GOA: A day after science and technology minister Michael Lobo stated that the government was inclined to allow hotels not registered with the tourism department to take online bookings through travel portals, tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar strongly countered the claim.
Ajgaonkar said on Sunday that all individuals and small hotels letting rooms and houses for homestay to tourists have to compulsorily register with the tourism department. “There will be no compromise on this aspect, as it concerns the security of the state and the nation,” Ajgaonkar told reporters.
Lobo had earlier said that most online portals do not promote all hotels in Goa on account of restrictions put by the tourism department and that only those registered with it can accept bookings. Lobo had said that chief minister Pramod Sawant had agreed to do away with the restrictions. “No doubt, the tourism industry and hotel business must grow, but such growth can’t be in isolation. Coordinated tourism needs effective regulations to be in place,” Ajgaonkar said.
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