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Goa Tourism issues show cause notices to 3 OTAs

Goa Tourism has issued show cause notices under provisions of registration of Tourist Trade Act to three online service providers-cum-online travel agencies, namely MakeMyTrip, Lohono and Goavillas who were found to be undertaking online transactions and sale of hotel rooms without proper registration /renewal of registration with the Department.

As per the amended Act, every online service provider and travel agency has to register with the Goa Department of Tourism. The online tracking and monitoring team of the Department of Tourism noted that these three agencies were violating various provisions and were involved in online sale of hotel rooms, private villas, cottages and other services.

The Department has been cracking down on violators and has constituted a special team to track online activity of illegal operators.

The three travel agencies, which violated provisions of Registration of Tourist Trade Act has been given 10 days to file their replies. The notices have been issued by Deputy Director of Tourism Kuldeep Arolkar.

The matter is fixed for hearing on December 27.


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