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Goa minister not hopeful for the recovery of Tourism from July

The need for Indian tourists is critical to the tourism recovery in Goa.

St.Xavier Church, Old Goa
St. Xavier's Church, Old Goa (image source: wikimedia commons)

Mr. Michael Lobo, the science and technology minister of Goa said in the recent announcement that tourism activities will not be possible after July. He said that the reason for his pessimism is the unavailability of a COVID solution.

He said that people are unwilling to travel due to the fear of contracting the virus. The major cities that contribute to the most number of tourists are still struggling with COVID. Mr. Lobo said that if the situation does not improve there will be no tourists.

He stated the fact that the most number of tourists in the month of July are from Delhi. The flights from Delhi have not yet started for Goa and Delhi is one of the worst-hit places for COVID, it is highly likely that people will not choose to travel for a vacation.

The chief minister of Goa Mr. Pramod Sawant is likely to allow the hotels to restart their businesses. There are 230 hotels that have registered with the tourism department showing their preparedness to reopen their facilities.

Mr. Michael Lobo who also owns a hotel said that he has started getting calls for bookings for the coming month of October. These bookings were from Russia and the United Kingdom.

He said that the restaurant businesses largely depend on the Indian tourists which will help Goa’s tourism businesses to recover. But there is less and less hope with the increasing number of cases every day.

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