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Goa looks to attract tourists from smaller Russian regions

PANAJI

Scores of delegates from Russian-speaking countries and Russian regions are visiting the state this week for a familiarization trip organized with support of Goa Tourism. Goan authorities are eyeing greater tourist numbers from southern Russia.

As the new tourism season is about to start in Goa, Indian tour operators as well as tourism authorities are still guessing whether the expected growth of 15 percent in the number of tourist arrivals can be achieved. In order to boost tourist inflow from Russia, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) organized a Fam Trip (a short for Familiarisation Trip) for Russian tour operators and travel agencies this week.

The delegates came from Southwest Russia, Povolzhye and Ural regions, where Goa (and India) is yet to become a popular destination. Most Russian-speaking tourists come from Northwest and Central Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan. Liliya Yakhina, director of TUI Travel’s Yekaterinburg office, says the popularity of India is growing in her city. “It is on the third position now after Egypt and Thailand,” she added.

Full report here Russia and India Report 

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