‘Goa Wants Richest Tourists, Not Those Who Cook Food Inside Bus’

Panaji- Even as the tourism industry in Goa is looking hopeful, with the Union government recently lifting the ban on tourist visas, state tourist minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said the state wants "richest tourists."

According to news agency ANI, the minister, on Tuesday, also said tourists should enjoy themselves "while respecting Goa's culture."

"We don’t want tourists who consume drugs and who spoil Goa. We don’t want tourists who come to Goa and cook food inside a bus. We want richest tourists," the minister said, adding, "We welcome all tourists but they should enjoy themselves while respecting Goa’s culture."

He said the government in the state is "completely against drugs."

In 2019, the state government had imposed a fine of 2,000 or imprisonment up to three months on those found cooking in Goa's beaches or consuming alcohol in public.

Meanwhile, the government's decision to allow travellers, who are fully vaccinated and coming from a country with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines, to leave the airport and continue on without having to undergo home quarantine is expected to further improve the tourism prospects.

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