Govt alerts hotels on coronavirus scare


Panaji: Stating that arrival of tourists in the state must have been certainly affected due to the coronavirus scare, but cannot be quantified, director of tourism Menino D’Souza on Friday said the tourism department has already sent advisories on the disease to hotels in the state.

“The hotels have been told to report to the departments of tourism and health, if they receive any tourist from China or surrounding areas,” D’Souza stated, pointing out, “We recently had a proposal to bring down tour operators from China to Goa, but have now cancelled it, as we don’t want to take any risk.”

Speaking during the inauguration of three-day India Travel Mart in the city, D’Souza said the tourism season may be slightly on the lower side but it would pick up.

“We had captured 80 lakh tourists last season but now we are targeting quality tourists,” he added.

“Now mass tourism is flowing in Goa, and the culture as well as the ethos of the state needs to be protected,” the tourism director observed, adding that the government is trying to put some checks and balances in the tourism sector, which hopefully would be seen this year.