For the year 2014 (January-December), the number of tourists visiting Goa has shown a marked improvement from the previous year with growth rate reaching 30%. As per data released by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa, the total number of tourists, including both domestic and international visitors, visiting the state stood at 40,58,226 during the period up from 31,21,473 tourists in 2013.
Here is a table that highlights the key points of the data released by the government:
|Year||Total tourists||Domestic Tourists||Foreign Tourists|
Speaking about the observed trend, Ameya Abhyankar, Director of Tourism, Goa said that the data reinforces Goa’s preeminent position as a top holiday destination in the world and things can only get better.
As per the data available with the tourist department, the growth rate is fuelled by domestic travelers which showed a sharp increase of 62 per cent for the last quarter of 2014 (October to December) over the corresponding period in 2013. While in 2013, 12, 19,872 domestic tourists trickled into Goa, this number went up to 19, 70,792 in 2014 during the same period.
However the number of foreign tourists showed a slight decline, as it came down from 2, 32,874 in 2013 to 2, 30,811 in 2014 for the last quarter (October- December). Abhyankar noted that it was a very marginal drop.
The Minister for Tourism, Dilip Parulekar regarded the data as very encouraging. He also said that the drop in foreign tourists is only a temporary blip caused by the geopolitical scenario in Europe and will soon improve.
He went on to add that Goa is exploring new markets across the globe to promote Goa as a tourist destination which would likely lead to more foreign visitors in the coming months.
It is the first time that the Department of Tourism has come up with a break up of tourists according to the mode of transport they have chosen: road, rail, sea and air engaging the services of the railways, PWD, MPT and Airport Authority of India.
The report compiled by the railways shows that from October to December 2014, as many as 4, 03,107 people traveled by rail to Goa. A similar data on road showed 17, 05,755 arrived in Goa via private vehicles and buses. Meanwhile among the foreign tourists 7,867 tourists used cruise vessels and another 84,875 availed chartered flights.
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