Goa tourism players look to diversify offerings

Panaji: From the scenic beaches of Goa to the world famous heritage monuments of Hampi in neighbouring Karnataka, the tourism players in the state want to diversify their packages to attract more travellers.

"The most successful circuit in the country right now is Jaipur-Agra-Delhi golden triangle. Efforts are on to make a similar tourism circuit running across Goa-Karnataka and Maharashtra," Nikhil Desai, Managing Director, Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), told reporters here today.

"Efforts should be undertaken to create mega circuits so that we offer a vast variety of products to the visitors."

Desai said the International Travel Mart (ITM) planned in October in Goa will market these tourism circuits.

"We want to club Hampi and Badami with scenic beaches in Dandeli (Karnataka)) and Goa. All these make a complete circuit," he said.

If operators club attractions in Karnataka with Goa packages, it will strengthen and diversify offerings," Ralf de Souza, ex-Chairman, Travel & Tourism Association of Goa, said.

Eyeing over 150 participants for the ITM, Goa Tourism Director Swapnil Naik said interaction with stakeholders will clear misconceptions about safety of tourists in the state.

Naik said there was a shift in the pattern of tourists visiting Goa. "Earlier there were 80 per cent charter tourists, while 20 per cent were free independent travellers. Now the percentage is 50:50."