Economy

High air fare hits tourist flow to Goa

PTI Panaji | Updated on January 03, 2011 Published on January 03, 2011

29/12/2010 Goa: Tourists enjoying the ambience at colva beach in South Goa.   -  BUSINESS LINE

The high air fares hit tourism in Goa during Christmas and New Year, trade sources said today.

Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) President, Mr Gaurish Dhond said that the tourists’ inflow could have been much better if airlines had not hiked their ticket fares during the peak season.

He said that except for two days of Christmas and New Year, the tourist flow was actually down.

“Extremely high bus fares and air fares made it difficult for the travellers to come,” he said. But he did not quantify the fall in number of tourists to the state because of high air fares.

TTAG chief said that air fare for Goa touched all time high Rs 30,000 per ticket single way from Delhi as against the normal air ticket of Rs 6,000.

“When Malaysia and Sri Lanka offer three—night package for as low as Rs 15,000 including flight ticket, who would spend so much just to visit Goa,” he asked.

TTAG has demanded that state and central governments should intervene and do something to arrest the sky—rocketing air fares.

As per estimates, Goa received around 75,000 visitors on December 31 for New Year celebrations.

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Published on January 03, 2011
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