Panaji:Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar today said that local culture would be protected during promotion of tourism in the State.
Responding to the Cut Motions moved by Opposition on Demands for Grants for tourism department during ongoing monsoon session of the assembly, Ajgaonkar said that upcoming Tourism policy will ensure that the culture is left untouched while inviting the travelers to the b each destination.
“Even while drafting the policy and during its implementation, we will preserve Goan culture. We will not allow the culture of the state to be touched,” the minister told the House.
Ajgaonkar also said that the tourism policy for the State of Goa will give thrust on promotion of hinterland in this sector.
The tourism in the talukas of Sattari, Pernem, Dharbandora, Sanguem, Quepem and Canacona would be promoted in a big way, he said.
“We are preparing tourism master plan. We will be soon announcing tourism policy. We will take all the stakeholders and experts of the tourism sector,” the minister stated.
Talking about deaths due to drowning, Ajgaonkar said “few tourists forcibly go in the Sea and lose their lives despite strict warning against swimming.”
He said that the lifeguard agency which has been deputed on the shoreline has been doing good job of saving lives.