Goa Tourism today said the state had received a record 1128 charter flights during the peak season in 2013-14, from October 2013 to May 2014, carrying a record number of 2.61 lakh passengers.
The corresponding figures for the previous year was 996 charter flights carrying 2.15 lakh passengers. This amounts to a 13.25% increase in the arrival of charter flights year on year basis, a press release from Goa Tourism said.
The release said this was the highest number of charter flights that had arrived in the history of the state. There was a 21% increase in the number of foreign tourists who arrived by charter flights as compared to the corresponding period last year.
Goa also received state-of-the-art Boeing Dreamliner flights from the United Kingdom as charters, it said.
Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said he was delighted with this achievement. He said this was the result of professional marketing and promotional activities undertaken by the Tourism Department by actively involving travel trade professionals and also with the help and support of the charter /tour operators and other professional agencies that have done a commendable job in attracting foreign tourists from all over the world.
Mr Parulekar said he was optimistic about the arrival of tourists in the coming season, especially due to the Decennial Exposition of the Holy Relics of St. Francis Xavier.
“It will be my endeavour to make Goa a leading destination of choice for foreign and domestic tourists, while focusing on quality tourists and improving the tourism infrastructure in the state," he added.