Negating recent media reports, honorary consul of the Russian Federation in Goa, Victor Albuquerque, said the consulate does not subscribe to the items circulated by the Russian information centre (RIC), a private travel agency operating in Goa, that has sourced its information from Interfax which is, again, a private news agency.
Albuquerque, along with travel and tourism association of Goa (TTAG) president Francisco de Braganca on Tuesday told media persons that the consulate confirmed there has been no advisory. He also clarified that any advisory to Russian citizens will only be issued by the Russian government and will be made available through its consulate.
As the year draws to an end, Goa emerges as a favorite among Indian and International travelers to welcome the New Year.
Ravish Doctor, marketing manager for India, Skyscanner, a travel search engine, disclosed that Skyscanner witnessed a 91 per cent increase in domestic searches to Goa, and a 63 per cent increase in international searches during the same travel period (December 26, 2015 to January 3, 2016), when compared to the week before. Countries that recorded highest searches to Goa in the last week of 2015 include the United Kingdom and Russia – contributing to 41 per cent and 38 per cent of searches performed respectively.
A slew of big international music festivals, like Sunburn Goa 2015, is lined up during the same time period.
Event – Sunburn Goa 2015, 9th Edition
Venue – Northern shores of Vagator, Goa
From – December 27
To – December 30, 2015.
Official travel partner – Skyscanner
A surge in travel searches to Goa during that period of December indicates a trend. Experimental travelling is becoming a common phenomenon among Indian and foreign tourists. Travelers want to combine their itineraries with such events as the arts, music, food, sports and entertainment.
Skyscanner eagerly looks forward to the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene event and wants to involve music lovers from across the world. It wants to equip travelers with smart tools that will assist them in searching for the best flight options, saving them both time and money. It has launched a series of activities for its users offering them an opportunity to be part of the festival this year which will witness some of the biggest names in EDM, including Martin Garrix and David Guetta.