Mumbai: In a recent development, the Goa cabinet has approved a new tourism policy that emphasizes making the state drug-free and prohibits tourists from cooking in open areas.
State Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told reporters that the Pramod Sawant-led cabinet on Wednesday approved the Tourism Policy-2020, which would provide “proper direction to the industry.”
“We want good tourists to come here. We should not be seen as a drug destination. Our effort is to make Goa a drug-free state,” he said.
Under the new policy, tourists who arrive in groups and cook in open places will be punished.
The policy also envisages the formation of the Goa Tourism Board, which involves industry stakeholders to include short and long term goals for tourism in the state.
He said that the objective of the tourism policy is to promote the beauty and nature of Goa including Hindon, which is attracting special attention from the beaches.
The minister said, “The state is known for its heritage and natural beauty. Our focus will be to focus on these aspects to attract more tourists.”
He said the policy would be adopted as law during the next session of the state assembly.