Panaji, Sep 23 : Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has expressed disappointment on collapse of Thomas Cook, one of the oldest tourist travel companies in the world, and said it would be a big blow for the tourism industry in the coastal state.
Speaking to reporters, TTAG President Savio Messias said Thomas Cook had been operating in the state for the last 25-30 years and losing it out would be a big blow to the industry. He said Thomas Cook, a reputed company, was bringing British tourists who were loved by the local people and the hotel industry.
“Last year, they were getting around 2000 passengers per week. On an average, a passenger stays for around 14 days, sometimes 21 days and sometimes seven days also. If you count the number of room nights, it is very, very large,” the TTAG President said.
After Russians, it is the British tourists who rank second in the list of international tourists visiting the coastal state.
Mr Messiah said many hotels would feel the pinch of the development as they were dependent on Thomas Cook for filling up their rooms.
“Many hotels were depending entirely on Thomas Cook and they had built up a very good rapport. Repeat clients were coming back to the same hotels. it was a very good business which we are going to miss,” he said.
Goa is already facing brunt of closure of mining industry in the state. The reports of the collapse of the 178-year-old travel company has come at a time when footfall of international tourists has dipped during the last two years. (UNI)