Goa Tourism Dept. issues strict warning to unregistered tourism businesses

Friday, September 1, 2023


The Tourism government of Goa has cautioned unlicensed vendors that they may face sanctions if their operations are not registered with the government.The Tourism Department has given these businesses a final ultimatum.

Suneel Anchipaka, Tourism Director, has issued a public advisory requesting that various tourism trade operators complete their registration or renewal procedure by September 15, or face appropriate action.

“It has come to the notice of the department that various Tourism Trade related activities such as Hotels/ Guest Houses, Homestays, Tourist Guides, Watersports activities, private shacks, temporary huts, dealers, travel agencies, photographers and a few new activities such as spice plantations, online service providers, adventure sports, etc haven’t been registered/renewed under the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1982 and (are) operating illegally,” the public advisory stated.

The advisory further added, “It is hereby directed that such trade activities shall be registered, on or before September 15, 2023 failing which the same shall be penalised and which may also lead to disconnection of electricity and water connection as per the provisions under the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1982.”

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