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Scaling heights with launch of Hot Air Balloon service in Goa

Goa touched another milestone in its tourism sector on Tuesday, with the launch of the Hot Air Ballooning services by GTDC. The occasion was graced by Hon’ble Tourism Minister of Goa, Shri. Dilip Parulekar, Chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) Shri. Nilesh Cabral, Director of Goa Tourism Shri. Ameya Abhyankar and MD, GTDC Shri. Nikhil Desai at the GTDC parking lot at Baga.

The Hot Air Balloon service was tested in May 2015 and now, with the beginning of the peak season, Goa Tourism is all set to offer its visitors an unforgettable experience. A special test ride was arranged for the invitees during the event. The  Hot  Air  Ballooning  Safaris  are designed  by  Camping  Retreats  Pvt. Ltd, a Delhi-based agency  well known for  its  high  standards   of  security, safety and customer service  in conduct of tiger  balloon safaris in India  and  abroad.

In the introductory phase, two hot air balloons will be operational with tours to Dudhsagar Water Falls. The Cameroon 180  will be part  of the  hot  air  balloon  fleet  that  will  be in operation  in Goa  taking tourists  atop Goa’s picturesque  landscaping and  offering  spectacular areal displays of the  State’s  tourism sites. This service aims at providing another dimension to adventure tourism in the state, it will also focus on showcasing Goa’s hinterlands and will give tourists an opportunity to explore  the rich  geography of the state via the sky and the waterways.

Shri. Dilip Parulekar, Minister of Tourism, Govt. of Goa, said, “Goa offers a beautiful combination of sun, sand and sea, to witness this from a height is a breathtaking experience and we are sure that tourists will be able to make the most of this. It is our endeavor to provide visitors to the state with unique experiences that encourage them to keep coming back to the state.”

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Shri. Nilesh Cabral, Chairman of GTDC, added, “We are very happy to start with the full-fledged operations of Hot air ballooning services and we hope that tourists will be able to enjoy Goa’s varied landscape through their journey on a hot air balloon. We have obtained all the required permissions and safety checks for the balloons. We are confident that this will be another feather in Goa Tourism’s cap.”

 The entire system meets all the required safety standard and certifications. System certification is from FAA (USA), CAA (UK) and EASA (Europe) has been obtained. Since it is a flying object, it carries the same certification procedure as a regular airplane. In India, this certification is sought from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

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