Goa Ports Minister Michael Lobo has informed the press that foreign visitors would start entering in the state by October. The announcement was given by the Minister as booking slots for chartered flights have commenced at the Dabolim Airport in Goa. Most of the reservations are being done by tourists from European nations, especially Russia.
Lobo told the press that seeing the present situation of lockdown, under COVID-19 crisis in Goa, the state tourism sector needs six to eight months for redevelopment and 12-14 months to reach the footfall it would get even before the lockdown was enforced in the state.
The minister also added that bars in Goa should also be permitted to run just like the restaurants.
In the Meantime, under the prevailing situation, Goa is not equipped to receive tourists from other parts of India at least till July. A lot of tourists in Goa come from Delhi and NCR but, since the flights from Delhi to Goa are banned for now, Goa’s tourism industry is deeply hit due to the small number of tourists.
Apparently, the hotel businesses in Goa, after mass firings during the lockdown, are battling for survival in the lack of financial support. The industry has pleaded to the government and sought permission to restart its operations now before it is too late.