Goa to Tap Hike in Visa On Influxes As It Eyes Double-Digit Increase In Sightseeing

Goa is all set ready to take advantage on the Centre’s plan to improve visa on arrival facility to one-hundred fifty nations.

Online PR News – 24-March-2015 – New Delhi – New Delhi
Date: 24.03.2015

Goa is all set ready to take advantage on the Centre’s plan to improve visa on arrival facility to one-hundred fifty nations whilst it eyes double-digit growth ratios in the number of traveller influxes this year.

Besides endorsing local festivals like Goa Heritage Festival, Sao Jao, and Carnival, the Goa Tourism Dept is commencing services like hot air balloons, seaplanes, heli-tourism and also endorsing the state as a marriage destination.

“We certainly anticipate a double digit growth ratio in the amount of sightseer influxes in 2015. Increase in visas on influxes from forty-three nations to 150 nations will lead to a considerable improve in abroad traveller influxes,” Department of Tourism Director Ameya Abhyankar told PTI.

In the year of 2014, Goa hosted a sum of 40, 58,226 travellers out of which 35, 44,634 were home travellers whilst the number of overseas travellers stood at 5, 13,592.

Considering the possibilities, he said the tourism dept is taking several programmes to attract travellers.
Traditionally a preferred destination of tourists from Germany, UK and Russia, the state is also looking to swell beyond conventional markets.
“To amplify the number of overseas traveller arrivals we’re tapping fresh prospective source markets like Australia, New eland, Finland and Jordan,” Mr Abhyankar said.

He also said the focus on conventional source markets like the UK, Germany and Russia would remain.
For domestic sightseers, the state is hard-selling itself as a seaside wedding destination, besides taking initiatives to endorse festival sightseeing, Mr Abhyankar said.

“We’re planning to put into practice Tourism Mater Plan that’ll build a twenty-five year point of view on how the sightseeing industry develop – the department is too planning to bring a new law-making for a certification obsessed system for licensing to crystallise standards for diverse verticals of sightseeing trade,” he added.

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