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Despite recession, no drop in Russian tourist arrivals

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While Goa saw a mighty fall in tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom, escaping the cold winter back home Russians were almost the same in number as seen last season, which was termed “fantastic” by the tourism industry.

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While Goa received 40,856 Russian tourists by March 2008, this year the tourism department has recorded 40,620 Russian arrivals as of March 17. In comparison, the UK, which holds the number one spot in Goa’s buzzing tourist population, has seen many giving their favourite winter haunt a miss.

“Recession and job cuts in the UK are to be blamed for this,” says Sean Ferris from West Ham, UK. “There were quite a few of the chaps who were to be here with us. But now, money is tight,” he said.

The drop in UK arrivals to Goa has been drastic. Peruse the figures: Upto March 2008, Goa received 91,396 tourists from the UK. In contrast, the tourism department has recorded 65,184 UK arrivals upto March 17 this year.

“Russia was not affected by the global recession initially,” explains Ernest Dias, a tour operator handling Russian clients, and also vice-president of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa.

In fact, Russian arrivals from October to December 2008 beat the figures of the corresponding period last season by several hundreds. However, it must be pointed out here, that the Russian numbers fell after the new year in 2009. “The Russian rouble crashed by the end of December 2008, and that’s when it started to affect holiday-makers’ plans,” explains Dias.

Goa felt the tremors after the central bank in Russia allowed the currency to devalue for the twelfth time. The Russian tourist arrivals started to slide below the figures that were seen at the fag end of the season in March 2008.

“There has been a drop in tourists from Moscow. However, the flow of tourists from the other regions has made up for it and has managed to keep the Russian figures high,” adds Dias.

Breaking new ground from its traditional markets of Moscow and St Petersburg, season 2008-09 saw Goa enter new markets, drawing tourists from the regions of Ufa and Samara in the former communist country.

Courtesy: timesofindia

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