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Goa records highest growth in tourist charter arrivals

Goa records highest growth in tourist charter arrivals

India Blooms News Service | | 01 Jul 2014, 11:22 pm
Panjim, July 1 (IBN): Goa Tourism on Tuesday informed that it received 1128 charter flights which landed in the state during the peak season in 2013-2014, i.e. from October 2013 to May 2014, carrying a record number of 2.61 lakh passengers.
The corresponding figures for the previous year was 996 charter flights carrying 2.15 lakh passengers. 
This amounts to 13.25 percent increase in the arrival of charter flights year on year basis.
This is also records the highest number of charter flights that have arrived in the history of the state. 
There was a 21 percent increase in the number of foreign tourists who arrived by charter flights compared to the same time period last year. 
Goa also received state-of-the-art Boeing Dreamliner flights from UK as charters.
Dilip Parulekar, Tourism Minister, Government of Goa stated that he was delighted with this achievement. 
He added that this was the result of professional marketing and promotional activities undertaken by the Tourism Department by actively involving travel trade professionals and also with the help and support of the charter /tour operators and other professional agencies that have done commendable job in attracting foreign tourists from all over the world.
The Tourism Minister also mentioned that the he is very optimistic regarding arrival of tourists in the forthcoming season, especially due to the Decennial Exposition of the Holy Relics of St. Francis Xavier. 
He added that, “It will be my endeavour to make Goa as a leading destination of choice for foreign and domestic tourists, while focusing on quality tourists and improving the tourism infrastructure in the state with active support from the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar and Union Minister for State (Tourism) Shri. Shripad Naik.”