Ukrainian crisis may hit Goa tourism

PTI, PANAJI | 08 September 2014 19:28 IST

The economic slowdown in Russia has pushed the Goa tourism department to run their activities more aggressively towards the European country, besides aiming for travellers from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a senior official said on Sunday.

“Russian tourists are backbone of our Goan tourism industry. Market trends are changing and South East Asia is becoming more dominant force,” Deputy General Manager (Hotels and Marketing), Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), Gavin Dias told PTI at the sidelines of Familiarisation tour organised for Russian tour operators in Goa.

He said the department was eyeing a 10 per cent growth this year but with downturn in the Russian economy, the business might be affected.

“We want to increase numbers and like to have ten per cent growth but unfortunately due to recession some of the Russian operators might have gone bust. It might affect the charters coming in this season but we are extensively trying to push and sell Goa,” he said.

Tourists from Russia contributes for the highest number of foreign travellers in the beach state. Last year, Russian travellers accounted for 1.2 lakh, out of total five lakh foreign tourists in the state.

Dias said that the state is pushing itself not only as a beach destination but also as a family, heritage and sports destination.

“We want to maintain the number of arrivals and whatever increase happens it should be in sync with our carrying capacity which has reached its peak,” he said, adding, that the state is developing infrastructure required to cater for the growth.

Commenting on the current Ukraine crisis that might impede Russian tourism growth, he said those crisis are something that is political and hoped that it will not affect the arrivals here.

“People who are travelling to Goa, especially from Russian countries will not be affected by it (crisis). Those who want to come have already pre-booked their tickets,” he said.

“Now people from Moscow and surrounding areas are coming to Goa. We want to tap every nook and corner because everybody has a spending power. Buying a chartered ticket is not expensive. Our main motto is to create awareness,” he added.

One of the Russian delegation members, Ekaterina Varkopulo, a sales executive with Air Arabia, said that majority of the tourists visiting Goa, wants to come back.

“Russian tourists looks out for beaches. About 70 per cent of those who come here definitely wants to come back,” she said.

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I don`t think that you realize how many tourists will not come to or come back again to Goa , not because they don`t love the place but because of the high cost of a visa. It costs a family of four nearly £400 and that is off putting for many UK families.

- Michael Black, Gainsborough. uk | 11 th September 2014 09:55

 

It is not often a Regional Crisis that can Hit Goa Tourism.

Within Goa itself, we have some ill-educated and lime-light seeking MLA`s , who are on a suicide mission to destroy Goa Tourism.

Recent remarks by Sudin Dhavilikar, his sibling Dipak and the other MGP spare-part, Laloo Mameladar have been displaying their Tourism suicidal missions.

On another level , we have the Rip Off Taxi gangsters, hafta collecting Police & garbage strewn all over Goa,that is sufficient to deter Tourists.

Goa`s new Dabolim Airport too & all the chaos within it & around it has become a show piece of Goa Governments "State of the Art" incompetence.

Instead of improving Customer Experience, it has turned to be a nightmare.

As usual Goa Govt. will blame AAI. Never its own incompetence.

- N.Fernandes, London | 10 th September 2014 22:51

 

Goa Tourism should not worry too much about the Tourist deficit from both Russia or Ukraine.

The Chief Minister has to just request Goa Tourisms Ace Trouble shooter, Dilip Parulekar, to go over to these Countries and promise them, that Goa is safe ....bar the garbage & rabid dogs littering the Beaches.

All Goa Government has to do, is to arrange a "Junket" for Mr Parulekar at Tax Payers expense...and also a few more under-performing Ministers in his Cabinet to assist Mr Parulekar.

The CM must give Mr Paruilekar an ASSURANCE that his mis-appropriated Properties in Serula & his Penthouse in Panaji will be safe from the monsters of The High Court.

As a recommendation, I would advise Mr Parrikar to send Sudin Dhavilikar along with Dilip Parulekar to advise these decadent Russians & Ukranians that Bikinis are no longer permitted on Goan Beaches. They should ensure they pack a "Night Dress " or "Night Gown" if the wish to swim or lounge on Goan Beaches.

Another Minister I would recommend is Mr Dipak Dhavilikar (Brother of Sudin).

Dipak could advise the Russians & Ukranians, that it will be a while before Goa becomes a complete Hindu -Rastra.

And what about Dy. CM Francis D'Souza..the worlds 1st & only Hindu-Christian. He could explain the theory and Practicals behind how one becomes a Hindu Christian.

The world is yet to discover, a Christian -Hindu" .

Finally I would not recommend Lavoo Mameladar. He just speaks any nonsense to show us he is worthy of his job.

And if Pramod Mutalik decides to go to these Countries,with his Brother-in -Arms the Dhavilikars, I would recommend he carries a "Sword". This sharp & shiny implement will be sufficient to defend him self from the Missiles the Russians & Ukranians are firing at each other.

- N.Fernandes, London | 08 th September 2014 23:11

 

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