German tourists in Goa

Goa government wants more German tourists

Mar 19, 2013 - Goa Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar has expressed confidence that German charter tourists may once again start visiting Goa.
On his return from ITB-Berlin
(Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin March 6-10, 2013) the largest gathering of tourism industry stakeholders in the world, where he led the Goa delegation, Parulekar said the revival of charter tourism flights from Germany is "definitely" going to happen reports Times of India.

A delegation of travel and tour operators from Germany is expected to visit Goa in April and charter flights are expected to resume from the next season. Goa's government will invite journalists and travel agents from Germany and give them a taste of Goa’s tourism.

"A team of four journalists and two travel and tour operators from London are coming to Goa on our invitation this month," Parulekar said adding that this exercise will also be extended to the German business and media segment.

Parulekar also said he held discussions with the Union external affairs minister to provide the visa-on-arrival facility for German charter tourists which would go a long way in boosting arrivals from Germany.

Goa was discovered as a favourite destination during the European winter time mainly due to the German hippies in the mid-60's. While last year 47 flights landed in Goa with 7.451 Germans, this year till mid-February only 14 flights with a total of 3.657 visitors had arrived. The number of German tourists visiting India in the year 2009 was 1,91,616, which rose to 2,27,720 in the year 2010 and 2,40,235 in the year 2011.

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