Goa looking to expand attraction offer

The west Indian state of Goa is looking to more than double its visitor numbers from 2.6 million to six million over the next five years.

Goa’s chief minister Manohar Parrikar made the statement of intent at the Goa Investment Forum 2012 held in Panaji, DNA India reports.

While Goa is renowned for its beautiful beaches, Mr Parrikar believes that a more diverse range of attractions is needed to take tourism in the region to the next level.

“We need to look at more than beaches and pubs. Today guests visiting Goa have only two entertainments: beaches and pubs [sic]. We have to create more alternatives for them once they arrive here,” he explained.

Last month, Goa’s tourism minister Dileep Parulekar said he is planning to bring a host of conveniences to the beaches in order to enhance enjoyment for tourists including freshwater showers, designated parking areas, toilets and lighting.

Written by Ruth Norris

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