The first air planes with Russian tourists are expected in Goa in October
The Indian state of Goa began to remove restrictions on the tourist business. The first boards with Russian tourists can land in Goa in mid-October. Michael Lobo, the state's minister of technology and science, reported.
According to him, negotiations on lifting restrictions on air traffic with Russia are already being conducted by the Prime Minister of India. “Since the Russian side is ready to start flights to Goa next month, the Indian authorities should immediately give the green signal. In particular, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Internal Affairs should soften the conditions for the entry of tourists, arriving through tour operators,” Michael Lobo added.
He also noted that in order to receive guests from other countries, it is necessary to remove most of the bans that have been in effect over several months in Goa. For example, the state government will allow beach bungalows to operate since October during the high season. Also, soon the possibility of opening bars for tourists in Goa is being discussed.
As Michael Lobo reported, now tour operators should arrange flight programs and calculate the approximate number of clients that companies can send to Goa. “If we don't start business in October, how will we live?" the minister summed up.
As one of the Indian host companies told, Goa officials quite insistently asked the local travel industry to prepare to receive tourists from October. As for the conditions of entry, they are still unknown.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.