Tourism in Goa is earning a bad name with the state slowly emerging as a “drug and sex destination,” the states apex commerce body has said.
Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), in its pre-budget memorandum submitted to Chief Minister Digamber Kamat on Tuesday has voiced its concern over bad repute the state earned due to recent incidents.
“There is no basic tourism and entertainment infrastructure in the state. Problems of law and order and garbage will spell doom for the state tourism,” the memorandum signed by GCCI president Cesar Menezes says.
The memorandum was handed over to Kamat by GCCI delegation which discussed the issues in detail with him so that they could be inculcated in the ensuing State budget.
GCCI has said, “There is need to encourage private participation in development of tourism infrastructure.”
The apex body’s virtual discontentment against the happenings on tourism front comes as a rejoinder to the recent press conference by Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) which had feared to lose the tourism to Russian mafia threat.