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The number of major hotels and resorts in Goa increased by 170%, from 42 in 2008 to 113 by March 31, 2018, according to the state department of tourism. In comparison, budget hotels grew 100% from 2,142 in 2008 to 4,286 in 2018. As the Goa government pushes for more luxury facilities, which use more land and resources, through government tourism plans, and without an ecological survey to understand the carrying capacity of the state, Goans allege encroachment of common land, takeover of the community’s ecological assets and, in some cases, violation of land and environmental laws.

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