Goa Bans Tourists Consuming Drugs & Cooking In Public As Part Of New Tourism Policy

by Suchismita Pal
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According to a report by a leading portal, Goa is the 11th best travel destination in the world. The Goa tourism policy has been recently updated, barring tourists from consuming drugs and cooking in public. The state cabinet approved the same on October 14, 2020, according to Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar. This decision has been taken by the state to protect its natural beauty and culture.  The new tourism policy has also introduced a Goa Tourism Board for recognising and actualising long and short term objectives for the industry.

Goa bans drugs cooking in public

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Goa Prohibits Tourists From Consuming Drugs And Cooking In Public Places

Goa has recently prohibited tourists from consuming drugs and cooking in public. According to Business Insider, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told reporters, “Goa’s beauty is famous all over the world. We have to take tourism ahead by promoting its culture and natural beauty.” He added, “We do not want drugs and tourists who consume drugs. We do not want people who cook food on the streetside.” Budget tourists often used to travel to Goa in large vehicles to camp and cook in public places and footpaths. Since the last few years, this issue had been a subject of debate in the assembly with lawmakers. Meanwhile, did you know about the hidden gem of South Goa, the Butterfly Beach?

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Introduction Of The Goa Tourism Board

A significant change in the new travel strategy in Goa is the introduction of the Goa Tourism Board, a body containing travel industry stalwarts and partners who have been entrusted with recognising and actualising long and short term objectives for the industry.

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Goa had fully reopened for tourists from September 1, without the mandate to produce COVID-19 negative certificates. Goa Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant announced the reopening of bars and restaurants too, following the guidelines of MHA. Meanwhile, here’s a virtual tour of Goa from the comfort of your couch:

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