The coastal state approves Goa Tourism Policy 2020

Published on : Saturday, October 31, 2020

The recent approval of the Goa Tourism Policy 2020, a document that fixed the tourism related guidelines for future development of the sector in the state with a comprehensive master plan. It’s expected to achieve its purpose. At a cost of Rs. 4.99 crore, the policy has been formulated by global consulting firm KPMG. However, Goa Ports Minister, Michael Lobo explained that the document in its contents is completely unclear while Tourism Minister, Manohar Ajgaonkar fully supported the policy and its master plan. He said that it would help the state to expand its offerings in tourism and at the same time hearten up the inputs from experts for development of the sector.

“It only makes vague suggestions about shifting the tourism focus to the hinterland and other activities. It does not really take the ground realities into account,” Lobo said in his criticism.

The Ports Minister, who manages the hotels and restaurants as well in this coastal state, mentioned that non-involvement of local stakeholders in policy making proved disadvantageous to the interests of Goa.

The tourism policy has the vision for making this coastal state as one of the safest destinations in India as it has promoted diversification in sundry tourism offerings of the state spread across 26 circuits, wherein promotion of the state as a culture and heritage tourism destination hold prominence.

The state tourism masterplan negotiates for pulling maximum investments to set up wedding tourism infrastructure as well as meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) tourism segment.

Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has, however, described Lobo’s criticism as unfounded.

“KPMG had already been appointed by a former government. They have brought forth a good tourism policy before the people. Goans will be implementing it and there will be a tourism board with experts from all fields, especially eco-tourism, hinterland tourism and adventure tourism,” Ajgaonkar said.

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