ETW STAFF – Mumbai
In 2012-13, The Department of Tourism, Government of Goa registered a record arrival of 27.8 lakh tourist in the state of Goa of which, 4.5 lakh were foreigners as against 26.7 lakh, which includes 4.45 lakh foreigners during 2010-11, showing an increase of 4.4% in the inflow.
Goa also witnessed an increase in arrival of chartered flights in 2012-13. According to Goa Tourism Department statistics, 987 chartered flights carrying 2.15 lakh tourists landed in Goa during between October 2012 and May 2013.
These chartered flights during October 2012 to May 2013 were from nine international destinations. Of this about 742 arrived from Russia followed by 152 flights from United Kingdom.
Similarly, the number of cruise ship arrivals in Goa has also seen an increase with 25 vessels carrying 22,233 passengers in 2012-13, as against 20 vessels carrying 11,946 passengers last years.