Draws flak from some sections industry for planning to visit same marts repeatedly; TTAG welcomes plan, as important for Goa tourism
PANJIM: Goa Tourism is flying high. taking off from where the previous government left off, it has planned at least 11 international tours from September 2017 to March 2018 for its Tourism Department. Interestingly many visits will be to the same destinations where trade and road shows were attended earlier.
Details available with Herald reveal that four core events and trade fairs are scheduled in September, followed by ITB Asia in Singapore in October and the World Travel Mart in London, in November.
The shows in September include OTDYKH Leisure in Moscow (September 19-21), PATA Travel Mart in Macau (September 13-15), IFTM in Paris (September 26-29) and tourism expo JATA in Japan (September 21-24).
While the tourism delegation from Goa will participate in the travel mart in Singapore slated from October 25-27, it will attend three PATA road shows in Australia, New Zealand and Israel in the very month. The dates of these shows were extracted from the organisers' official websites.
Three more shows FITUR in Spain, MITT Moscow and ITB Berlin, Germany will be held in January and March 2018 for which the Goa Tourism has reportedly confirmed its participation.
Some stakeholders have slammed the Tourism Department for the foreign trips arguing that some travel shows do not benefit the tourism industry in Goa though the state does need to attend these shows
A senior tourism officer conceded that the trips were scheduled during the current financial year. “It’s a promotional annual event at these places. We will set up our stalls and the various facets of Goa Tourism,” he told Herald.
Travel and Tourism Association of Goa President Savio Messias welcomed the move to participate in important marts. “It is
important to travel to major marts like in Russia and UK,” he said.
Meanwhile, 14 domestic events are scheduled in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi NCR, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and other places during the seven months.
The Tourism Department under then Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar had come under flak over an increasing number of foreign tours, after which there was a decline in the number of visits. In 2014, the department had cancelled a Rs 4 crore trip to Spain which was avowedly aimed at promoting religious tourism.