Goa: 370 charter tourists from Russia kick-start tourist season
Two chartered flights from Russia carrying a total of about 370 passengers arrived in Goa on Tuesday heralding the beginning of tourist season for the year 2012-2012.
The first flight - Nord Wind Airlines from Moscow landed at Goa's lone international airport at Dabolim at 2am while Orenair Airways from Ekatherinburg arrived at 6pm.
An official from the Tourism Department said that nearly 37 chartered flights from Russia are expected to land in Goa by October 31.
The Russian Federation in Mumbai has envisaged 1.80 lakh Russians visiting the state this season though there could be a marginal decline, as nearly 25,000 of the expected total are heading for Kerala.
Meanwhile, more chartered flights from Britain, Spain, Germany and other countries will arrive in the coastal state in the next coming days. Goa received nearly 26 lakh domestic and international tourists last year.