Union Budget will stimulate PPPs, investments in tourism sector, says Goa Tourism Minister

 Saturday, February 4, 2023 


The Union Budget 2023-24 will stimulate public-private partnerships and investments in the tourism sector, Rohan Khaunte, Goa’s minister for tourism and IT has said. He was reacting to the proposals at the Union Budget presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament on February 1, 2023.

Khaunte said that the Budget proposals have “brought a ray of hope” for the tourism sector which has started looking up after the global pandemic adding that the “innovative approach” of the government will further boost the tourism landscape in the country in the coming years.

“The Union Budget 2023-2024 has a lot of innovative approaches that will further boost the tourism space in the country. This budget has brought a ray of hope for the pandemic-affected industry by interweaving various missions to strengthen it,” he said.

Praising the proposals such as the Unity Malls in all districts and the proposal to GI tag unique products in each district, the Goan minister said that the proposal is in alignment with Goa government’s initiative to set up ‘Goa Haat’.

He said, “The fact that Goa is in line with the centre’s mission of opening a unity mall is significantly encouraging. The Government of Goa has been working on a similar model called Goa Haat Project, wherein we will be promoting handicrafts and other GI products.

“Goa Tourism will avail financial assistance through schemes like Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD to create world-class tourism infrastructure in Financial Year 2023-24. We are collectively working towards promoting a sustainable and responsible tourism experience, and Budget 2023 will be instrumental in doing the same.”

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