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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Goa's hot?Think again

On the celebration of World Tourism Day, realization dawns that for all the fabled beauty of its land and the famously hospitable nature of its people, Goa got only 4.45 lakh foreign tourists of the 1.94 crore tourists that visited India last year. And while India's foreign exchange earnings from tourism are USD16.5 billion, Goa's share in this is just USD 1.5 billion.
In the domestic tourism scenario, Goa does not figure in the top 10 states of India. According to the website of the Union ministry of tourism, in 2011, Uttar Pradesh got 155 million domestic tourists, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 153 million and Tamil Nadu with 137 million. Gujarat, in the 10th spot, got 21 million domestic tourists. In India, the domestic tourist visits are 700 million and Goa gets only around 2.6 million domestic tourists in a year.
For the record, Goa does not also figure in the union tourism ministry's website for foreign visitors in 2011. It lists Maharashtra as number one (4.8 million), Tamil Nadu (3.3 million) and Delhi (2.1 million) as the top three states. The last three are Kerala, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh, in that order....................................

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