German charters to begin next season: Parulekar

Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar has expressed confidence that German charter tourists may once again start visiting Goa.

On his return from ITB-Berlin, the largest gathering of tourism industry stakeholders in the world, where he led the Goa delegation, Parulekar said the revival of charter tourism flights from Germany is "definitely" going to happen. "For the first time in 25 years we set up a big stall at the tourism mart in Berlin and we were very aggressive in marketing Goa as a beach destination and we received a very good response," he said.
A delegation of travel and tour operators from Germany is expected to visit Goa in April and charter flights are expected to resume from the next season. Charter tourists from Germany were the very first to land in Goa in the early 1980's. However, charter flights stopped arriving a few years ago. "I was in Germany for five days and had very fruitful discussions with travel and tour operators there on restarting charter tourist flights," he said.
Parulekar also said he held discussions with the Union external affairs minister to provide the visa-on-arrival facility for German charter tourists which would go a long way in boosting arrivals from Germany, adding that the minister has promised to consider the request favourably. [TOI]