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Put your house in order before going for road shows: Michael Lobo

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Parra (Mapusa): Port Minister Michael Lobo on Saturday said that tourism stakeholders should first put their house in order before going for road shows to invite quality tourists.

Lobo said that alike destinations like Sri Lanka, Goa should also hold regular meeting of tourism stakeholders to sort out the issues faced by the industry.

“First of all put your house in order and then go for road shows.. Go for road shows when you are  ready for the tourists. Are you ready? Are your rules and regulations, does and don’t’ in place? We are expecting quality tourist. Can they come when they are troubled by touts?,” he questioned.

Speaking to www.goanewshub.com, Lobo said that the tourism stakeholders should know that when they go for road shows , they are spending money from State exchequer.

“You are spending public exchequers’ money. It should not be spent unless you are ready to promote Goa as destination,” he said.

Insisting that tourism stakeholders should meet regularly, Lobo said that every stakeholder should be called for the meeting. There should be two meetings every month.

“Every union representatives should be called for the meeting, which is not happening in Goa. Everything is haywire. One person is following one rule, another is following another.”

“If we don’t address these issues then we will have major problem.. Tourists who comes to Goa has to go with good memories. He should not feel something has been done wrong,” he said.

“This thing we need to solve all these issues which are facing the industry,” he added.

Lobo said that recently, he had to take meeting with tourism department and stakeholders to control the minors from vending on the beaches.

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