision to attract quality tourists to the state but it will not happen overnight, Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte was quoted by IANS news agency as saying on Friday. Khaunte was speaking to reporters after reviewing the workings of the Ministry of Tourism with its senior officials.Also Read – Smriti Irani, Husband Zubin Irani Owns a Luxurious Home Near Silly Souls Cafe and Bar, Claims Congress
“We need to understand the government’s vision…the vision is about quality tourists. It’s not true that it will happen tomorrow or the day after,” Khaunte told reporters. “We need to create a backbone, create infrastructure to attract quality tourists. But we must have a plan in advance. It’s not about talking about today and tomorrow,” he added. Also Read – Targeted for my position…: Smriti Irani denies Congress allegations that her daughter ran an illegal bar in Goa
Goa is considered one of the top beach and nightlife tourist destinations in the country and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state attracted nearly eight million tourists to its shores. However, the debate over quality or mass tourism is out of the jury, with the increasing number of tourist arrivals putting further strain on the state’s social infrastructure. In 2019, eight million tourists visited Goa, more than five times the state’s population of nearly 1.5 million. Also Read – All Goa tourist taxis must be on one app: Minister Rohan Khaunte
Khaunte further said that the state government will speak with stakeholders in the tourism industry before formally defining its policy on quality tourism.
(With IANS entries)