Goa’s new tourism minister, Manohar Azgaonkar, has outlined his priorities for tourism this year with safety and security of tourists topping the list. He has said, “We have set the agenda for tourism in Goa, with safety and security of tourist being our number one 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.” From 27.88 lakhs tourist arrivals in 2012, the number went up to 63.30 lakhs arrivals in 2016 reflecting an increase of 44 per cent in both domestic and foreign arrivals to the state. Of this, almost 6.80 lakhs are international tourists. The e-tourist visa alone contributed to one lakh tourists arrivals a year, with other arrivals by luxury cruise vessels, charters. 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 on 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 on safety measures in the state. The State government through the Department of Tourism have 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.