German tourists in 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
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.