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Goa tourist guides, taximen to create awareness about AIDS!

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August 2, 2011 / PTI, Panaji / DC.

Goa tourist guides, taximen to create awareness about AIDS

In a bid to make tourists visiting Goa aware about the dangers of AIDS, the state government has started training tourist guides as well as taxi drivers, who can establish a direct communication with them.
State-promoted Goa State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) has been holding series of lectures for the tourist guides on AIDS across the state. Director of Tourism in Goa Swapnil Naik said the guides are an important component of the tourism trade as they are directly linked to the tourists.
"This is also a part of safe and honourable tourism code adopted by Union Tourism Ministry across the country," Naik said, adding that making Goa a pleasurable and safe experience is the duty of the government. Naik said the other stakeholders like tourist taxi drivers are also being made aware about AIDS by GSACS through workshops. Goa, which is fighting back its image as a sex-tourism spot reported first case of AIDS in the year 1987. From that time till June 2011, the state reported 13,806 cases of AIDS.

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