Even just 20 years ago, nothing and nobody could have predicted Goa’s incredible tourism boom.
Though the first 5-star hotels opened for business as far back as the 1970s, and the first charter flights started to land in the 1980’s, the state’s famously laid back character remained intact, the beaches still shimmered pristine, and garbage was nowhere to be seen.
But sussegad no more, it has been breakneck growth ever since. In 1985, the state still hosted just 7,00,000 visitors, almost all from the rest of India. Even in the fateful millennium year of 2000-when Goa suddenly emerged into global consciousness as a hedonistic playground-total tourist arrivals comprised just over 1 million.
Then the tourism tsunami commenced. By 2003 that number had already doubled to 2 million. A scant decade later Goa anticipates its most lucrative tourism season ever, with well over 3 million arrivals, perhaps as many as 3.3 million. Our little state is one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world.
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