The tourism minister Jaitleys comments about Goa tourists, specifically in relation to their behaviour, came as a shock to tourism experts in London.
The Goa Minister is now a big-time figure in the tourism industry, with his comments about the Goa’s tourism, in particular, having a major impact on the industry, said the chairman of Goaland Tourism Association (GTA), Maithripala Jain.
The remarks from the Goalands tourism minister have a negative impact on tourism, he said.
Jaiters comments on Goa are being used as a weapon in tourism campaign against Goa.
Jaitley had tweeted on Tuesday that Goa has been hit hard by the tourist onslaught due to the visit of Prince Harry and Prince George.
The tourism ministry had earlier this month announced a crackdown on the tourist industry in the state.
Jain said Goa is witnessing a boom in tourism due to Jaithes comments on the situation.
Tourism Minister Jain on Tuesday tweeted, “Tourism is booming in Goa as a consequence of Goan Minister’s recent comments on tourists.”
He further said Goan Government has also decided to bring in a new set of regulations to ensure tourism in the State continues to grow, the statement said.
Jain said that the government had been considering to bring the rules in place since the Goan minister’s comments, but he said there is no chance that such a move would be taken.
The government is only taking steps for tourism, not for the economy, he added.
The minister’s tweet also touched off a massive backlash from tourists who felt the statement was insensitive.
Jains tweet was seen by many as a call for an outright ban on all travel to Goa from overseas, even those from the United Kingdom.
The reaction of Goans tourist industry, which was already facing major challenges after Goa was placed on the UK travel blacklist, has been immense.
Jai Prakash, the secretary general of Goas Tourism Association, said that Jaither had “gone beyond” his post in the Goas tourism ministry.
The minister had been asked to clarify his remarks and his position on the issue, Jai Prikash said.
He also alleged that the minister had made a “mistake” in his earlier tweet.
The Minister’s latest comments, in a video posted on Facebook, had also triggered a strong backlash among Goaans.
In the video, Jaithe is seen questioning the behaviour of the tourists.
Jaina Prakam, a senior official in the Tourism Department of the Goans Tourism Department, said she would have to wait to see what the minister has to say in the wake of the minister’s statements.