Goa tourism always works towards the direction of improvement of the flow of tourist to Goa from various destinations across the world. The new system in the place will help in improving the inbound tourist flow as a result of cost cutting.
According to the sources from IANS, the TTAG (Travel and Tourism Industry of Goa) on Saturday welcomed the new charter policy devised by the Ministry of Civil Aviation which will help the tour operators to cut the cost and pass on the benefits to the tourists.
The TTAG president Francisco Braganza told the media that, the new policy will increase the flow of tourist to state. Calling it very flexible and has the major landmark changes. “The new policy has several landmark changes which include properly defining all players in the charter flight operations. It has also offered a lot of flexibility to charter a company which helps them to plan their tours with fewer formalities,” Said Mr. Braganza.
Braganza is associated with top representatives of the industry in Goa. According to him, the new policy will help charter operators to pass on the benefits to the customers. “Earlier when the tour operators flew in with charter plane with tourists, the plane would return empty but the new policy will now help the charter companies to allow the different set of tourists so there by the seating capacity of the airplane is completely utilized and the losses are reduced,” said Braganza.
The major flow of tourist comes to Goa from Russian and Europe. According to the sources around 200,000 foreign tourists comes to Goa by charter every year. According to Braganza, the monopoly of the Air India as the only ground handling agent has been the major hurdle in the cost cutting of tour packages as the high fees charged by the government run company.
According to Braganza, the job of ground handling handed over to the private sector will help in reducing the cost. “The opening of ground handling agent services to the private sector will significantly cut down costs of flying charter planes to Indian airports because Air India’s fees were extremely high,” he said.