The G20 summit is expected to be held in India in 2023, after India takes over the G-20 chairmanship in December 2022. The events have not been decided. A G-20 event in Goa will be the third major international event in the state after Chogm (1983) and Brics (2016).
Following the two international events, the state experienced an increase in foreign tourist visitation.
“After Covid-19, the state has become one of the top tourist destinations in the country for domestic and international tourists and a G-20 event will give it a boost,” he said.
Sawant had met the PM in New Delhi on Friday.
After ‘Har ghar jal’, Goa will be the first state to have ‘har ghar fiber (internet) connection’, CM said after launching online tourist registration services to facilitate business in tourism sector tourism. He said registering with the government will have a double benefit for the tourism industry – first, it will be registered and, second, the state will advertise the business on its website.
“With this, no one will be able to do illegal business in the tourism sector and the tourism department with the help of other departments like police and excise will act against any illegal tourist activity in the state,” said the CM.
Sawant said the state government will launch fee-based public transport for tourists to visit the tourist spots in the hinterland. “Tourists can take advantage of paid tourist public transportation on Saturdays and Sundays to explore the state’s hinterland. Our sanctuaries have still not been explored. We also need to promote monsoon tourism,” he said.
Stating that Goa should become the tourism capital of India, Sawant said there was a need for tourism players to connect.
“It is not just the hospitality industry but those who love adventure sports or tour guides should also log in to make Goa the tourism capital of India. It is not only the government’s job, but all tourism stakeholders must also cooperate to achieve the goal.
Sawant said if the hospitality industry partners with the government, then the state can host big events and conventions. He said if we keep Goa green and clean then only the state will see tourists in large numbers.
Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte said online tourist registration services were launched to ease the difficulties faced by tourism stakeholders. Hotels, guesthouses, homestays, travel agents, spice plantations and cabins on private properties, among others, must apply online, he said.
“Within the period stipulated under the Time-Limited Right to Service Act, if a certificate is not issued online, then it would be considered a deemed endorsement. The department must take responsibility for ensuring that deliveries are made on time,” Khaunte said.