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Bill to Regulate Uncontrolled Eco-tourism Activities


30 March 2011

The State Government today introduced the ‘Goa Registration of Tourist Trade (Amendment) Bill 2011’ to regulate the uncontrolled water sports and eco-tourism activities in the State.

The Bill also intends to make provision for their registration.

The Bill introduced by the Tourism Minister Nilkant Halarnkar on the floor of the House, is also likely to impose stringent control over numerous mushrooming activities in the tourism sector.

Activities like spice farm tourism, water sports, tour operators and others, which till remained out of the Tourism Department’s zone, would be covered.

“There has been uncontrolled and unregulated operation of activities by tour operators, water sports operators and others in the tourist areas. Also, the persons having spice plantations in this State regularly receive tourists on monetary consideration and often temporary huts are provided to the tourists for their accommodation without any registration and documentation,” the Bill said.

The Bill also aims banning the travel agents who function as recruitment agents in absence of appropriate certificate issued by the registering authority under the Emigration Act, 1983.
“The penalty imposed for violation of the act would be Rs one-lakh as against the existing penalty of Rs 10, 000,” the Bill states.

The Bill if approved would come down heavily on the hoteliers and travel agents who fail to renew the certificate of registration as per the Act.

“His name is liable to be removed from the register maintained under the Act,” it adds.