Says Goa wants tourists to come and enjoy State culture; CCTV cameras to be installed wherever required
PANJIM: Tourists, who create a nuisance and behave against the cultural ethos of the State, will be dealt with strictly, Tourism Minister Manohar (Babu) Azgaonkar said on Friday.
Speaking to the media after inaugurating the Goa Food and Cultural Festival and asked to comment on a recent incident of a tourist caught urinating from a tourist bus window, the Minister said, “Such people who do not maintain the decorum of the State culture and behave against our ethos will be dealt with very strictly. We want tourists who come to enjoy the culture and have high regards for the State.”
Stating that tourism infrastructure and tourist safety will be a priority, Azgaonkar said, “Wherever the police feel there is a need to install CCTV cameras we will install. The installation process has begun. However, to cover all the coastal areas it will take some time,” he added.
He said over two lakh visitors are expected for the five-day Goa Food and Cultural Festival. The festival includes food and lifestyle stalls, performances by national bands, live music by top Goan bands, international dance performances, fashion show, sand sculpture workshop and Chef de Goa Cooking Contest.
Stage set for Carnival 2018
The stage is set for Carnival, the festival of music, fun and frolic that will be flagged off in Panjim on Saturday.
King Momo, Bruno Azavedo, will declare the four-day-long Carnival open as he will read the decree of ‘Eat, Drink and make Merry’. This year’s extravaganza that coincides with the Goa Food & Cultural Festival, will lay emphasis on ‘Clean and Beautiful Goa.’ Goa Police is participating for the first time in the float parade to spread social messages on issues like drugs, traffic, etc. The float parade will start off at the Science Centre and culminate near Caranzalem Park. The total prize money for the float competitions has been enhanced to Rs 7.35 lakh as against Rs 6.25 lakh last year.
Alongside the Carnival festival, Panjim Carnival Committee has organised Samba Square at Panjim, Garcia de Orta garden on all four days. The event of music, dance, food and drinks will also have special zone for children with games and other fun activities.