State government on Wednesday said that they intend to tap the segment of the Indian origin American travellers who annually arrive in the country to unwind themselves.
Addressing media persons, Tourism Director Swapnil Naik said Goa’s sandy beaches, unexplored hinterlands and relaxed lifestyle make it a perfect destination for the expat Indians who travel home to India annually. Naik, who is back from the three cities’ tour in the US, said that every year a large number of Indian residents in American visit their homes in India. “We are trying to tap this potential to grow the tourism,” he said.
Goa tourism delegation comprising Tourism Minister Nilkant Halarnkar, Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava and Swapnil Naik had visited three cities the US Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, last week.
Naik said that the three city tour included road-shows and networking meetings with trade representatives along the west coast in the three cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Atlanta-based Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) assisted the state delegation during the visit and two large road-shows were organised in Los Angeles and San Francisco with the support offered by them.
The tourism minster informed that over 160 trade officials from some of the best travel agencies in the cities including well known members of the expat community attended the events.
“AAHOA has invited us to showcase Goa at its annual convention and trade show in mid June at Las Vegas, Nevada. We have been offered space as an exhibitor at this event which will have in attendance a large number of the NRI community and trade visitors,” he said.