Goa recorded an overall 30 per cent increase in tourist arrivals in 2014 over the corresponding year 2013. Data from the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa show that the state hosted a total of 4,058,226 tourists from January to December, which include both domestic and foreign tourists, as against 3,121,473 tourists in 2013, as per a release.
In 2014, as many as 3,544,634 domestic tourists and 513,592 foreign tourists visited Goa between January and December last year. In 2013, a total of 2,629,151 domestic tourists visited Goa and 492,322 foreign tourists visited Goa.
Ameya Abhyankar IAS, Director – Tourism, Government of Goa, said, “The statistical graph showing a 30 per cent increase in tourist arrivals for the year 2014 reinforces our stand that Goa is a Preferred Holiday Destination in the world and will continue to be one every passing year. It comes as no surprise to us that even the tourist arrival figures for the last quarter of 2014 (October-December) shows an increase in domestic tourist arrivals by 62 per cent. The drop in foreign tourist arrivals for the same period is also very meager.”
According to data from the Tourism Department, there is a 62 per cent increase in domestic tourist arrivals for the last quarter of 2014 over the corresponding period 2013. A total of 1,970,792 domestic tourists visited Goa between October and December as against 1,219,872 in the corresponding quarter in 2013. As far as foreign tourists arrivals are concerned, 230,811 tourists arrived in Goa in the quarter in 2014, as compared with 232,874 in 2013.