PANAJI: Attributing the drop in tourist footfalls to global recession and global economic crisis, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Saturday urged the tourism stakeholders to provide their suggestions for addressing the issue.
“There are many who complain and criticise us…the stakeholders should tell us how to face the situation and move forward. The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has all the experts with them so they should give us their valuable inputs and point out where we are failing and falling short,” said Ajgaonkar while speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a function at Kala Academy in Panaji.
When questioned as to why he failed to hold a meeting with the stakeholders, including the TTAG, he said, “They had given a letter a year back but later they didn’t follow up with us. If they were really interested they would have come again.”
The minister said that the concerns raised by TTAG are being addressed by the government. “TTAG has raised its concerns over security of tourists, beach cleaning and illegal vendors on beaches…I have already taken up the issue and I am addressing it,” he said.