Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant says they’re ready to Welcome tourists

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that the state will be forming its own guidelines and standard operating procedures (SoPs) to regulate tourism in a post-COVID-19 scenario very soon. Batting for inter-state movement, Sawant said that the movement should be restricted as neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka have witnessed a steep rise in the coronavirus cases.

“The state will have to develop an SOP along with the Centre to attract tourists post-COVID. We are ready,” he said.

The state tourism ministry is currently working on re-shaping the state as a tourism destination. Expecting a drop in the footfall post-COVID-19 lockdown, the state is focusing on qualitative tourism instead of quantitative approach which focus on larger tourist influx.

“After Lockdown 3, movement along inter-state routes via bus and train as well as by flights should be allowed, but with restrictions, especially because Goa, a COVID-free green zone, was flanked on both sides by Karnataka and Maharashtra, with a high incidence of cases,” Sawant said.

During his interaction with PM Narendra Modi, Sawant also urged PM to allow the resumption of mining activities in the state. 

Goa COVID-19 free, but risks losing 70,000 tourism jobs to coronavirus lockdown

According to the Union Health Ministry data, Goa is coronavirus free. Of the seven cases detected in that state till date, all have been discharged/ cured. Currently, there are no active cases of coronavirus in Goa. Further, the state has reported no death due to COVID-19. 

In what portrays the coastal state’s dependence on tourism, 40 per cent of Goa’s revenue is generated from tourism. According to information available in the open domain, 40 per cent of Goa’s population is dependent on tourism. Due to ongoing lockdown, the state may lose over 70,000 jobs.