PANAJI: Calangute MLA Michael Lobo today said that he has emailed Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi regarding the e-visa for UK, Russia and other countries, which will be beneficial for Goa to increase tourism and employment.
“I have emailed our honourable PM regarding the e-visa for UK, Russia and other countries, which will be beneficial for goa to increase tourism and employment,” said Lobo.
He further said that he had written to the PM to personally intervene in the matter and facility of E-visa should be given to United Kingdom Nationals.
“It is very much important, and the same facility should go to Russia and Ukraine citizens; these are the places where Goa would get their tourists; I do not know whether any charter flights will come from Russia”, he added.
Lobo said that he was very confident that charter flights from UK would come down to Goa, but E-visa should be granted.
“A proposal has been sent from the Tourism Department and the Chief Minister to the central government, and I have also written to the Prime Minister,” Lobo informed.
Goa tourism industry stakeholders have said their business is likely to get affected this tourist season due to the withdrawal of the e-visa facility for visitors from the United Kingdom.
The chartered flights which were supposed to arrive from the UK in October, when the new tourist season commences in Goa, have been postponed to November, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) president Nilesh Shah said on Tuesday.