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Tourist Safety and Security in Goa

The safety and security of tourists are a big concern for all the tourism boards across India and also across the whole world. Lately, a lot has been done to ensure the safety of tourists and travelers.

In India, it is No 1 priority for Goa Tourism too. Shri Manohar Azgaonkar, Tourism Minister, Govt of Goa has also set up his priorities for tourism with regard to safety and security of tourists.

We all know that be it on or off the coast, tourists make Goa their preferred destination to holiday every season. The increasing number of arrivals whether from the national segment or international segment reinforces one fact that Goa is a much-loved destination all through the year.

The  Government of Goa,  through the Department of Tourism and  Goa Tourism Development Corporation  (GTDC), has been working round the clock not only to cater to the rise in tourist arrivals by  way of providing tourism-related infrastructure but also providing safety and security measures round the clock.

While security measures have been augmented over the years at the  Goa airport,  security measures at the State borders have also been tightened giving tourists a sense of surety about the safety cover available in the State right from point of arrival.

Safety measures at hotels, tourist spots, and across the state is visible and increasing substantially.

A  safety and security cover on the beach through a 100-odd IRB force,  more than  600 lifeguards, special women taxi services, and  CCTV cameras at several tourist locations have added more impetus to safety measures in the state.

Minister for Tourism, Govt of Goa said“We have set the agenda for tourism in Goa, with Safety and Security of tourists being the No 1 priority for the tourism department. The Goa government   through the  Home  department  is  augmenting  budgets  for improving  safety and security measures in the State keeping in mind  the tourism  industry and the importance of providing  a safe  holiday for tourists visiting Goa.”

Known to be a destination for single women travelers, in Goa,  a special women’s helpline 1091 has been set up and two women’s police stations in each of the respective state districts have also been providing services to women in distress.

Likewise, a women’s taxi service, exclusively for women travelers has been functioning successfully and has given a big boost to women travelers.  Records show that while women domestic travelers use this facility extensively,  more than  10 percent of the commuters have been foreign women travelers.

On the beach, lifeguards have been keeping a close watch on and off the waters and have rescued hundreds of tourists from drowning while swimming.  A beach patrol till midnight is also provided and several rescue cases reported.

Today, the State government through the Department of Tourism has availed of funds under the Swadesh Darshan scheme for installing CCTV cameras on the beach belt. The first phase which covers  Sinquerim to Keri is already in progress of installations of the surveillance systems and the second phase covering Panjim to Canacona is awaiting approvals and will be implemented as soon as the same is obtained. Special control rooms for monitoring the CCTV footage will be set up at  Tourist Information Centers at various locations identified. To monitor beach activities at shacks, CCTVs will be made mandatory for all shacks operating on the beaches.

Chairman, GTDC said, “We have never compromised on tourist safety in Goa.  Every year the focus is on stepping up these measures and all agencies involved in this are doing their best to ensure that tourists have a safe holiday in Goa.”

Even during festivals and events which draw lakhs of tourists,  the safety cover is doubled and police have kept a hawk’s eye on larger events like Carnival, Shigmo, Zatras, and feasts celebrated by various communities.

Goa Tourism and Goa Tourism Development Corporation also use their social media platforms which include facebook, Twitter, G +, Instagram, and other websites to sensitize tourists on the do’s and don’ts while holidaying in the state. The tourism department and GTDC also work with the hotel industry and other tourism stakeholders to create awareness among tourists on the safety aspects while touring Goa.

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