#GOA welcomed 5.3 million visitors last year, up by more than 30% on the 2014 total.
An e-tourist visa scheme, now available at Goa Airport, helped to boost international arrivals. Close to 50,000 e-visas were issued at the airport, mostly to visitors from the UK, US, Russia, and the UAE.
Goa’s tourism minister Dilip Parulekar said: ‘We are delighted to know that despite various negative geo-political situations across the globe, tourism in Goa is not hit in any way. We have received a good response from foreign and domestic tourists in 2015. Our new initiatives in marketing are showing substantial results and we are optimistic that tourists will choose Goa as their destination for holidaying.’
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