Kim Calpong Desk
Panaji: The state tourism board advises tourists to respect the “privacy” of other tourists and strangers by not taking selfies without permission, especially when someone is sunbathing or swimming. I’m here.
The advisory came days after a photo of an Indian tourist being posed with a female foreign tourist went viral on a Goa beach.
“In order to respect privacy, please do not take selfies or photos without the permission of other tourists/strangers, especially while sunbathing or swimming in the sea. Do not take selfies in dangerous places such as sea rocks.
Due to an increase in illegal activities such as pitching, fraud and fake online booking agents, according to the tourism board, the board has made a practice of issuing regular recommendations to foster and maintain traveler advocacy and trust. is said to have been established.
“Drinking alcohol in open areas such as beaches is prohibited and is a punishable offense. There is potential,” he said.
The recommendation further states that tourists are warned not to hire private vehicles/rental taxis/bicycles that are not legally registered with the Ministry of Transport and those that do not hold a valid permit. increase.
Tourists are also advised not to entertain illegal touts or agents to book water sports or river cruises. Tourists should request a registration certificate issued by the Tourist Office when booking such services and book such services only through a registered travel agency or a registered online portal.
“Begging in tourist areas is prohibited and tourists are advised not to encourage begging in tourist areas. It can be seized and fined up to Rs 50,000.”
Further littering in tourist areas is prohibited and cleanliness must be maintained in all tourist areas. • Driving motor vehicles, including motorcycles, on the beach is strictly prohibited and will result in serious conduct, seizure of the vehicle and arrest of the driver.
“Do not encourage drug traffickers or consume narcotic substances, as such activities are prohibited by law and may lead to severe penalties and imprisonment,” the recommendation said. .
The tourism board also urges tourists not to drive under the influence of alcohol or book services through questionable and unverified online portals.