Saturday, August 13, 2022

Goa is ready for domestic and foreign tourists

The Goa tourism department is planning ideas for brining in more domestic and foreign tourists

PRAVASISAMWAD.COM

 In the last 100 days of the Goa government, steps have been taken to make Goa a tourist hotspot. In addition to an app being developed for safety of tourists to the setting up of a ‘multilingual tourist call centre’, the Goa tourism department is planning ideas for brining in more domestic and foreign tourists.

More than eight million tourists visit Goa every year and quite a large number want to spend time enjoying the ‘sun, sand and sea’. However, the Goa government is keen to develop hinterland tourism and has started ‘Monsoon Trekking’, according to IANS.

Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte pointed out that the ease of doing business would help Goa bring in more tourists. He cited the example of the “Online Tourism Registration Services launched recently (that) will help businessmen in this area to get approvals easily and thus they will be able to start their activities early”, the Minister said.

Khaunte also said that a permanent immersive exhibition and audio guide created with a combination of physical scenography and spatial audio integrated with mixed media storytelling with 3D animation and visual effects will be set up at Fort Aguada Jail Museum

The approval for the ‘multilingual tourist call centre’, according to reports, has been given. The call centre will help tourists to know the best things of Goa and get tourism related information. The call centre, according to the Minister, will be a catalyst to take ahead the concept of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ (Guest is equivalent to God). “Goa Tourism has been witnessing a steady growth in tourist arrivals especially after three waves of Covid. In 2022 (from March 2022 to May 2022) 1940683 domestic tourists and 33841 foreign tourists visited Goa,” Khaunte said.

There is also an online services for stakeholders like hotel owners, travel agents, tour operators, motor boat, launch and water sports operators, dealers in handicrafts, tourist guides, photographers, government shacks, owners of private shacks and private huts etc. where they can easily register their activities with the Department of Tourism.

There is also a mobile app to ensure clean beaches. The app also facilitates reporting of illegal activities like illegal deck beds, tables, umbrellas, touting, movement of hawkers, etc., in the beach area to enable the departmental enforcement unit to initiate necessary action.

Khaunte also said that a permanent immersive exhibition and audio guide created with a combination of physical scenography and spatial audio integrated with mixed media storytelling with 3D animation and visual effects will be set up at Fort Aguada Jail Museum.

******************************************************

Readers

These are extraordinary times. All of us have to rely on high-impact, trustworthy journalism. And this is especially true of the Indian Diaspora. Members of the Indian community overseas cannot be fed with inaccurate news.

Pravasi Samwad is a venture that has no shareholders. It is the result of an impassioned initiative of a handful of Indian journalists spread around the world.  We have taken the small step forward with the pledge to provide news with accuracy, free from political and commercial influence. Our aim is to keep you, our readers, informed about developments at ‘home’ and across the world that affect you.

Please help us to keep our journalism independent and free.

In these difficult times, to run a news website requires finances. While every contribution, big or small, will makes a difference, we request our readers to put us in touch with advertisers worldwide. It will be a great help.

For more information: pravasisamwad00@gmail.com

Roma Ghosh
Roma Ghosh has recently retired as Associate Professor for Media Studies from an international university. She was with the Times of India as a correspondent for many years. Her passion is cooking and she has been doing recipes and photo shoots for Women's Era for the last 15-odd years.

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

EDITOR'S CHOICE