28.4 C
Panjim
Monday, May 17, 2021

Drop in foreign tourists’ arrival in Goa won’t revive this season: TTAG





Must read

Congress demands dismissal of Sawant-led govt

Panaji: The Congress party in Goa on Sunday demanded dismissal of Dr Pramod Sawant-led government terming it insensitive and irresponsible alleging its failure on...

Government turned a blind eye to our suggestions and now we face the dreadful consequences : Beena S Naik

Margao : Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress (GPMC) President Beena S. Naik  said the BJP government in Goa is a “Late Lateef, Government”. "Goa Pradesh...

Heavy rainfall with gusting winds to continue in state : MET Department

Panaji : Today the North And South district of Goa recorded a rather heavy rain/thundershowers that led to uprooting of trees causing damage to buildings....

Tookits to malign image of Goa CM?

Panaji: Toolkits are created to systematically malign the image of CM Pramod Sawant over covid management. This is what a senior BJP leader from Margao...
- Advertisement -

Panaji: Goa’s apex body representing tourism stakeholders on Thursday said that there is a drop in foreign tourist arrival during the current season which is far from being salvaged due to drop in chartered flight arrivals.

Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) President Savio Messias said that the drop in the arrival of foreign tourists is in the range of 20-30 per cent but the actual reduction in the rooms per night is more severe.

He said that the drop in foreign travelers who used to spend fifteen to thirty days in the State after their arrival has resulted in the reduction of rooms per night, which can’t be compensated by domestic travelers who were here for three-four nights holiday.

UK-based Thomas Cook has stopped its chartered flight service affecting the arrivals in the coastal state of Goa. During last season, Thomas Cook was ferrying one flight a day in Goa, carrying around 200 passengers per flight.

He said that German chartered flights TUI has increased their weekly frequency from two to three flights but it has failed to compensate for the loss created due to Thomas Cook shutting down their business.

“There is no complaint about the domestic tourism. It is only the international tourism which is on decline. The foreign travelers are  very essential for the industry because the difference is that domestic people spend 3-4 nights, international tourists spent 10-15 days or even longer,” Messias said.

Goa tourism department had expected that the vacuum created due to absence of Thomas Cook flight would be filled with the operations of Air India flights from the UK, but that it has not happened for the current season.

The first chartered flight in Goa had arrived in first week of October from Moscow bringing in Russian travelers.

“Goa government had approached Air India to fly chartered flights to the state. But what we gather is that there has to be lot of lobbying to be done with Air India. I met Air India officials also. They were telling me that they can start a flight but lot of lobbying is required,” Messias said.

“Basically, Air India decisions are sometimes backed by political will. The government has to do some lobbying. Unfortunately, our State tourism minister is not doing that,” he added.

Messias said that the Chartered flight business may revive during next Tourist season as other companies have time to plan for their operations to Goa.

According to government figures, around four lakh foreigners visit the coastal state while total tourists visiting here is approximately 60 lakh.

- Advertisement -

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

Congress demands dismissal of Sawant-led govt

Panaji: The Congress party in Goa on Sunday demanded dismissal of Dr Pramod Sawant-led government terming it insensitive and irresponsible alleging its failure on...

Government turned a blind eye to our suggestions and now we face the dreadful consequences : Beena S Naik

Margao : Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress (GPMC) President Beena S. Naik  said the BJP government in Goa is a “Late Lateef, Government”. "Goa Pradesh...

Heavy rainfall with gusting winds to continue in state : MET Department

Panaji : Today the North And South district of Goa recorded a rather heavy rain/thundershowers that led to uprooting of trees causing damage to buildings....

Tookits to malign image of Goa CM?

Panaji: Toolkits are created to systematically malign the image of CM Pramod Sawant over covid management. This is what a senior BJP leader from Margao...

Porvorim goes without currents for a day, Electricity dept is in dark to handle crisis

Porvorim: The residents of Porvorim are living in darkness over last several hours now as the Electricity Department office in the constituency is short...