Goa government bans bikinis. From tourist ads for now


PANAJI – The Goa government has clarified that no diktat or guideline has been issued banning bikinis from the beaches. But the government, in a bid to promote family tourism and stung by the spate of crimes against women, has already ordered scrapping all advertisements displaying bikini babes’ saying that wrong perception of the pictures was leading to Goa being tagged as a sex tourism destination.

Officials clarified that no official of the tourism department had many any statement indicating a ban was in the offing.

But earlier this month the government had moved to correct perceptions. ‘‘Goa is a family holiday destination and not a sex tourism destination. We will make sure that bikini babes do not symbolize Goa tourism,’’ state tourism minister Francisco Mickky’ Pacheco had said.

The tourism department asked all empanelled advertising agencies to refrain from showing scantily clad women in their advertisement campaigns. ‘‘This is already being implemented. Further directives are being issued to reinforce the decision by the tourism ministry,’’ said tourism director Swapnil Naik.