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Roadshow in Goa to woo tourists to Odisha

Debabrata Mohapatra, TNN Nov 26, 2013, 12. 35AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: The state tourism department upon Monday conducted a roadshow in Goa to woo more tourists from the state.

Even though tourism departments of each states had inked a pact in July 2011 to promote tourism in every other’s region, it is yet to pay dividends for Odisha. While only about 2, seven hundred domestic tourists from Goa visited Odisha last year, the Odisha tourism department provides so far not received just one tourist from Goa via the Goa tourism.

“We have so far sent several families on deal tours to Goa. But the Goa tourism has not yet sold any of our visit packages. We are hopeful the road show would benefit us, ” said Alok Mishra, marketing manager of Odisha tourism development company (OTDC).

“Now, most of the tourists through Goa are booking by means of online or other private channels. As a result, the state federal government is losing huge revenue, ” Mishra said.

Tourism movie director Manoranjan Pattnaik, who supervised the road show in Goa, said the response was impressive. “Several tour providers and hoteliers of Goa interacted with our delegates. They have assured us to promote Odisha tourism, ” Pattnaik said.

Stakeholders associated with the hospitality sector in Odisha said the state federal government should first develop facilities in the tourist destinations before inviting visitors, be it domestic or even foreigners. “Goa beach is one of the most beautifully maintained seashores in India. But the Puri beach is just the opposite. The federal government should take steps to clean and beautify the beach. The Puri beach lacks entertainment amenities, ” said Srimant Kumar Dash, president of India-Japan Friendship Centre, a voluntary organization working for advertising of tourism links in between India and Japan.

Bhubaneswar-based local travel agency Benjamin Simon said, “Attractive tour packages should be sailed for tourists in Gujarat and IT-hub Bangalore. Within Goa, the state government ought to negotiate with charter airline flight operators to extend services to Bhubaneswar. ”

Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are the next in line, in which the state wants to promote animals and religious tourism. After Phailin, the tourism department held roadshows in Varanasi and Hyderabad last 30 days to promote the rich travel and leisure potential of the state.

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