The year 2014 was extremely good for Goa in terms of tourism, as the state’s tourist arrival from January to December reflected an overall increase of 30% at 40,58,226 as compared to 26,21,473 in the previous year.
According to the data released by the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa, out of the total tourist arrivals during the period under review, 35,44,634 persons were from other states in the country, while 5,13,592 were from abroad. In 2013, domestic arrivals stood at 26,29,151 and 4,92,322 from foreign countries.
Ameya Abhyankar, Director of Tourism, Goverment of Goa said: The statistical graph showing a 30 per cent increase in tourist arrivals for the year 2014 reinforces our stand that Goa is a Preferred Holiday Destination in the world and will continue to be one every passing year. It comes as no surprise to us that even the tourist arrival figures for the last quarter of 2014 (October/November/December) shows an increase in domestic tourist arrivals by 62 per cent. The drop in foreign tourist arrivals for the same period is also very meager.”
According to data available at the tourism department, there is a 62% increase in domestic tourist arrivals for the last quarter of 2014 (October/November/December) over the corresponding period 2013. A total of 19,70,792 domestic tourists visited Goa between October to December 2014 as against 12,19,872 domestic tourists in 2013. As far as foreign tourists arrivals, as many as 2,30,811 tourists arrived in Goa between October to December in 2014 as against 2,32,874 in 2013. According to the official, this was a very marginal dip in foreign tourists arrivals in 2014.
The Minister for Tourism, Dilip Parulekar said: “The data is very encouraging news. As far as foreign tourist arrivals there has been a drop in charter arrivals but this is a temporary phase arising from the geopolitical scenario in Europe. We are focusing on newer markets across the globe and will see rise in footfalls in the months to come.”
For the first time, the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa has carried out an extensive exercise of enumerating tourists arrivals by road, rail, sea and air engaging the services of the railways, PWD, MPT and Airport Authority of India. Data collected from the railways indicates that between October-December 2014, a total of 4, 03,107 tourists travelled to Goa. Likewise, a total of 17, 05,755 tourists travelled to Goa by road either in private vehicles and buses. As many as 7,867 foreign tourists arrived via cruise vessels at MPT and 84,875 arrived via charter flights.