State Affairs

North Indian tourists bring in business to Goa

PANAJI

Some may not like to accept it, but it’s a fact that Goa’s tourism industry is increasingly becoming dependent on domestic tourists as the number of foreign charter tourists has dwindled over the last two years.

Their numbers are growing and hotel bookings is 80-90% sometimes even 100% during extended weekends. Tourist trades now specially plan their packages accordingly.

Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, whose major part of Mandrem constituency is a tourist hub, feels reliance on domestic tourists makes better business sense as they (domestic tourists) are better spenders when compared to foreign tourists.

That the arrival of domestic tourists, this carnival, has gone up is evident by the crowded coastal belt and their larger presence for the carnival parade in Panaji on Saturday. The tourism footfalls are high this weekend in North Goa, said a shack owner in Baga who is conventionally dependent on UK tourists.

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