PANAJI: Union tourism minister G Kishan Reddy on Saturday requested vacationers to not cancel their vacation plans over fears of third coronvirus wave, saying folks ought to as a substitute give attention to sustaining precautionary protocol and vaccination.
Reddy made the assertion throughout his go to to Goa the place tourism is acknowledged because the spine of the Goan financial system, with 40% of the inhabitants straight or not directly depending on it.
“The tourism sector not just in India, but across the world was affected… Domestic tourism is picking up now and people are travelling to destinations in a big number. But today, there is some talk that there may be a third wave. But I request people, whether the third wave comes or not, everyone (with travel plans) should follow corona protocol and travel to tourist destinations,” Reddy mentioned at a Press convention throughout his go to on Saturday.
“Those who are getting vaccinations should get completely vaccinated with two doses of Covid-19 vaccine. This will help to revive the tourism sector at a much greater speed. States and UTs are requested to ensure maximum vaccination of beneficiaries in cities as well as villages,” he said.
“On an international level, we are studying the situation the world over through our embassies. There is information about the impending third wave in some countries. In those countries, we have focussed on tourists from those countries and have also increased monitoring. I am fully confident that we can control the third wave. Our efforts are that the third wave does not hit India,” he added.
The Union minister was within the state to inaugurate a slew of vacationer services funded by way of the Union authorities together with at Colva seaside, Old Goa, Aguada in North Goa amongst others.
The tourism ministry later issued a clarification on the minister’s assertion and reiterated to to the official assertion issued on the Press convention.
“Shri Reddy also cautioned the citizens to follow Covid protocols as tourism is seeing steady growth in the country after the first year of the pandemic. “Domestic tourism is seeing and upward trend in the country. Currently since a third wave of Covid-19 is being suspected across the world, I request people to strictly adhere to Covid protocol during their visits to tourist destinations,” he (minister) said, based on the assertion.