Tourism concerns

By Frederick Noronha
Published: Thursday 31 August 1995

Tourism Concern, a London network drawing attention to the rights of people living in the tourist hotspots of the world, recently publiclsed Goa's tourism problems in the UK's mainstream media. The group's coordinator Tricla Barnett said to Down To Earth that it hadbeen 'telling tour operatort...for several years" that there were "continuing violation of local environmental regulations and people's rights' caused by Goa's tourism sector.

It charged cash-hungry hotel owners, for slowly "poisoning" Goa's fragile ecology. It highlighted recent official reports which only confirmed the campaigners' 8-year-long claims.

A British Broadcasting Corporation programme suggested that Goa could become a 65 km-strip of "hotels and development indistinguishable from Thailand, Miami Beach or Beniclorm" within a decade.

Recently, campaigners against Goa's haphazard tourism grow1h have elicited'concerns from severil internatitinal groups which the Goa Foundation - an environmentalist gro up - finds very helpful. Late last year, a committee formed by the Union environment and forests ministry named several p1rinent hotels for rampant coastal tonstruction especially along the scenic-calangut ,e coastal belt.

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