Goa popular with tourists; but sharp fall this year; why so !!
Goa has always been hotspot for tourists and the crowd usually gets building up around Christmas itself.
Only this year, the tourists in large numbers appear to be heading elsewhere going by the claims that both foreign and domestic tourist arrivals have dropped 30 per cent.
The numbers are also corroborated by local industry associations.
Goa is known for its night-long parties which begin from Christmas (December 25) and continue till December 31 mid-night.
Local industrialists claim that factors “like GST” have affected the high-end tourists while many have refused to come because of the “high air-fares” and “high cost of holiday” in the state.
It is by the way expected that situation will hopefully improve during the New Year celebrations with more people arriving in the state.
However, Goa tourism department claims the tourists have just begun arriving and the number would go up during the coming week.
Even this year, the tourism ministry sources expect a footfall of more than four lakh tourists in the New Year in the state. >