The Goa government is making all efforts to revive tourist arrivals from the UK, a key market from where state-bound traffic has been on the wane, the Goa Assembly was informed, as per a PTI report. Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa said this while responding to a query from Rohan Khaunte, MLA from Porvorim Constituency, who had questioned the Goa Tourism Ministry’s wisdom to take part in the World Travel Mart (WTM), held in London, despite the fact that tourist arrivals from Britain were dropping.
The WTM, held in November 2012, saw participation by the Goa delegation led by Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, Government of Goa. “You will see the impact of our participation in WTM in the next year’s statistics,” Parrikar said.
He said if the UK market is slipping out of hand, then the participation will help regain the confidence of tourists. Khaunte pointed out nearly Rs one crore was spent on the delegation which took part in the event.