Goa tourism policy 2020 aims to boost eco-tourism, cultural and heritage tourism

Published on : Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Goa’s hospitality industry with the help of coastal tourism and casinos hasgrabbed the limelight in the last few years. Goa tourism policy 2020 aims to change that idea by promoting eco-tourism, cultural and heritage tourism.

The new policy talks about encouraging tourists to visit villages and explore the traditional Goan houses. The yet-to-be-formed Goa tourism board will label villages favorable for development as “tourism villages”. The applicable standards for receiving the designation of tourism village will be set, so that villages can vie for the same in a clear manner.

The Goa government has notified the “tourist villages development scheme”, under which financial support of Rs. 50 lakh will be given to villages every year. This scheme aims to promote rural life, art and culture and heritage.

Goa boasts of rich cultural heritage, and post-Diwali, most villages have zatras, but except a few big zatras and feasts, other cultural celebrations of the state have not been explored fully. However, some foreign tourists who stay put in Pernemtaluka do attend zatras and feasts.

The tourism policy also talks about having ecologically sustainable and environmentally sound practices for improving nature-based tourism. The major aspects of the tourism policy will see the light of day after the tourism board is created. The composition of the board was finalizedsometime back, but an order appointing the board is awaited.

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