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