Panjim, October 1: The first charter flight from Moscow arrived at the Goa International Airport, Dabolim today, marking the beginning of the tourism season in Goa for the year 2017-18.
The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar said, ”it’s a flying start for the new tourism season with the arrival of 519 foreign tourists from Russia on the first charter flight which arrived in Goa today. I am very happy that the new tourism season has begun and am confident that it will progress smoothly and satisfactorily.
I received an overwhelming response from tour operators when I was in Moscow last month and both Goa Tourism and the Russian travel and tour operators had very fruitful discussions and business interactions which will have positive results for Goa this season. I welcome the arrival of the first charter and wish all our tourism stakeholders and charter handling agencies a very successful season.
I once again reiterate that even as Goa Tourism is very serious about ensuring the safety and security of all its tourists, I appeal to all our foreign and domestic guests to enjoy responsibly and to follow the laws of the land and all the DOs and D’ONTs to avoid risking or endangering their lives.
The Goa police, lifeguards and locals serve as our ambassadors and one needs to pay heed to them at times in addition to following signboards, warning notices and whatever awareness is created in the interest of tourists.”
Biblio Globus in association with Concord Exotic Voyages (P) Ltd today brought its first charter flight with 519 passengers from Russia on board Rossiya Airlines which arrived at Goa airport, Dabolim at 8:30 a.m.
Goa Tourism accorded a warm welcome to the charter passengers on arrival at the airport with a brass band and presentation of roses and sweets to all the passengers.
Goa Tourism is expecting a good charter season this year and is taking all necessary steps to clear out hurdles at the airport with regards to landings and slots for charters.
While there was a dip in charter arrivals due to recession and geo-political scenario across the globe, the year 2016-17 saw a surge in arrival of charters and passengers. This year Goa Tourism is optimistic and confident of crossing the 1000 mark of charter flights.
This year 519 passengers arrived on the first charter alone as against 492 passengers last year.