Goa registers highest tourist arrivals


Goa | May 16, 2013:  In 2012-13, The Department of Tourism, Government of Goa registered a record arrival of 27.8 lakh tourist in the state of Goa of which, 4.5 lakh were foreigners as against 26.7 lakh, which includes 4.45 lakh foreigners during 2010-11, showing an increase of 4.4% in the inflow.

Goa also witnessed an increase in arrival of chartered flights. According to Goa Tourism Department statistics, 987 chartered flights carrying 2.15 lakh tourists as against 910 flights with 1.69 lakh tourists in 2011-12 from nine international destinations that landed in Goa during October 2012 to mid-May 2013. About 742 chartered flights arrived from Russia followed by 152 flights from United Kingdom.

Similarly, the number of cruise ship arrivals in Goa has also seen an increase with 25 vessels carrying 22,233 passengers in 2012-13, as against 20 vessels carrying 11,946 passengers in 2010-11.

Mr. Dilip Parulekar, Tourism Minister, Government of Goa, said, “In 2012-13, Goa did extremely well, better than previous years. We are delighted to see the upswing in the arrivals of domestic and foreign tourists, which touched an all-time high. Goa has emerged as a preferred destination for MICE, weddings and also leisure. Positive steps have been taken by the Goa Government such as introduction of water sports policy, security force on Goan beaches, improvement of tourism infrastructure, marketing and promotional efforts, etc. which have paid off good dividends. However, for a sustained inflow, there is always a scope for improvement, and we are working hard to further the cause of tourists’ comfort in Goa. We are having a new outlook towards renew surge in the tourism industry during the current year.”