Panjim, September 24: Goa Tourism participated in the 23rd International Trade Fair for Travel & Tourism Forum at OTDYKH 2017 in Moscow from September 19-21, 2017. Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar, Minister for Tourism, Govt of Goa attended this International event along with officials from Dept of Tourism and Goa Tourism Development Corporation.
While attending the event at Moscow, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Govt of Goa said “Goa Tourism received an overwhelming response from International delegates attending the OTDYKH and tourism travel and trade operators who assembled in Moscow from across the globe. Over 300 Travel Trade members visited our pavilion and several charter companies requested for policies to grant more parking berths at the Goa International airport to increase tourist arrivals. There has been a significant rise in Russian tourist arrivals to Goa and is directly related to the promotion campaigns that the Ministry of Tourism is conducting through its participation in International events.”
Year after year, Goa Tourism showcases its new initiatives and activities at international tourism events and this year too, Goa Tourism took this opportunity to promote its unique facilities and facets to people from across the globe.
There has been a significant increase in Russian tourist arrivals to Goa with a 55% increase in 2016 against 33% in 2012. Goa received as many as 3, 76,957 Russian tourists in the year 2016 alone. Goa, which is popular among travellers in the western countries, attracted 614 chartered flights during the tourist season lasting from October 2016 to May 2017. These flights brought 1, 60,728 lakh Russian tourists to Goa.
Goa Tourism had put up an attractive pavilion showcasing Goan traditions, heritage and all its tourism attractions. Besides the travel and trade visitors from Moscow, the Goa Tourism pavilion also welcomed a delegation of Regional Travel Trade from around Russia.
Several b2b sessions were also conducted giving travel and tour operators an insight into Goa’s new portfolios and new attractions in the state.