PANAJI: Reacting to the TTAG charges, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said that Goa attracts different types of tourists and assured to provide all possible support to make the state a destination of choice for tourists.
In a statement, he said, “Goa is a destination, which attracts all kinds of tourists. In keeping with this, we have accommodation options ranging from luxury resorts to more affordable options. For the convenience of tourists, we have also introduced Goa Miles, a mobile application to book taxis for a reasonable cost in a convenient manner. Safety and security are of prime concern and the Goa police take necessary precautionary measures to ensure law and order is maintained in the state. To give tourists, both domestic and international, multiple reasons to visit Goa, various festivals are marketed internationally to showcase the diversity of options available in the state.”
The statement further states, “The tourism department understands the importance of music festivals and the revenue they bring to the state. We welcome organisers of these events to host these events, as long as their dues are cleared. Efforts are made to ensure the beaches are clean. Our beach-cleaning initiative has been successful across the state. The tourism department has sufficient expertise, manpower and ability to ably execute the beach-cleaning work.”
“Like any other industry, tourism is also subjected to taxes. We understand that rising costs can hamper the progress of tourism in the state. However, on our part we assure to provide all the possible support to make Goa the destination of choice for tourists,” the statement reads.