Panaji: Seaside shack operators alleged that the tourism division doesn’t contemplate them as business stakeholders and routinely leaves them out of conferences convened to debate vital points. Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte rubbished the accusation, stating he has held a number of discussions with shack operators.
“It isn’t true. Two days in the past, I had a gathering with them once they contacted me to clarify the issues confronted by a few of them who obtained showcause notices,” Khaunte advised TOI.
Seaside shack operators mentioned that they haven’t been given the significance they deserve regardless of being an important a part of the business.
“It’s unhappy that the tourism minister will not be eager about listening to our views. I believe they nonetheless don’t know the significance of shacks and the position we play in selling tourism,” mentioned secretary of the Shack Homeowners Welfare Society (SOWS), John Lobo.
The most recent cause for them getting upset will not be being invited to the stakeholders assembly chaired by the tourism minister two days in the past.
The assembly was held to debate varied initiatives of the tourism division in addition to the necessities of the brand new taxi app.
Current for the assembly have been senior officers of the division and members of the commerce physique, Journey and Tourism Affiliation of Goa, amongst others.
Throughout vacationer season, 350 to 360 seashore shacks are permitted to be arrange alongside varied seashore stretches, with the biggest quantity allotted on the larger seashores of Candolim, Calangute and Baga.
Alleging that they’re being discriminated towards, and TTAG is being given preferential therapy, president of SOWS, Cruz Cardozo, mentioned they haven’t been given illustration on the Goa Tourism Board (GTB).
The GTB has held three conferences because it got here into being final 12 months.
“Now we have been disregarded of the GTB. I don’t know why,” mentioned Cardozo.
Khaunte, nevertheless, mentioned that there’s a provision to ask representatives of seashore shack and water sports activities operators to be a part of the GTB and that the supply shall be invoked.
“Through the pandemic, we lowered charges for seashore shacks and prolonged the seashore shack coverage by a 12 months as a result of we perceive their issues,” mentioned the tourism minister.
“I don’t settle for that we’ve got uncared for them and don’t contemplate them part of the business,” he mentioned.