Goa's travel and tourism industry expressed its dissatisfaction with budget presented by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.
Industry accused state government of not giving any state support despite tourism being Goa's only major industry, especially in view of prolonged closure of mining activity.
"I am not happy with the budget. Tourism is not given the importance it deserves. Tourism is now the No.1 industry in Goa after the demise of mining. We need more support than given in the new budget. I did not see any focus on development of tourism," Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) president Francisco de Braganca said.
In a statement, he expressed unhappiness that Rs.50 crore had been allotted for tourism promotion and infrastructure without any sense of clarity, expressing fear that such allocations could be misused for wasteful roadshows.
"Budgetary provision for tourism promotion at Rs.50 crore and tourism infrastructure at Rs.80 crore has no break-up of the purposes these funds will be utilized”, he added.
Braganca also expressed surprise that there was no reference in the budget about the completion of the Tourism Master Plan or constitution of a Tourism Board.