Indo-Asian News Service - December 4, 2010
'Filthy, expensive Goa no longer
attracts German tourists'
Goa is no
longer a favoured tourist destination for Germans because it is
'expensive and dirty', the Indo-German Friendship Society Goa
(IGFSG) said Saturday.
reporters here at a press conference called to announce a weeklong
celebration to mark the arrival of the first German hippies to Goa
sixty years ago, IGFSG president Aurobindo Xavier said Goa's
inability to tackle the garbage disposal issue had affected
Goa-bound tourist traffic from Germany.
'A lot of the
feedback that the society gets is that Germans no longer want to
come here because Goa cannot solve its garbage problem,' said
Xavier, who teaches at a university in Munich.
other waste is disposed in the open in Goa, which has no garbage
processing plant. Strewn garbage and heaps of litter is an ugly, but
common site along the state's roads and near sites of tourist
'A lot of
German tourists, who have come to Goa in the past, say that it is
now time to bid Goa goodbye,' he added.
wave of tourism in Goa, which evolved with the coming of the hippies
in the 1960s, contained a majority of German tourists who in the
1970s were attracted by the pristine beauty of its beaches. British
tourists got the Goa-bug in the early eighties and after a couple of
decades, Russians outrank every other nationality when it comes to
foreign tourist numbers here.
The number of
German tourists over the years have witnessed a steady decline,
according to Xavier. 'The garbage situation and the increase in the
number of Russian tourists has led to the decline of German tourists
here. Also, other beach destinations like Thailand are much cheaper
than Goa,' he said.
Goa in 2005
received nearly 15,000 German tourists, but the number has shrunk
considerably over the last five years, according to Xavier.
2.4 million tourists annually, out of which nearly half a million
Germans say goodbye to Goa due to
PTI - Press
Trust of India - December 4, 2010
The filth on
Goa beaches and expensive holidays have made the state less
preferred vacation gateway for the Germans, an expert said.
who have arrived on their holiday in Goa recently have written on
our website that they are saying good bye to the state," Aurobindo A
P G Xavier, President, Indo-German Friendship Society, Goa, told
He said that
the website run by the society (www.igsg. org) has been receiving
articles by German visitors who find the state as filthy.
it's expensive destination. Tourists find Thailand cheaper than Goa,
so they have now changed their choice," Xavier, a Goan-based in
amongst the batch of Goans who were studying in Portugal when Goa
was liberated from Portuguese rule.
travelled to Germany to eke out living and has made the European
state as his home.
He said that
there many German tourists who come to Goa and cut short their trip
and venture to other destinations as they find garbage around as
conscious about the environment," Xavier added. Goa, which receives
24 lakh tourists annually, is grappling with the garbage issue and
tourism department has itself conceded that litter on the beaches is
not welcomed by the tourists.
that the drug menace on the beaches also discourages Germans. "There
is lot of drugs and sex on the beaches which is driving away
Germans,” he said.
the largest chunk of foreign tourists visiting Goa followed by UK.
As per a rough estimate, Goa receives around 8,000 German