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Calangute MLA sounds warning bells on ‘Russian Businesses’ in Goa

Calangute MLA of the ruling BJP-led government Michael Lobo speaking during the Goa Assembly session sounded warning bells on the growth of Russian businesses in the state and its resultant impact on the employment and business avenues of the local Goans. ” tourists from Russia and Ukraine were “stealing” taxi and beach-shack businesses from local youths in the tourism-oriented coastal belt,” Lobo expressed.

He further elaborated, “They come as tourists and steal businesses from local youths. Russians especially are doing this taxi business illegally, stealing opportunities from the local youths. Also a lot of popular shacks along the coastline were operated by foreigners.

Goa’s local taxi industry is unorganised and largely unruly, with no standardisation of fares nor proper compliance of government norms. Against this backdrop, foreign travel operators, essentially from Russia, have started scooping up the tour business.

While some have been carrying out businesses legally, Lobo claimed there were several who arrive on tourist visas and work as tour guides and tour operators.

Russians account for the highest number of foreign tourists to Goa which attracts three million visitors annually, nearly half a million of which are foreigners.

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