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Tuesday, 14 February, 2017, 19 : 00 PM [IST]

Need medical tourism to retain foreign tourists: Ex President, GTTA

According to a report by Prakash Kamat in The Hindu, Francisco Braganca, the ex-president of Goa Travel and Tourism Association (GTTA) said foreign tourist arrivals have become stagnant in the State over the last few years. Speaking at the annual forum Difficult Dialogues’ ‘Medical Tourism in Goa’ session, at the International Centre Goa, Braganca said the State is now relying on domestic tourists. 

He said that of over 4 million tourists, only 0.5 million are foreigners. “We hardly get 25.30% of western tourists. Tourists from Nepal and Bangaldesh will not add value to tourism.” He said it was up to the medical tourism sector to attract international tourists. 

Victor Albuquerque of Victor Group of Hospitality and Hospitals said Goa will never be a medical tourism destination as doctors from the country are reluctant to settle in the State. He said, “Goa, according to my experience, is not a place for medical tourism. Medicine today has become a business, and reputed doctors have become commercial minded... they are not interested to settle down and work in hospitals here.”
 
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