Goa government striving to provide excellent infrastructure for tourists

 Thursday, March 31, 2022 


The Goa government has prioritized the tourism sector and is promoting various tourism-related verticals and working towards providing excellent infrastructure for tourists visiting the coastal state, said the Governor P. S. SreedharanPillai.

Pillaisaid that the upcoming Mopa international airport in Goa is expected to be custom-made by August this year.

“Tourism is one of the backbones of the State economy. More than 20 per cent of the population depends directly (and) indirectly on tourism and allied activities. ‘God’s Own Abode’ – Goa is known worldwide as the best and safest tourist destination for its clean beaches, ancient temples, churches, rich heritage, hospitality, rich diversified culture and its beauty,” Pillai said in his address.

“My government has given top priority to the tourism sector in order to promote health tourism, hinterland tourism, medical tourism, adventure tourism, eco-tourism, heritage tourism, spiritual tourism and provide best quality infrastructure for the tourists visiting our State,” he added.

After becoming the Chief Minister on Monday, PramodSawantsaid that his government’s aim is to make the coastal state a top tourism destination in India.

The Governor also spoke about the various concessions given by the state government for keeping the industry afloat, which has been severely affected by the pandemic, which brought in a sharp drop in tourist numbers, both domestic and international, in Goa.

“The Tourism Shack Policy was formulated to create employment and business opportunities to the locals to earn their livelihood by granting 50 per cent concession in license fees to the shack allottees taking into account the financial losses incurred by them during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sawant said.

To quote Pillai, “My government is making efforts to promote and encourage more international chartered flights, ‘International Charter Support (waiver of landing fees) 2021’ scheme has been notified by way of waiving landing fees up to Rs 1 lakh.”

TheMopa airport is expected to be completed by August 2022.

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