Helicopter Tourism at
Tourists visiting Goa
would be able to enjoy a bird's-eye-view of the state's beaches and thick
forests with state government planning to develop 'helicopter tourism'
in the state.
Presenting the budget,
Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today announced developing helicopter
tourism in the state in association with private operators.
Kamat, who also holds
the finance portfolio, said that central government's assistance of Rs.75
lakh will be utilised for the construction of helipads, adding that the
state has an immense potential for helicopter tourism.
Goa attracts around 24
lakh tourists annually of which 4 lakh come from abroad.
The Goa budget for 2010-11
has also made provision of Rs.200 lakh for commencing a sunset cruise from
Panaji to Cortalim.
Strengthening the tourism
infrastructure, the budget also encourages countryside tourism and allows
residents to construct self-contained rooms for tourists.
Kamat also announced a
soft-loan at the rate of 8 per cent interest through the Economic Development
Corporation (EDC) and a onetime grant of Rs.50,000 per room constructed.