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Goa acknowledges significant drop in tourist arrivals

Panaji: Tourists arrival in Goa is on decline, acknowledged Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Wednesday and underlined the need to work out solutions to address the issue.
“There is a drop in tourist arrivals in Goa and it needs to be looked into seriously,” Ajgaonkar told reporters after chairing the meeting with the industry stakeholders in Panaji.
“The problems identified will be looked into jointly after taking into confidence all the tourism associations and stakeholders,” the minister said.
Travel and tourism industry stakeholders are expected to submit a comprehensive report on issues affecting tourist arrivals, an official said.
Industry stakeholders have cried hoarse trying to draw the government’s attention to dropping tourist footfall over the past few years, and blaming the Tourism Ministry for not doing enough to promote the state. Ajgaonkar assured that his ministry would review the marketing strategy to promote Goa as a tourism destination more efficiently. (IANS)

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