Manohar Ajgaonkar, the tourism minister of Goa, while speaking at the Travel and Tourism Fair in Kolkata on Sunday, confirmed that the consumption of beef is not banned in the state for tourists and they can eat whatever they want.
Ajgaonkar assured that the Central Government’s action of banning sale of cattle for the purpose of slaughter does not bear any impact on the tourism sector.
The three day fair was organized at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata. A total of eight Indian states and 12 other countries participated in the event to promote their tourist destinations.
The Indian Express quotes the tourism minister of Goa, at the event, saying.
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Beef is not banned in Goa. The tourists would get whatever they want to eat. They can eat whatever they like. In Goa, the Hindus, Muslims, Catholics are staying together for many years. An environment of communal harmony prevails there.
The state’s tourism minister also asserted that the implementation of GST in the beginning of this month has not had any negative impact on the tourism sector of Goa, which has been one of the most important tourist attractions of India for national as well as international tourists.
Talking about the various steps taken by central and state government in order to boost the tourism sector of Goa further, Manohar Ajgaonkar said,
Security of tourists is our topmost priority. The central government has already provided us with Rs 100 crore for developing the tourism infrastructure. We are investing another Rs 50 crore for marketing and advertisement purpose. The tourism department has set up several toilets, changing rooms, bathrooms and other necessary facilities for the convenience of tourists.