Tuesday, June 25, 2013

India’s Goa Registers Record Arrival of Tourists in 2012-13

It seems India’s most potent beach destination is getting popular with holiday makers all over the world. As per media reports in India, there has been a rise in the number of domestic and foreign tourists booking tickets on flights to the province of Goa during the last fiscal. The smallest Indian state registered a record arrival of 2,780,000 tourists in 2012-13 as against 2,670,000 in 2011-12. In 2012-13, 450,000 foreigners grabbed tickets on flights heading to Goa in India, a marginal yet noteworthy climb from 445,000 passengers who booked tickets on flights heading to India in 2011-12.

Also, there has been a considerable increase in arrival of chartered flights to the region. As per official data, 987 chartered flights carrying 215,000 tourists arrived in 2012-13 as against 910 flights with 169,000 holiday makers in 2011-12. Chartered flights arrived in the coastal state from nine global destinations from October 2012 to mid-May 2013. Around 742 of them arrived in Goa from Russia and 152 flights from the United Kingdom, as per the data. 

Goa has come out as a preferred destination for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing, and exhibitions), weddings as well as leisure travel. This encourages people from not only within India to seek airline tickets to the state but also compels business and leisure travellers from all over the world to make reservations for tickets to travel to Goa.

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