Recently issued tourism advisories, issued by nations across the world, asking their natives to avoid visiting India has become a matter of concern for the stakeholders.
The advisories have been issued due to the protests and riots occurring in India against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Apparently, the issue has made foreign nationals cautious and apprehensive about the safety of their citizens visiting India as tourists.
According to the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), it is likely to witness a sharp fall in foreign tourists arrivals in Goa. It is expected that tourists from Russia, the UK and Israel may avoid visiting Goa in the coming days due to travel advisories issued by these countries. Despite this being the Christmas season, which is one of the most profitable seasons for the tourism industry in Goa, the situation is quite grim as far as tourist arrivals are concerned.
Messias said that Goa hasn’t witnessed protests like in other parts of the country, but there are chances that some tourists will defer their plans to visit India, and Goa too will see a dip in foreign arrivals. Among international tourists visiting Goa, Russians top the list. During the past two years, the number of Russian arrivals to Goa has dropped.