Herald: TTAG advises ministers to be diplomatic in their speech
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TTAG advises ministers to be diplomatic in their speech

13 Feb 2018 06:01am IST

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13 Feb 2018 06:01am IST

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Tells them not to be blunt; Says tourism body is deliberating to find a solution to the problem

PANJIM: Goa’s tourism stakeholders’ body, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), has advised ministers Vijai Sardesai and Manohar Azgaonkar to be more diplomatic and not make blunt statements against domestic tourists. The umbrella organisation has suggested dealing with low-budget tourists traveling to the coastal State in huge numbers in a better manner.

“We are aware of this problem (nuisance created by low budget and drive-in domestic tourists) and concerned about it. TTAG has been deliberating on the issue and trying to brainstorm to find a solution. They (the two ministers) should also handle the situation diplomatically other than by being blunt. We, being from the hospitality industry, should look at it in a better way,” TTAG President Savio Messias said, speaking to Herald after the remarks by the two ministers has irked some tourists. 

Sardesai, Goa Forward Party President and TCP Minister had posted a video expressing his anguish to an incident wherein a domestic tourist was seen urinating from a bus along the Miramar-Dona Paula road. His calling the nuisance makers ‘scum of the earth’ evoked anger among some visitors who have taken to social media criticising him.

A day later, Tourism Minister Azgaonkar commented that he would chase away tourists who do not care about Goan culture and Goanness.  

Messias took a pot shot at a few in the government for making ‘mere statements rather than acting on it strictly’. 

“We need to look at this problem in a diplomatic manner. We cannot hurt the domestic tourist as well as the hospitality industry, but must solve this problem. It will take time but changes will happen,” he opined. 

He went on to add that to act against nuisance makers, the enforcement agency should be vigilant. “Just making statements in the media will not help. We find the authorities are sleeping. They have to be proactive. There is a need for a solution instead of just making statements,” he added.

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