GFP raises concern over tourism road shows, urging slump in tourist footfalls

The mishaps happened in the recently concluded Sunburn festival bought in a lot of negative publicity for the Goa tourism department

Goa Forward Party, Goa, Tourism, Sunburn festival, Thomas Cook

Goa Forward Party has commented on Goa’s tourism saying that the tourism sector, one of the mainstays of the coastal state's economy, needs to be brought back on track. It was said that Goa’s tourism department’s roadshow have failed to give any boost to the sector and serves only as ‘picnics’.

According to GFP, these tourism road shows organised by the government were a drain on the exchequer and is fetching no returns in terms of footfalls.Addressing a press conference, GFP President Vijai Sardesai said, "Our clear cut demand is that there should be a ban on road shows. These are nothing but picnics for the tourism minister and families."

He also hit out at the organisation of the Sunburn festival, saying the state government was justifying it claiming it brought in INR 250 crore, despite "proliferation of drugs" there.

No official statement was issued by the Goa Tourism Ministry on the above statement by GFP. But a tourism department official said such road shows helped showcase the state's tourism sector to international travellers. He said a slump in Goa tourism was because of UK firm Thomas Cook going bankrupt. Chartered flights operated by Thomas Cook had brought in several thousand foreign tourists to Goa last year, he pointed out.

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