Tourism Minister assures tourists ‘Goa is safe and secure’
Goa Tourism Manohar Azgaonkar assured tourists that the State is a safe travel destination, and appealed to global visitors not to panic.
“Certain countries may have concerns over safety and security of their nationals visiting Goa, but the State has taken every measure to ensure the safety and security of tourists so that they enjoy a trouble-free vacation,” said Azgaonkar.
He said he has always insisted that rules and regulations be followed strictly, and that he appreciated travel guidelines given by the U.K. foreign office to its nationals that essentially direct them to follow these rules. The Minister also said that tourists should refrain from getting involved in illegal activities.
The U.K. recently issued a travel advisory for its citizens visiting Goa.
“We are taking stock of safety and security measures at regular intervals, on and off the coast … Our tourist police, local police authorities, Indian Reserve Battalion, lifeguards, all are doing their best to protect tourists day and night,” he said.
Over six million tourists, foreign and domestic, visit Goa every year.
A few months ago, families of 10 foreign nationals, including a British teenager, who were allegedly murdered in Goa had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding an investigation into what they claim are cover-ups by the police.