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What's Going On (or NOT Going On) in Goa?

By November 9, 2009

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Beach at the Leela Hotel, Goa
Beach at the Leela Hotel, Goa.
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A friend of mine recently returned from Goa. He owns apartments there so he regularly visits the state. I caught up with him the other night, and he had quite a few disheartening things to say about tourism (or lack of it) in Goa the moment.

It seems that Goa is really suffering. Although the tourist season has begun, there is hardly anyone around. Goa is very quiet. Sadly, the impact on businesses has been significant. My friend said he's had to slash the rates on his apartments. Loungefly is closed, as its investors have pulled out. Butter, one of the largest clubs in Goa, is empty most nights. Goa's casinos have suffered a drop in patronage as well.

The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) also recently ordered the demolition of Cafe Mambo and Club Tito's, two of the most well known nightspots in Goa. Apparently, the structures are located in a no development zone. The two establishments might not be forced to close though, as they can appeal the decision. Nevertheless, the situation isn't positive.

Tourism in Goa has dropped significantly as a result of negative publicity and the global financial crisis. If you're after a bargain vacation in Goa, now is the time to enjoy it! (Of course, expect to pay inflated rates around Christmas and the New Year though). Goa really needs the business.

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November 9, 2009 at 9:56 am
(1) Perry says:

Goans… forever in denial, I remember not too long ago when the old cliche “Warm Goan Hospitality” was banded around like a beach hawker selling fruit. Well if only it were the Mumbai attacks or the global recession or the Scarlett Keeling murder that are keeping tourists away, but sadly it is years and years of xenophobia. that like mud have finally stuck and it isn’t going to wash off easily. Foreigners and Indians alike have been dragged through the mire of Warm Goan hospitality.

November 9, 2009 at 10:55 am
(2) STEPHANIE says:

From the travel agents view, my thoughts are that the UK public have been spoiled over the years with tragically low charter flight prices and now flights are cut which keeps the price high the fickle public are looking for a new shangrila. of course people are still going to goa and many are now using scheduled flights as fantastic pre season flights were available. I for one will be back in February as I have done for the past 18 years. I love Goa and its genuine people, things have changed sine the Russion influx of tourists and I met my first Russion prosititute in Calangute last year, Oh how times are changing.!

November 9, 2009 at 12:46 pm
(3) m mascarenhas says:

So you’ve been blissfully unaware of all the Indian prostitutes who scattered up the coast following the demolition of the red light area at Baina?

Goa is an over priced, sub standard product.

There was a time when people were prepared to overlook the atrocious levels of hygiene, service and infrastructure as ‘Third World charm’. Apart from the increasing number of unsolved deaths of foreigners in improbable circumstances, rampant greed, fraud and cheating by Goans and those from other Indian States who flock to Goa season time to fleece the unsuspecting tourists of their foreign exchang, the place has become a concrete jungle garbage dump.

‘Goa and its genuine people ‘; give us all a break. You won’t find any Goan connected to tourism who does anything more than charm their way around your wallet. Fact is, they are xenophobic and racist, they don’t actually like you, never will, but they will tolerate or indulge you while you have money.

Even that has changed to a degree where there is now open aggression towards foreigners, and bitter resentment, particularly when they have a poor season. Goans are unable to take responsibility; it is aways someone else’s fault in their false tales of woe.

Don’t believe the sob story of those who lie that they are reducing prices. That is not the Goan way. In lean times thay grab the stupidest fish that wash up on their shore and eat them to the bone. Trawl around for idiots and cheat them as best you can, there might not be another idiot tomorrow.

November 9, 2009 at 2:15 pm
(4) DL says:

Goa is no longer Goa. It is reduced to a ecological nightmare with no proper infrastructure. Like a beached whale on once pristine beaches, it’s carcass has been picked clean by vultures but the stench of rotting flesh still hangs heavily across Goa.

No one, tourist or otherwise wants to pay to be surrounded by filth, crime, and lawlessness. Goa has had ample opportunity to rectify itself, but now it is too late and Goa is no more.

November 10, 2009 at 11:15 pm
(5) janie says:

I agree with much of the above, unfortunately the attitude in Goa has changed dramatically and foreigners know they are no longer welcome… let alone liked…apart from their wallets…. sob stories still abound… but most Goans now have plenty (which is not an issue gd luck to them) but still want your cash but not particularly ‘YOU’.
The massive Russian influx has made matters worse and their right to visa on arrival, while other nationalities struggle for visas, paying huge fees, makes for bad feeling.
Its not the recession, or scarlett that has made Goa unpopular…. its as has been said above, the dirt, filth and lack of infrastructure in a state that makes a fortune, but doesnt improve its standards for the tourist it makes the money from or treat them well…. Goa I am afraid has seen its day a far as many Europeans are concerned, the charm has long gone. I cant see things getting better sadly, only worse. the only question people ask when u say u r going to Goa now in the Uk is…’Is it safe? I heard its very dirty and unsafe?’… it used to be’u lucky thing’!!!!

November 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm
(6) Michelle says:

Good….they deserve all they get in Goa…they are devious and greedy people. Would never visit the dirty place again.

December 7, 2009 at 2:45 am
(7) Dinga says:

Goa has changed, as have many tourist destinations worldwide. For example macchu picchu has had to allocate tourist licenses because there is major concern that the ruins /pathways will erode through over tourism. Many places in Thailand have changed very much for the worst over the last 10 years.
It is very easy to criticise one place, in some cases very intensely, but not all people are bad in any of these tourist destinations and too tar all with the same brush is plainy and simply wrong.
Goa has it’s downside, but many many many people and places which are good, unspoilt and genuine.

July 24, 2013 at 12:56 am
(8) Secular says:

They are xenophobic and racist. There is no doubt about that. Narrow minded as well ;except few old folks. The hatred they have for everyone and how they want to just have ‘outsiders’ money stinks and they have no respect for people other than their own. It is funny to see them being racist .
I expected them to be far better than people in other parts of the country, but they’re worse , they can’t even be considered average in hospitality.
Arrogance and laziness , wow what a combo.
Enough of their BS. Hypocrites want money from central govt , loads of it and when someone comes from other parts of the country they randomly spare any chance to show their hatred. Guess what , you all are disgusting that is why you all are disgusted by everyone all the time, rich and poor alike.
Idiots and delusional people. If there arguments were to be considered no nation would remain a nation, no country would exist, there would be riots, violence. Besides they are delusional if they think there no better places anywhere else inside the country or outside. Narrow mindedness of the gravest degree. Their mentality is comparable to Taliban at times , only progressing in that direction. Which obsolete century are these people from ? This is 21st century not freaking 15th century medieval Portuguese incursion.

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