Goa eyes on West Bengal, Karnataka to boost domestic tourism


Goa tourism sector now eyes on West Bengal and Karnataka markets to further boost its flourishing domestic tourism trade, which contributes for almost 90 per cent of the tourist arrival in this coastal state.

"The state tourism department in association with the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), a state-owned body, has planned two promotional shows, one in Bangalore (May 4) and another at Calcutta (May 10)," GTDC chairman Shyam Satardekar told reporters here.

Internationally-acclaimed pop singer Remo Fernandes will be performing for Bangalore promotional road show while the officials are finalising the Calcutta programme.

Of the total 22 lakh domestic tourist arrival, West Bengal contributes to almost 25 per cent followed by neighbouring Maharashtra, Satardekar said. "The attempts are to promote the state even during the monsoons," GTDC managing director Elvis Gomes said.

In a bid to encourage more visitors to drop in during the monsoons, GTDC and the department has decided to float special monsoon packages. "We would like the tourists to sit in the Balcony of the hotel on the sea shore and enjoy the rains hitting the coast," Gomes said.

Though the state tourism department is trying hard to promote Goa in Middle East during monsoons through specially coined "raindrop tourism packages", the flight connectivity seems to be hindering the plans. "Dubai-Goa light stands discontinued while Sharjah-Goa flight via Kochi is also closed. Tourism Minister Francisco Pacheco will be taking up the matter with the Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel during the meeting tomorrow," Gomes said. (courtesy indiatimes.com)