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GOA State’s ‘Tourism Policy 2020’ notified

GOA State’s ‘Tourism Policy 2020’ notified
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It also defines the role of Goa Tourism Board headed by the Tourism Minister and having ten members

Panjim: The State Government on Friday notified the ‘Goa Tourism Policy 2020’ with a focus on making the coastal State the most preferred destination around the year for high-spending tourists in India by 2024, and a world-class international tourism destination by 2030.

Goa Palm Trees and Goa Beaches India

The State cabinet had last month approved the Goa Tourism Policy for enabling the framework for implementation of the ‘Goa Tourism Master Plan’ over the next 25 years. The document has been prepared with the aim of having a planned and holistic development of the tourism sector in the State.

As per the notification, the government has developed the Master Plan to harness the full potential of its tourism sector and to address existing challenges in a systematic manner.

The vision of the policy is to make Goa the most preferred destination around the year for high-spending tourists in India by 2024, and a world-class international tourism destination by 2030.

The other objectives are to develop and promote tourism infrastructure in an environmentally and ecologically sustainable manner through appropriate plans, programs and policies. “Create a more environmentally and socially sustainable tourism destination, where territorial development is more balanced between the coast and the hinterland; employment opportunities are enhanced for local Goans and growth opportunities are created for Small, Medium & Micro Enterprises,” the notification mentioned.

It also focuses on to showcase the unique historic, ethnic, natural, cultural locations and attractions of Goa to provide a wholesome and memorable experience for tourists.

“Make Goa one of the safest tourist destinations as per world-class standards,” the notification stated adding that the policy will help attract a healthy mix of domestic and international tourists on a sustainable basis.

The policy aims to augment the capacity and quality of infrastructure facilities including accommodation, connectivity, power, water, wastewater treatment and other support infrastructure services.

“Incorporate modern technology, wherever pertinent in the tourism value chain to enhance quality of the tourism product, through research and efficient utilisation of statistics,” it said.

The policy also defines the role of Goa Tourism Board (GTB) headed by the Tourism Minister and having ten members including an environmental expert.

The policy speaks about developing Human Resource Service Centres (HRSCs) to cater to the training and skill building requirement of the tourism sector.

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