Braganza, who was speaking at the inauguration of the Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) in Panaji on Wednesday evening, said, “There is no point in pursuing mass tourism. The golden age of mass tourism is over.”

His comments come at a time when Goa clocked nearly three million arrivals in 2013 and Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar wants the number to increase to five million over the next few years.

Mass tourism has resulted in significant pressure on the state's inadequate infrastructure, resulting in chaos during the peak season.

Braganza further said innovative leisure and business tourism was the future for Goa, adding that the state should focus on tourism oriented to eco-sensitive areas, medicine, wellness and sports.

Hundreds of buyers from nearly 30 countries including US, Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Turkey, Italy, Czech Republic and Russia are expected to participate in the GITM.

(Agencies)

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