Goa tourism representatives to seek CM help over industry issues

 Tuesday, June 4, 2019 


Representatives of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) are slated to meet the chief minister, Mr Pramod Sawant, soon regarding issues concerned to the industry.


TTAG, comprising hoteliers and other tourism stakeholders, is looking forward to an active interaction with the government but is dismayed by the response from tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar.


TTAG has repeatedly alleged that Ajgaonkar is not open to meeting them. On the other hand, the tourism minister has maintained that the industry stakeholders can approach him any time.


A stakeholder said that they were able to meet the tourism minister only once and that too it at a consultative process. “It was not an exclusive meeting,” he said.


One of the issues TTAG has been approaching the government for the last few years, is introduction of taxi meters. TTAG initiated the discussion two years ago and moved the high court for direction to the state government that tourist taxis should be asked to install digital meters. The government is yet to select an agency to provide digital meters to the tourist taxis.


Other issues the industry has taken up time and again is the ministry’s participation in road shows and trade fairs internationally. They have been demanding their inputs be taken into account while choosing destinations for participation.


On a positive note, a TTAG member thanked the government for two recent legislations, one pertaining to stop tourists from cooking in open spaces and penalising those held guilty of drinking on beaches.


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