Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas tourist arrivals in Goa have dropped by 30%, says local body as GST and high airfares make holidaying costlier

Panaji: Tourists usually throng Goa during Christmas but this year seem to have given the coastal state a miss, as both foreign and domestic tourist arrivals have dropped 30 percent, a local industry association said on Sunday.

Goa is known for its night-long parties which begin from Christmas (25 December) and continue till 31 December midnight.
"As far as Christmas is concerned, there has been a drop in foreign and domestic tourist arrival by almost 30 percent compared to last year," Savio Messiah, president, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), told PTI.

Messiah claimed that the factors "like GST" have affected the high-end tourists while many have refused to come because of the "high air-fares" and "high cost of holiday" in the state.

Messiah said the situation will hopefully improve during the New Year celebrations with more people arriving in the state.

However, Goa tourism department claims the tourists have just begun arriving and the number would go up during the coming week.

"The tourists have already begun arriving in the state. We expect more footfall this week. You can see yourself how streets are abuzz with the guests," the state's Tourism Director Menino D'Souza said.
24/12/17 PTI/First Post