Flight connectivity hindering tourism department's plan to promote Goa


Though the state tourism department is trying hard to promote Goa in the Middle East during monsoon through its specially coined 'raindrop tourism packages,' flight connectivity seems to be hindering the plans. 'Dubai-Goa flight stands discontinued and the Sharjah-Goa flight via Kochi is also closed. The tourism minister will be taking up the matter with the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Praful Patel during the meeting tomorrow,' said the managing director of Goa Tourism Development Corporation, Mr Elvis Gomes.

To encourage more visitors to drop in during the monsoons, GTDC has decided to float special monsoon packages. 'This attempts are to promote the state even during the monsoon,' added Mr Gomes. To further boost its flourishing domestic tourism trade in the state, which contributes to almost 90 per cent of the tourist arrival, Goa tourism sector is now looking on for West Bengal and Karnataka market. 'The state tourism department, in association with the GTDC, has planned two promotional shows in Bangalore (May 4) and another at Kolkata (May 10),' informed the chairman of GTDC, Mr Shyam Satardekar.

Internationally famed pop singer, Remo Fernandes will be performing at the Bangalore promotional show while the officials are finalising other personalities for the Kolkata show. Mr Satardekar also said that of the total 22-lakh domestic tourists, West Bengal contributes to almost 25 per cent, followed by the neighbouring Maharashtra state.

Meanwhile, the Goa government, has visualised a beach safety management plan. 'The beach safety plan will have prevention, rescue and medical attention aspects,' said Mr Elvis Gomes. He further said, 'We have taken two stretches during initial stages, which will be covered with this plan'.

The two stretches - Baga to Candolim (8 km) and Velsao to Benaulim (11 km) have witnessed increased fatalities and high tourist density in the recent years, he added. 'After the initial two stretches, the tourism department intends to cover most of the stretches in a staggered manner,' he said. The department has also decided to control water sports along the beaches. 'The government has budgeted Rs five crore for this purpose, which includes capital investment,' said Mr Gomes. (courtesy navhindtimes.com)