Panaji: Goa Tourism Department has issued advisory prohibiting several things including clicking of selfies or pictures of other tourists without their permission or while sunbathing or sea swimming.
The Department on Thursday has issued the advisory that takes care of several issues that are concerning the industry.
“Do not take selfies and photographs, without permission of other tourists/ strangers, especially while sunbathing or sea swimming, so as to respect their privacy,” the advisory reads which also prohibits taking selfies at dangerous locations like steep cliffs, sea rocks, etc., as this may lead to accidents.
The department has also advised not to destroy or damage heritage sites by scribbling graffiti or other forms of damage to the monuments. “Do not hire illegal private taxis. Insist on metered fares to avoid overcharging. It is thereby advised to the public to ensure these rules enforced are to be diligently followed,” it adds.
The department has said that the tourists are hereby advised to book accommodation with legal hotels/villas or accommodation facilities duly registered with the Department of Tourism.
“Consumption of alcohol in open areas like beaches etc. is prohibited and is a punishable offence. However, alcohol may be consumed responsibly inside the legally licensed premises like shacks / restaurants, hotels etc,” the advisory reads.
The department has said that tourists are cautioned against hiring private vehicles / renting cabs/bikes that are not legally registered with Transport Department and those that do not hold a valid permit.
“Tourists are advised not to entertain illegal touts or agents for booking watersports and river cruises. Tourists must insist on a registration certificate issued by Tourism Department while booking such services and book such services only from registered travel agents or registered online portals.”
The advisory has said the Cooking food in open areas is prohibited and may lead to prosecution and seizure of cooking items and a penalty upto Rs 50,000.