We all love Goa and it hurts when the love isn’t reciprocated. Goa politician, Durgadas Kamat, Vice President and spokesperson of Goa Forward Party recently tweeted a photo of passengers sleeping at the Goa airport stating, “Do we need such cheap tourist in Goa? @aaigoaairport should act on this. We don’t need scum like these to visit Goa. We need quality tourist, who will come, spend & enjoy Goa & its beauty”
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Scene @aaigoaairport .Do we need such cheap tourist in Goa ? @aaigoaairport should act on this . We don't need scum like these to visit Goa. We need quality tourist ,who will come ,spend & enjoy Goa & its beauty . #BrandGoa cannot be compromised at any cost. pic.twitter.com/tCvE1sbizw
— Durgadas Kamat (@durgadasskamat) July 8, 2019
The politician faced a lot of flak for his remark on tourists sleeping at the airport. Many who have travelled via Goa airport has left comments on his tweet saying that the facilities at the airport are poor. With no resting place & poor infrastructure, passengers whose flights have been delayed have no option but to stay at the airport.
Why not make some restrooms for people who have ticket for next day then. It is absolute rubbish that people can't afford hotels. Either they are not flying passengers which incase is another problem or some flights must have experienced delay which explains apathy of Goa airport
— Sanely (@SanelyInsane2) July 10, 2019
Other passengers tweeted saying that the autos and the taxi mafias do not let private taxis like Ola and Uber take rides from the airport. There are very little or no facilities at Goa airport and has been poorly maintained.
Pathetic public facilities, one of the worst airport of India, taxi mafia that doesn't let Uber and Ola function, progressively ruined nightlife thanks to the restrictive rules, and on top of that such attitude of Goans.
Visit Goa? No thanks. Pattaya is more economical.
— Kunal (@SolivFlaneur) July 10, 2019
Furthermore, the Goa Forward Party’s official twitter account has tweeted saying, “Our president and @DyCMGoa @VijaiSardesai have constantly raised the negative economic, cultural and social impact of orienting our tourism to cater to such crowds.” These tweets have turned people furious since words like ‘such crowds’ ‘cheap tourists’ ‘scums’ have been used in the twitter account of the politician as well as the party.
Our president and @DyCMGoa @VijaiSardesai have constantly raised the negative economic, cultural and social impact of orienting our tourism to cater to such crowds. We’re a party proud to put Goem on our emblem. We will not let anyone defile or disfigure our land. Take note. https://t.co/Xg4kgEHq03
— Goa Forward (@Goaforwardparty) July 9, 2019
The concerns raised by the travellers have been conveniently ignored and there are no tweets that ensure the functioning or facilities will get any better.