Goa looks for course correction as foreign tourists on decline
By Moneycontrol 28-May-2019
Tourism Minister Manohar Ajogankar May 27 said the state government was hopeful that the trend will be reversed in the upcoming tourist season beginning post-monsoon.
He blamed various factors like slowdown in economies worldwide for the dip in tourist footfall.
"We are hopeful that things would surely improve by the next season which will kick off after monsoon. We have been involved into extensive marketing and showcasing of Goa across different destinations through travel marts, exhibitions and other events," the minister said.
Beaches in Goa will be marked as "no swimming zones" tentatively from the first week of June when rains are expected to hit the state, he added.
As per Tourism department data, the number of foreign chartered flights has gone down from around 1900 to 1500 in the ongoing tourist season.
Destinations from Russia, a major contributor of tourists, have already wound up their chartered flights much before the end of the season, it said.
According to a senior official of Tourism department, Goa attracts around 60 lakh domestic travellers and around four lakh international visitors per year, who arrive by chartered or scheduled flights.
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