Panaji: Over the previous yr, the tourism division has enhanced its promotions and participation in worldwide commerce festivals and highway exhibits. Nonetheless, commerce members are sceptical in regards to the end result.
This week, the tourism division crew is in Europe to conduct roadshows in partnership with the Pacific Asia Journey Affiliation (PATA), India chapter. Within the first week of Might, it should journey to Dubai to attend the Arabian Journey Mart (ATM).
Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte stated the PATA occasion was a hit. “Our first of many initiatives to deliver the world to Goa has come to fruition. Goa tourism’s first leg of PATA conferences in Frankfurt was a convincing success as we deal with bringing high quality tourism,” Khaunte tweeted.
For years, the Journey and Tourism Affiliation of Goa (TTAG) has been demanding that each occasion be assessed for the outcomes, however its pleas have been ignored.
“With the second airport changing into operational, we anticipate worldwide footfalls to rise. Nonetheless, outcomes of the tourism division’s participation in commerce festivals have to be checked,” stated TTAG president Nilesh Shah.
“In view of the drop in European arrivals, the tourism division should analyse how a lot enterprise was generated by means of every participation. If there was no enterprise, discover out what went flawed,” stated former TTAG president Savio Messias.
For years, the tourism division’s participation in journey marts and roadshows was perceived as junkets for the chosen few. Whereas some restrictions have been imposed after it got here to mild that even technical workers got a chance to go on international excursions, some felt it was not sufficient. “Three years in the past, I sought particulars beneath RTI of consumers who interacted with Goa tourism throughout its participation in one of many worldwide occasions, in addition to of those that visited the Goa stall,” stated Messias.
However to his shock, when he despatched out queries to the e-mail addresses that have been supplied by the tourism division, most of those bounced. “There may be scope to imagine that these emails have been pretend,” he stated.
The tourism division participated in commerce occasions in Russia, ITB Berlin, Portugal, amongst others, previously few months. “We have no idea how a lot enterprise was performed at these high-profile tourism occasions,” he stated.
Shah stated that TTAG’s request for an audit shouldn’t be perceived negatively, stating that they don’t want to maintain tabs on anybody, however slightly an train to maintain Goa’s tourism curiosity at coronary heart.