Govt identifying reasons for the drop in tourists, working with experts and stakeholders


Govt identifying reasons  for the drop in tourists, working with experts and stakeholders, solutions soon: Ajgaonkar

The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar today allayed anxieties of the tourism & hospitality industry in Goa assuring to work out mechanisms to increase tourist footfalls to Goa and appealed to all stakeholders to co-operate with the Goa government in this direction.
Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar said,  “We had a very fruitful deliberation today with tourism stakeholders and  I welcome all their inputs and suggestions for improving tourism in Goa.  That there is a drop in tourist arrivals needs to be looked into seriously and whatever the problems identified will be looked into jointly taking into confidence all the tourism associations and stakeholders. Goa government  along with tourism stakeholders   and  its experts will  identify all the problems and  work out solutions  in the coming days  on the  cause of  the  drop in tourists to Goa and  work out solutions   as quickly as possible.”
Mr. Ajgaonkar said that he would also work in close tandem with other government departments namely police and local authorities wherever required to ensure a clean and safe environment for tourists visiting Goa.
He also urged the stakeholders to deliberate with Goa Tourism and review the Marketing strategy in terms of its promotions nationally and internationally.
Chairing a meeting at the Secretariat in Porvorim today and  attended by  various travel and  tourism  associations,  hoteliers and  stakeholders,  Mr. Ajgaonkar heard  issues    voiced and  solutions  slated by the   trade bodies &  hoteliers which included improving infrastructure,  cleanliness, and  hygiene, better air connectivity, better public transport systems,  use of the State waterways, introducing  more  tourism initiatives, incentives,  etc.
The tourism  stakeholders  urged Mr. Ajgaonkar to  look into issues  concerning  harassment to tourists  on various fronts,  nuisances caused by organized begging at tourist locations,  unreasonable  taxi  charges by local operators,  high GST, pathetic condition of  accesses  to tourist locations, parking problems  for  long halt flights at Dabolim, high visa charges,  need for introducing payback incentives on visa charges,  incentives to  the hospitality  industry etc.
The  Travel and  Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) led by Mr. Savio Messias  assured  Mr. Ajgaonkar to  submit a report shortly on  various problems irking  tourism  in Goa which would further help the government tackle the problems,   and    also assured that the tourism stakeholders would jointly  work out mechanisms  with the government for improving tourism in Goa.
The Director, Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Goa,  Mr.  Sanjiv  Gadkar, Mr. Rajesh Kale, Dy. Director, Dept.  of Tourism,  Mr.  Gavin Dias, GM – GTDC and members of the State Level  Marketing and  Promotion Committee, Mr. Nandan Kudchadkar
and Mr. Abhijeet Walke were present.