State Affairs

MoT aims at employment-centric tourism in Goa


With an am to chart out projects and initiatives for Goa Tourism, the recently appointed minister of state (MoS) for tourism (independent charge) and culture (independent charge), Government of India, Shripad Naik was in Goa to meet the state’s chief minister Manohar Parrikar and tourism minister, Government of Goa, Dilip Parulekar.

Naik, a BJP MP from North Goa who is a part of the cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, emphasised that world-class facilities would pave the way forward for tourism in the state. “The tourism map for Goa will be employment-centric to strengthen the tourism sector of Goa,” he said. One of the top most priorities on the agenda would be liberalisation of e-visa which will help attract more tourists. Currently, Goa offers Visa on Arrival facility to only 12 countries.

E-visa facilities will cover larger number of countries. Naik said, “We have made a proposal of issuing e-visas for foreign tourists. If we liberalise the visa system for foreign tourists, it will help boost tourism in the country.”

Full report here Financial Express


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