Goa to boost its tourism with sea planes, helicopters and amphibious vehicles

Goa to boost its tourism with sea planes, helicopters and amphibious vehicles

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Goa, which is expected to draw around 7.5 million visitors in 2016, would be boosting its tourism with seaplanes, helicopters and amphibious vehicles.

Goa Tourism Minister, Dilip Parulekar said, “The sea plane project will start on January 6. We have already signed a contract with Mumbai-based MEHAIR company, which will run the sea planes connecting the Dabolim airport to different rivers across the state. While the seaplanes and helicopters will be flying across the state from the Vasco-based Dabolim airport, plans are afoot to start amphibious vehicle services for tourists which will take them from cities to inland water routes.”

Parulekar said that seaplanes would land in the Mandovi and Chapora rivers during the first phase and the tourists would be directly flown from the airport to the heart of the coastal state.

The state tourism department would also commence private helicopter services connecting Dabolim airport to various helipads from January 15, 2016, onwards.

“Semi-government organisation Pawan Hans has already entered into an agreement with us wherein they will fly tourists from the airport to various helipads in places like Aguada, Old Goa and Canacona,” added Parulekar.

The tourism department is also ready with four amphibious buses which it intends to launch in the state after proper approval is obtained from the Union shipping ministry.