Goa plans to develop 'Western
Circuit' for tourism
After reaching a saturation
point with beach tourism, Goa is now contemplating on developing circuit
tourism and a `Western Circuit’ involving neigbouring states in the region
is currently being worked upon. The state government plans to include Maharashtra,
Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. According to Elvis Gomes, Director
of Goa Tourism Department, circuit tourism will further boost tourism and
economy of the respective states. Packages tours for this circuit will
be created with Goa as the starting and ending point of the tour, according
to Gomes. The idea is to provide a different product and also channel the
large number of tourists, both domestic and international visiting Goa
to the other states.
“We will seek co-operation
from the other four states once we finalise the concept,” Gomes told Travel
Biz Monitor. Apart from the tour operators in India and abroad, this circuit
will also be sold by the state tourism boards of Maharashtra, Gujarat,
Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
||“Goa is too small a place
for long packages of seven days or more. Hence, we have thought of creating
a circuit including other states catering to the long holiday segment.
While, the concept of the `Western Circuit’ is in the planning stage we
are planning to float a package tour of 25-days through these five states,”
informed Gomes. The package tour for the proposed `Western Circuit’ will
cover destinations focusing on segments like ecotourism, adventure tourism,
heritage tourism, beach tourism, wildlife tourism etc. The state is also
focusing on developing eco and adventure tourism, exploiting and exposing
its forested and hilly regions for the same.