Already sinking tourism industry in Goa faces another roadblock as the Tourism Minister remains adamant over appointing of the Government representatives on the Tourism Board. According to him, the power shall remain with the Government. The composition of the proposed Goa Tourism Board (GTB) which was formed under the Draft Tourism Policy remains in abeyance …
Despite of the red flag tourists coming down to Goa from various parts of country and across the world does not take the cognisance of the same and decide to venture into the choppy seawater resulting into the drowning but the vigilant Life Guards posted on the beaches across Goa make all their efforts to save the lives of these tourists.
The Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho today announced government decision to issue new tourist taxi permits to around 800-odd vehicles in the State. This announcement comes after a delay of almost 2 months. It has also decided to grant time till January 2020 fo taxi operators to apply and obtain a badge, which has been made mandatory.
Imagine the shacks had been set up and the Cyclonic rain have destroyed everything. Incessant rains lashing the state in the past two days have brought life to a standstill. The coastal areas were hit the most especially the Calangute – Candolim beach stretch on Friday. Gauravaddo in Calangute and Ximer in Candolim were the worst affected what with the seawater having entered houses and large tracts of land belonging to hotels and resorts being washed away.
Goa known as the sunshine state of India is known for its beach and nightlife. What with Goa being on the threshold of another tourism season, stakeholders in the tourism industry are on their toes preparing for arrivals of tourists as well as grating permissions and renewing of licenses of various hotels, shacks, restaurants, guest houses, transport as well as sports activities in the state. After the CRZ was enforced in the State, over two decades back, the High Court has finally stated that shacks are temporary erections comprising of bamboo and palm leaves and does not fall under construction.
Goa, known as the sunshine state, has a beautiful natural coastline, picturesque sceneries, beautiful heritage homes and places to visit as well as amazing cuisines to savour. While Goa can use these assets in their favor for sustainable tourism, the presence of casinos seems to be a controversial topic amongst all and sundry.
As the tourism season is approaching the tension is mounting amongst shack owners to start the shacks, but it looks like this year the task may not easy as the National Green Tribunal has stayed the implementation of the state’s shack policy as the state failed to submit its Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP). NGT has now directed Goa to submit its coastal plan by November 15th and based on that the future course of action will be decided.
Many may not agree to this, but we cannot close our eyes to the reality, and the reality is, there are several cases of tourists, domestic as well as the foreigners being fleeced in Goa by the people connected to the tourism industry. It is the issue of debate as to how many of them are Goans and outsiders involved in this, but in the end, our tourism industry is getting affected. to atop this Goa’s CM, Mr. Pramod Sawant had appealed the people connected to the tourism industry of Goa to restrain from Looting and Thrashing the tourists.
The Hotel Industry in Goa is suffering the loss of revenue despite the fact that the tariff of the rooms kept rising. According to the reports, the hotels in Goa facing a 5.5% fall in revenue. The hoteliers blame various aspects of the industry for the fall in their revenue. Some call it it is due to the fall of Jet Airways while others claim it is due to the long election period, but whatever may be the reason one thing is sure that the tourism industry has been affected badly and the hotels in the north Goa beach belts are more influenced compared to the south Goa.
The Olive Ridley Turtles are one of the protected species of the turtle across the country and in Goa is discovered only at Morjim, Arambol, Galgibaga and Agonda and poaching of these turtles is against the law and the video that is going viral on the social media shows that a local man dragging a turtle caught in his net with no concern. A video put up by a tourist, Mr. Sohil Lalani in South Goa, is doing the rounds on Social media.
One of Goa’s most Iconic and, famed Colva beach, is losing its sobriquet of iconic, thanks to migrant women who bother the hordes of domestic tourists who visit the beach. These women pester tourists to get tattoos done on their bodies. These migrant women are the undisputed rulers on this beach, day in and day out, either due to negligence on part of Tourism Department or Home Department whose men in uniform who turn a blind eye to the activities of these migrants.
Colva is the only beach selected amongst 11 other tourist destination in India to be developed under the Iconic Tourist Sites Development Project by the Ministry of Tourism. Yet, despite over 11 crores allotted for the beautification of this iconic beach, it remains in shambles, especially it’s foot-bridge which posing danger to the tourist walking over it. Meanwhile, GTDC and PWD keep passing the buck.