Minster for Waste Management and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said that the number of tourists has dropped, especially, of the foreign tourists, and a study needs to be done to find the reason for that. Lobo was interacting with the media persons in Mapusa. “We need to rectify our mistakes. Definitely, we have done something wrong for the foreign tourists to stop coming to the state. They are actually going to some other places, especially, the European tourists, for whom Goa was preferred and most lovable destination. So, we need to study this, and we need to implement the rules which are in place or frame new rules so that the tourists do not go back with bad memories,” he said. He further said, “We need to study the drop in the number of tourists, especially, the foreign tourists, and for this all have to be involved including the tourism department, GTDC, TTAG, and shack owners,” and added that all stakeholders should be called for a periodical review meeting to find out the decline in the numbers of foreign tourists in Goa.
Commenting on the visitors coming on December 31, Lobo said that they are not tourists, they are visitors to the state for eight hours or nine hours, and so we cannot call them as tourists. “They come from Sindhudurg, Sawantwaddi, Karwar, Belgavi and others areas which are just touching our borders. They come with bottles of alcohol; they are not small in number. I saw them on December 31 night, more than 20,000 of them walking from Calangute to Baga. Vehicles could not move because they were walking not on the footpath but on the road and police had to practically come and do a human chain for the vehicles to move on,” said Lobo. He further said that “these people are all neighboring state visitors. They reach at 4 o’clock or 5 o’clock and they go early in the morning at 5 or 6 or 7 o’clock depending on the time they wake up. We cannot discriminate against them and tell them that they cannot come. The beach belongs to everyone.”