The tourism minister said Twitter to open for wealthy tourists, Twitter has reactions to this:
Goa, the state that truly depends on tourism, is getting ready to welcome tourists, wherein only selected visitors will be allowed. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said: “After Lockdown 3, movement along inter-state routes via bus and train as well as by flights should be allowed, but with restrictions, especially because Goa, a COVID-free green zone is flanked on both sides by Karnataka and Maharashtra, with a high incidence of cases.”
Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said: “We have to recreate the Goa of the 1960s to kickstart our tourism again. In the 1960s, Goa was beautiful and now in 2020 it is very different from more than 8 million visiting tourists.”
#Goa will have to re-invent its tourism profile and go back to the pristine 1960s, to get the industry back on its feet, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar (@BabuAjgaonkar) said on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/4DIXeFwqxs
— IANS Tweets (@ians_india) May 7, 2020
He further added, “What we are trying to do along with experts is to take Goa back to the 1960s. We do not want tourists who consume drugs, cook on our roads, or who create nuisance on beaches. We want good tourists who are wealthy and who can appreciate Goa and its culture.”
He further added: “We have to start off from zero. We are right actually in a minus-zero stage now. Until state-to-state level travel can happen we cannot do anything. I feel only when a vaccine is invented or a cure is developed, that tourism movement will begin to happen in Goa.”
Check out how Twitterati reacted to this news:
Can you ever go back in time? Rather than focus on a return to past glories, Goa should look to creating a new tourism paradigm. #futureoftravel | Goa Tourism To Reinvent With 1960s Charm And ‘Wealthy Tourists’https://t.co/X8fam99sHf
— Keith J Fernandez (@withazed) May 11, 2020
@BabuAjgaonkar Can you please explain what does you statement saying only wealthy tourist will be allowed to visit Goa? Being an Indian and as Goa is part of India I do not think you can stop Indian tourists from visiting Goa based on their bank balance.
— surya tej (@suryamailz) May 13, 2020
This is nothing less than utter discrimination on the basis of wealth and income. Don’t behave like Britishers. Goa is anyway more costly than any other Indian state for tourists. Stranded tourists in Goa Today are being demanded in excess of 24k to be driven to Mumbai by taxi
— sanjay (@the_lone_priest) May 9, 2020
So Goa will only be open for wealthy people ? Dear Pramod Sawant think this through again as over 70 percent of the tourists to Goa are budget travellers .
— Elvin Johnson (@ElvinJohnson07) May 9, 2020
@BabuAjgaonkar hello sir. Is it true that you only want to focus on wealthy travelers to Goa and not the budget traveler? When I’m in India I have spent as much as Rs 24,000 and as little as Rs 1600 on a hotel room. I think it would be a mistake to overlook travelers like myself.
— Rich Davis (@RichDavis67) May 8, 2020
Over the past month, Goa was a corona free state. But Goa’s green zone classification is now under threat as there are seven new COVID cases. Of the seven, five belong to one family: husband and wife, their son and daughter, and a one-year-old granddaughter from a second daughter. They were returning from Sholapur back to their home when they were tested at a north Goa facility. The other two cases are from two different destinations.
Meanwhile in Goa. pic.twitter.com/mYhs03D2AO
— Rajjat Karekar (@rajjatkarekar) May 13, 2020
well, it looks like our Goa plans are on hold for a long time now.