The two city tour of the continent included road-shows and networking meetings with trade representatives in the two oceanic countries. While the bustling city of Sydney located in the south-east coast of Australia draws few tourists to the coastal state of Goa, state tourism officials are keen to make a difference. The tourism contingent also made a stop-over in Auckland, New Zealand. Located in the northern island of New Zealand, Auckland is one of the largest and most populated areas of the country. Auckland based MP of Indian origin, Kanwaljit Singh extended his support to the contingent and offered to support and help market Goa as a holiday destination in the country.
With the added assistance from India Tourism Regional Director, the delegation was able to tap the local tourist markets in the two adjoining countries.
Naik said, “There has been keen interest expressed by the travel and trade fraternity in Australia and New Zealand on adding Goa to the travel itinerary of the local traveller. This is Goa Tourism’s first attempt to reach out to this distant market and we look forward to making it happen.”
A number of issues were debated and discussed during interactions with the travel agents in order to better understand the view points of the representatives of the two countries. One of the major concerns raised was airline connectivity to the coastal state. The state tourism department is exploring the idea of initiating talks with Singapore Airlines to begin direct flights to Goa as Singapore is the key international transit point in Asia for the oceanic countries especially Australia and New Zealand. A direct flight to Goa would enable an easier access to Goa.