PANAJI: The Shiv Sena Monday stated minister Manohar Ajgaonkar’s questionable remarks about visitors to Goa did not augur well for the tourist market which was the essential earnings earner for the seaside state.
GoaTourism Minister Ajgaonkar’s remarks where he threatened to “chase away” travelers who defied Goan culture showed his “arrogance”, Shiv Sena’s Goa representative Rakhi Prabhudesai Naik stated.
“This kind of an arrogant statement does not augur well for the growth of tourism industry in the state,”she stated.
Naikincluded that while foreign travelers gone to Goa on shoe-string spending plans, domestic tourists invested loan on their getaways in the state.
“Ajgaonkar should remember that after the systematic collapse of the mining industry by the state government which he supports, Goa’s economy is solely dependent on tourism,” Naikstated in a declaration provided here.
“Statements after statements against domestic tourists by ministers in the state cabinet seem to be a planned move towards achieving a certain goal, which we can’t predict right now,”she stated.
Thesejibes versus travelers did not come out of no place, she stated, declaring that they were prepared and might be targeted at assisting the luxury hotel lobby or specific other areas of the tourist market.
Naikstated after ending up being the tourist minister, Ajgaokar had actually all of a sudden begun upholding the reason for “Goenkarponn” (Goanness).
“He has forgotten the fact that he is representing the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, which was all out to sell ‘Goenkarponn’ during the (1967) opinion poll (referendum) time,”she declared.
Naikstated the tourist minister required lessons on the state’s economy.
“Ajgaonkar should talk to tourism stakeholders and they will tell you how these foreign tourists come here on a shoestring budget of some USD 2 a day and spend their time with just one beer in the shack,”she declared.
Domestictravelers invested loan on their Goa getaways, Naik stated.
Sheincluded that movies showcasing Goa were offering totally free promotion to the state as a traveler location.
“The tourism industry, which was spending about Rs 20 crore a year just on advertising Goa as a holiday destination across the country, is currently blessed with the branding done through various movies,”she stated.
“That has come free of cost and that is the reason why domestic tourists throng Goa,”Naik included.
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