State Tourism Ministers Conference






State Tourism Ministers Conference: Goa urges Union Tourism Ministry  to ease out visa processes for tourists, GTDC to  launch Tourism App for tourists, seeks central assistance  to improve  facilities  for pilgrims  visiting Old Goa




Goa Tourism, on  Tuesday, requested the Union  Ministry  for Tourism for easing of e- tourist visa  processes  at the Goa International Airport, Dabolim,  under the  E-Tourist Visa Facility for foreign  nationals  opting  for Goa  as the Port of Arrival.


Speaking at the  National Conference for State Tourism  Ministers  held in the national capital today, Mr. Dayanand Sopte, Chairman  of GTDC,  who led the Goa delegation, also  updated the Union Ministry regarding  Goa’s plans for launching  of a Goa Tourism  App for tourists  which will  serve  as a  platform for information,  grievance redressal,  bookings etc.


During the day-long conference,   the Goa Tourism delegation  participated in  various  workshops,  deliberations and  presented  reports on  various aspects concerning tourism  and  infrastructure development in the State.  


Mr. Sopte also  urged  the  Union  Ministry for Tourism to sanction funds  for development  of  Old Goa churches under PRASHAD SCEHME and  requested Director General  - ASI, Mrs. Usha Sharma to ensure that  ASI grants  timely permissions  to all projects so that all facilities  for pilgrims and tourists can  be created through central assistance. Goa Tourism also briefed delegates about steps taken in the field of adventure tourism where Goa is emerging as a national leader. Thanks to a slew of initiatives launched by GTDC in the recent past such as White Water  Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Scuba-diving, Electric bicycle tours, Motorized Paragliding etc.


Earlier in the day,  the Hon’ble Minister of State  for Tourism and  Culture, Mr.  Prahlad Singh Patel  addressed  the  Conference.  The  Secretary,   Ministry  of Tourism, Govt. of India,  Mr. Yogendra Tripathi   also spoke. This was followed by the Sadhbhavana Diwas Pledge taken  by all  state dignitaries.

A Hindi version  of  Incredible India website  was launched by the Hon’ble Minister of State  for Tourism and  Culture, Mr. Patel who thereafter  handed over MoUs  and LoIs signed under the Adopt a Heritage Program.   A session showcasing the Incredible India tourist facilitator certification programme  and best practices  in tourism sector and  social media campaigns by  two selected State governments were also organized at  the  Conference.


Some  of the other  sessions  at the  conference today  included topics on ‘Developing India as a tourist friendly destination,  developing  an all encompassing  One  Stop Solution including information  on tourism  related services through a web based application and a Grievance Redressal  Mechansim through twitter  and  tourist helpline,  sharing  information  on adventure and  B&B/Home stay guidelines & development   of  tourism  infrastructure under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes.’


Presentations   were made on adventure tourism and Bed & Breakfast/Home stay  scheme guidelines and   on status of projects  sanctioned under the Swadesh Darshan and  PRASHAD schemes and implementation of  Public Financial Management  Systems (PFMS).