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Goa turns eastward as Russian arrivals surge


The Russian deluge continues unabated in Goa, with the soon-to-be-implemented visa on arrival (VoA) for the market hailed as a big advantage for the beach destination.

The destination received 119,447 arrivals between October 2013 and January 2014 alone, putting it on track to surpass last year’s 157,605 visitors between October 2012 and March 2013.

According to Goa Tourism, which promoted the destination at Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition, international tourist arrivals rose by 9.3 per cent in 2013. Russians took the lion’s share of arrivals, with 30 per cent being repeat visitors.

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