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Has The Tourism Industry Adversely Affected Goan Culture?
June 12, 2012

Has The Tourism Industry Adversely Affected Goan Culture?

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-06-12/goa/32193941_1_goan-tourism-tourism-industry-eco-tourism

12 June 2012
   
Goa: Of course, tourism industry has adversely affected Goan culture as it has brought in a large number of foreigners to the state who sometimes bring various aspects of their culture along with them. Although it brings revenue, it also brings in substances like drugs which ruin the lives of our youth. It is very unfortunate that to attract more tourists we distort our culture and portray it in a manner which is liked by them. Goa's unique and distinct culture is simply not being displayed. Goan tourism has only focused on the beach side and eco-tourism is almost ignored. We hide the natural heritage of Goa which lies far away from the beaches in talukas like Sattari, Quepem, Canacona and Sanguem.

Shridhar Kamat Bambolkar
dramatist, Ponda

Tourism has certainly not affected our culture. Although we depend on tourism, our culture has still been protected as tourists go to villages to see folk dances, temples, churches and beaches. Because of foreign tourists our unique culture has still been maintained.

Tamara Fernandes
business, Dona Paula

Definitely not. Why should tourism affect our culture? Tourism is bringing in huge revenue to the state and the government should do its best to support and develop it. The youth are getting spoilt in every part of the world and we cannot blame tourists for this. We need to be within our limits and not get carried away.

Bruno Gomendes
Managing director, travco holidays, Margao

The portrayal of Goan tourism rather than tourism itself has adversely affected Goan culture in the state. With such a scandalous image being promoted, people come here with intentions assuming that the portrayal is true. Naturally, the youth in the area, being easily influenced, get carried away.

Sunny Dias
Business, Vasco