Thomas Cook collapse to have a direct impact on Goa Tourism; likely to cause Rs 50 crore loss to the state
Last year, Goa received around 2.95 lakh UK visitors, of whom 59,900 came through charters, while Russian visitors stood at around 3.3 lakh
The drastic collapse of 178-year-old UK travel company, Thomas Cook has imapcted several travellers across the globe and it is likely to have a far-reaching impact on tourism in Goa. As per reports, the closure of Thomas Cook, which has been operating for the last 25-30 years in Goa, is said to cause a direct loss of around INR 50 crore to the state. However, the government is looking at other travel agencies in order to draw foreign tourists to the state.
On an average, Thomas Cook Airlines booked 35,000 seats from UK to Goa every season through its charters. Besides, Goa received around 2,100 British visitors every week from November to April. Last year, Goa received around 2.95 lakh UK visitors, of whom 59,900 came through charters, while Russian visitors stood at around 3.3 lakh. Out of 80 lakh tourists who visited Goa till December-end during the last tourist season, 9.3 lakh were foreign tourists, showing a marginal increase of 2.95% compared to the 23% rise during the previous season.