India Blooms News Service
– 4. Dezember 2010
Drugs and sex killing tourism among
Germans in Goa
Heaps of garbage,
vociferous ambiance, sex and drugs in Goa are becoming a major
concern among German visitors here, President of the Indo-German
Friendship Society (IGFS) Goa Aurobindo Xavier said here on
“Germans are very
keen on environment and cleanliness. At the same time, sex, drugs
and the noisy atmosphere is keeping them away from visiting Goa,”
Xavier told reporters on the sidelines of a press briefing to
announce its 3rd German Cultural week here.
The IGFS website,
which is entirely in German language, has its motto as ‘good-bye
Goa’ for the very reason that the internationally acclaimed tourist
destination is covered with several unwanted happenings.
Goa being one of
most-expensive tourist destinations is also playing a spoilsport as
German travelers are now shifting to Thailand. “For Germans, Goa is
little expensive than Thailand. This is another reason, why the
number of German visitors is deteriorating year-by-year,” he said.
comprises of 6000 to 8000 German tourists, which declines to around
1000 during the off-season.
Goa has had trade
links with Germany dating back to 16th Century when the first German
ship to Goa opened up the trade between Germany and India.
traded silk, spices and Arabian horses via Port ships and decades
later introduced printing machines. History also mentions that three
German trading ships sunk in Goan waters during World War II.