The 'changing' face of tourism in full view

THE GOAN NETWORK | JUNE 22, 2022, 12:25 AM IST

MARGAO

Have the changing rooms and toilets stopped tourists from answering nature’s call in the open and change clothes in the open at the world famous Colva beach?

Or, have authorities failed to ensure that the visitors change clothes in the changing rooms and at affordable rates, to ensure the tourists put the facility to use?

These and other questions came to the fore after a group of tourists from South India were found changing clothes after bathing in the sea at the Colva beach square. That the changing room is just a stone’s throw away from the beach or the beach square did not make the tourists to use the changing room facility. Instead, they were found changing clothes in full public view near their vehicle parked at the entrance to the beach.

When a group of media persons questioned them over their act when there’s a changing room just meters away, they feigned ignorance of the facility. 

In fact, they pointed out that they would have used the facility if they were made aware that the changing room amenity is available at the beach.

Locals pointed out that it is not uncommon to find tourists changing clothes in the open, either on the beach or when they come up on the beach square. 

Locals further pointed out that the authorities should have a look at the rates charged on using the toilets and changing rooms.


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