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Goa’s tourism minister Vijai Sadesal thinks “Indian tourists visiting Goa are “scum”.
Now the Aam Aadmi Partyin Goa, a political party today demanded an apology from Goa minister Vijai Sardesai for calling domestic tourists “scum”.

The party said that the minister’s outburst was derogatory, abusive, disgraceful and undignified.

“The word scum is unacceptable coming from a minister against fellow Indians and generalising all domestic tourists,” said Pradip Padgaonkar, general secretary of the Goa unit of AAP.

While the Goa state government made high decibel announcements on attracting “high spending” tourists to the state, the move had led to the curtailing of overall arrivals. The state was now getting tourists who were out on a shoestring budget.

“The tourism industry is not marred by domestic tourists but by drug-trafficking, prostitution, gambling dens, illegal constructions and the like, all with the blessings and patronage of our politicians,” the minister alleged.

He said that the state was plagued with infrastructure woes and the garbage disposal mechanism was in shambles.

He said that with the roads of the state lined with tonnes of garbage, tourists were taking home images of these along with swaying palms and white sand beaches.

Sardesai had today claimed that he was quoted out of context but maintained that some section of tourists were “scum of the earth” for their behaviour while holidaying in Goa.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.