Panaji: Goa’s Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte has said that the state will focus on the non-conventional verticals like hinterland and backwater tourism in the state for the growth of this industry.
Khaunte was allotted State Tourism portfolio along with Information and Technology (IT) by chief minister Dr Pramod Sawant.
Talking to reporters, Khaunte said that Sawant has tabled a budget which has levied no extra taxes on the citizens. “In this circumstances, the department like Tourism plays a major role in collecting revenue,” he said.
Khaunte said that the department will have to create roadmap for tourism for the future which thrust on Hinterland and backwater tourism activities.
He said that the clear stress would be on “quality tourism” and not on “quantity tourism.” Khaunte said that the tourism industry has been affected due to COVID-19 impact, which needs to resurrect now.
Khaunte said that the State government will work in coordination with the centre to develop the tourism sector. “We will sit with the chief minister and mark the priorities,” he added.
The minister said that the tourism sector needs to undergo reforms which can be done after amending the Tourism Act.