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.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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