Goa contemplating a challenging revival of tourism

Published on : Friday, May 28, 2021

Goa’s tourism sector, which has been badly affected by the corona virus pandemic, is contemplating about a challenging revival of the industry. The industry stakeholders feel that due to the spike in infection cases, travelers are having negative sentiments.

They said that tourism activities in Goa, known for its beaches, can restart by November this year or even early, with precautionary measures in place.

The Goa government has extended the corona virus-induced curfew till May 31.

The President of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), Nilesh Shah said, “Restarting tourism is a challenging task due to the overall negative sentiments connected with the state due to rise in COVID-19 cases.”

After the lockdown during the first wave of the pandemic, there were positive sentiments about Goa and people started visiting the state considering it to be “very safe”, Mr. Shah said.

Shah said that if the government plans to relax the restrictions from June 1 onwards, it will need to implement certain measures.

The TTAG has recommended four different strategies to makes ure that travelers entering Goa do not spread the virus.
“Travelers should be allowed to enter Goa only with COVID-19 negative certificate or vaccination certificate. If they don’t have any of this, then the government should set up testing facilities at the borders or at railway stations, bus terminals and airports, where people should be provided this facility at affordable prices. The testing charges should not exceed Rs 500,” Shah said.

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