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Goa travel industry meets G Kishan Reddy; pleads elections should not play spoilsport for tourism business
The travel and tourism industry representatives in Goa under the aegis of Travel & Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) met the Union Tourism, Culture & DoNER Minister, G Kishan Reddy today and asked for his intervention so that the ensuing elections in the state do not play spoilsport on tourism business and industry activities.

The industry leaders expressed their apprehensions about so many restrictions on excise and other things implemented in the state once the election code of conduct comes into effect on notification of elections.

The international chartered flights have just started coming into the state and a lot of weddings are pre-booked in Goa in the months of January and February. Any restriction on these pre-booked businesses will be highly damaging to the destination, said Nilesh Shah, President, TTAG, in a telephonic conversation with ET TravelWorld after meeting the Union Minister. “We asked for fewer restrictions from Excise/Police departments on the tourism industry during elections,” he said.

Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, appeals to the tourism industry to abide by all the Coronavirus-related protocols, during the festive season to prevent the transmission of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus in the state.

Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Tourism, Port, Shipping & Waterways, was also present at the meeting. The delegation also raised the issue of 5 lakh free e-visas announced by the government which will expire on March 31, 2022. They asked the Union Minister to extend the deadline further in the light of the Covid-19 situation and the government continuing with the suspension of the international scheduled flights into India.

The TTAG delegation also asked the Ministers to look into the difficulties faced by international tourists coming by chartered flights due to random testing in Goa.

Among other demands, the delegation took up the issue of GST rationalisation and the TCS issue with the Ministers. “The Minister wanted to meet us to discuss and understand the issues of the industry. Generally, it happens the other way round. This shows the positive approach of the Minister and the government. We appreciate that and look forward to some positive action on the points raised by us,” Shah said.

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