Goa in­vests in tourism in­fras­truc­ture

The state tourism board is se­ri­ous about de­vel­op­ing the coastal cir­cuit and pro­vid­ing ba­sic tourism in­fras­truc­ture like public con­ve­niences at key beach lo­ca­tions with an in­vest­ment of 270 crore (around USD 41 mil­lion).

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While pro­mot­ing the state in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, Goa’s tourism depart­ment has also been si­mul­ta­ne­ously build­ing on in­fras­truc­ture and cre­at­ing new ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties. Menino Dsouza, Di­rec­tor of Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of Goa, re­veals more. He says, “We hope to start full-fledged op­er­a­tions of the Duck Boats as well as new ac­tiv­i­ties like bungee-jump­ing, Seg­way tours, and horserid­ing. Our fo­cus is to de­velop the coastal cir­cuit and pro­vide public con­ve­niences such as toi­lets, chang­ing rooms, locker fa­cil­i­ties, proper ac­cess and park­ing fa­cil­i­ties at key beach lo­ca­tions.” Goa Tourism is also look­ing at open­ing tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tres on beaches.

All this in­fras­truc­ture, Dsouza says, will come through the in­vest­ment that the Cen­tre as well as the state is mak­ing. The Union Min­istry for Tourism un­der the ‘ Swadesh Dar­shan Scheme’ has sanc­tioned Rs 200 crore to Goa. While Rs 100 crore has been sanc­tioned in the first phase, another Rs 100 crore has been sanc­tioned in the se­cond phase. Coastal ar­eas, both in North and South Goa, will be cov­ered in both phases. “The Goa gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted on com­plet­ing the in­fras­truc­ture projects un­der this scheme within the next one year. There is also a state com­po­nent of Rs 70 crore which will be used for tourism in­fras­truc­ture,” Dsouza adds. ETV regime Coun­tries on radar

Goa’s new Tourism Pol­icy will also be fi­nalised soon that will give a push to Goa Tourism. Sev­eral dis­cus­sions and meet­ings have al­ready been con­ducted in this re­gard and will be un­veiled shortly.

Speak­ing about the as­pect of Goa that the state’s tourism depart­ment wants to push in the in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, Dsouza says, “Goa is a tiny state but stretched over with beau­ti­ful beaches, his­tor­i­cal sites and wildlife. We pro­mote each and ev­ery lo­ca­tion of Goa, be it the wa­ter­falls, mu­se­ums, forts, churches, tem­ples, home­s­tays or our beaches. A va­ri­ety of el­e­ments like mon­soon tourism, eco and well­ness tourism, cui­sine, fes­ti­val tourism, her­itage tourism, ad­ven­ture tourism and med­i­cal tourism are all pro­moted in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.”

Need­less to say, the eVisa regime of­fered at the Goa In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Dabolim ex­tended to 150 coun­tries, has taken off in a big way and is show­ing good in­crease in num­bers. The state’s tourism depart­ment is there­fore try­ing to tap tourists from th­ese 150 coun­tries. “Goa is also grow­ing as a MICE des­ti­na­tion and many cor­po­rate com­pa­nies want to host events here. So also many mega sports events are held in Goa by in­ter­na­tional sports or­gan­i­sa­tions. While we are fo­cus­ing on key mar­kets in UK, Mid­dle East and South East Asia, we are also reach­ing out to the en­tire globe, es­pe­cially those coun­tries that are un­der the ETV regime,” Dsouza adds.

Goa con­tin­ues to par­tic­i­pate in key travel and trade fairs, road­shows held in Moscow, Lon­don, Berlin and the Mid­dle East. The lat­est one was the In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair for Travel & Tourism Fo­rum at OTDYKH 2017 in Moscow.

Our fo­cus is to de­velop the coastal cir­cuit and pro­vide public con­ve­niences such as toi­lets, chang­ing rooms, locker fa­cil­i­ties, proper ac­cess and park­ing fa­cil­i­ties at

Menino Dsouza Di­rec­tor of Tourism Gov­ern­ment of Goa

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