Panjim, 7 September: The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar today categorically stated that Goa is a safe destination for tourists both foreign and domestic and the law of the land is strong enough to protect and safeguard tourists in Goa.
While certain countries may have concerns over safety and security of their nationals visiting Goa, Mr. Ajgaonkar said, “Goa has taken every measure to ensure that tourists who visit the State are safe. Measures have been taken to enhance the safety and security of tourists so that they enjoy a trouble free vacation in the State.”
“I have always maintained right from the time that I took over as the minister for tourism that whatever rules and regulations are in force in the state for the purpose of tourism should be followed tooth and nail,” Mr. Ajgaonkar said.
“In fact I appreciate the travel tips enlisted by the UK foreign office to its nationals which virtually directs them to follow certain guidelines which every tourist should anyway follow.”
The tourism minister categorically stated that all tourists must follow the rules and regulations at various places they visit and should totally refrain from getting indulged in illegal activities. He further said that when Indians travel abroad they too are expected to abide by the laws of the land they are visiting to enjoy a safe holiday.
“We are taking stock of safety and security measures for tourists at regular intervals be in on and off the coast considering the fact that tourist footfalls to Goa are increasing every year. From a figure of two million tourist arrivals in 2006, Goa now receives over six million tourists, both domestic and foreign. Our tourist police, local police authorities, IRB force, lifeguards are doing their best to protect tourists day and night,” he said.
Mr. Ajgaonkar has appealed to global visitors not to panic. He reiterated that over the years Goa has been bagging several awards as the Best State for its Nightlife, as the Best State for Leisure and Relaxation, the Best Family Holiday Destination and all this comes from the fact that Goa has earned the recognition of being a safe holiday destination.