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Gay Tourism session cancelled at GITM

Taking serious cognisance of GoaChronicle.com complaint and in the wake of objections from different religious orders and women organisation, Tourism Minister has informed that the ‘Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, Transsexual’ session on the first day of the Goa International Travel Mart is officially cancelled.

Thanking GoaChronicle.com for bringing this slip-up on part of the organisers to the tourism ministry knowledge, Nilkanth Halarnkar said we do want to indulge in any tourism strategy that would dilute the brand image Goa tourism has built over the last couple of year and also hurt the sentiments of the people of Goa in any way. LGBT is a tourism segment that has found favour outside of India, but it is still to emerge in India and it is too early for Goa as a state to even consider it as a market yet.

Saying it was an over site on part of the tourism department and Goa Tourism Development Corporation, Halarnkar confirmed that the Gay session has be cancelled and replaced with a session on ‘Sustainable Tourism’.

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