Goa should decide which way to go: Selja

PTI, PANAJI | 06 March 2010 19:03 IST

The tourism sector does not want something that is not in good taste, union tourism minister Kumari Selja said today, in an apparent veiled discontent against Goa’s projection on tourism map.

Selja said Goa should decide which way it wants to go. "We have much to offer. Wherever we can, we must put a best foot forward," she added.

"We don't want something, which is not in a good taste. We really have so much to offer in terms of culture and heritage," she said, continuing with the reply.

Goa has recently witnessed spate of crimes against foreigners and even the civil groups have raised their apprehensions over the way tourism is promoted in the state.

State's apex commercial body, Goa chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI) had feared that Goa is becoming drug and sex destination. Another tourism body, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), had expressed its opposition to offshore casinos.

Responding to a question today, Selja said that the central government does not recognize existence of casinos in any hotel as a yardstick to its classification.

The minister said the ongoing conference, which is participated by the western states, has laid emphasis on the ecologically safe products. "Increased tourism does not mean that environmental issues need to be sacrificed," she said.

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Goa is fast going on the path of corruption, nepotism, drug trade, environmental degradation, crimes, rapes etc...etc..etc.

It is time everybody wakes up and arrests the downward slump!

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 07 th March 2010 08:08

 

Please Madam Selja, do not offer any packages towards tourism till some proper, educated and non corrupt person is given Tourism portfolio (which is difficult). Thanks to Mickky Tourism is going to nuts. He is busy these days trying to fill his pockets and has concentrated on land filling projects. If you offer any package, make sure that the Centre does the work related to Tourism in Goa, otherwise half the money will go in the personal treasury of Mickky. Please avoid disaster……Menino (Valpoi)

- Menino G.P.T. Fernandes (Valpoi/UK), United Kingdom of Great Britain | 06 th March 2010 23:26

 

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