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Tuesday, 24 December, 2019, 12 : 00 PM [IST]

Goa to face a decline in foreign tourist numbers from Israel, Russia and UK issuing advisaries: TTAG

Even as a decline in tourist numbers from the UK affects the tourist trade in Goa, the recent advisories by various countries asking their citizens visiting India to be cautious in view of the nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has added to concerns of stakeholders reported The Times of India (TOI).

The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) believes that there will be some fallout, and that Goa could see a further decline in foreign footfalls even though the state has been relatively calm.

“It is a worrisome situation,” Savio Messias, President, TTAG told TOI. “We are expecting a decline in arrival of foreign tourists with countries such as Israel, Russia and UK issuing advisaries. We are really concerned.” Even though this time of the year — Christmas week — is a peak period in Goa’s tourism calendar, the state hasn’t quite started bustling with tourists yet. 

Messias said that Goa hasn’t witnessed protests like in other parts of the country, but there are chances that some tourists will defer their plans to visit India, and Goa too will see a dip in foreign arrivals. Among international tourists visiting Goa, Russians top the list. During the past two years, however, the number of Russian arrivals to Goa has dropped.

John Lobo, Secretary, Shack Owners’ Welfare Society (SOWS) said, “We have very few tourists this time though Christmas is just two days away.” 

Ernest Dias, COO, Sita Travels, is confident that the advisory issued by Russia to its people travelling to India is unlikely to have an impact Goa. “We in Goa don’t have any trouble. I feel Russians will not be deterred by the advisory because they are bold travelers,” said Dias. He said his company hasn’t witnessed any cancellations since the advisory was issued, and that it was too early to make any estimation.

(Source: TOI)

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