Although the folks within the journey and tourism sector in India don’t consider that the Russia- Ukraine disaster will blow up and escalate right into a full-fledged battle, there are nonetheless considerations within the sector, particularly in locations like Goa, Keralaand so on., whose tourism revival is carefully linked to these markets.
Especially in Goa, the leisure capital of India, which simply began receiving chartered flights from Russia and different CIS nations, particularly Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and so on., the present developments within the area are an enormous fear. “It’s a big concern for Goan tourism. If the region goes into a war, it is definitely going to impact the flow of tourists from not just Russia and Ukraine, but entire Eastern Europe into Goa,” says Ralph DeSouza, President of Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) and a hotelier himself.
The hoteliers in Goa have invested some huge cash in renovating and refurbishing their properties to welcome international friends after the Covid-19 pandemic. The Russia-Ukraine disaster is a serious concern for the trade in Goa, De Souza says. A significant chunk of the international friends to Goa is from Russia, the CIS, and the Eastern European nations. “In case NATO, EU, UK, etc., get into the conflict, there is no hope left for the industry,” he says.
Goa will get charters from not less than a dozen stations in Eastern Europe and the Russia, CIS area. “We get charters from at least four to five stations in Russia alone, including Siberia,” De Souza states, The disaster can be a reason for concern for the backwater capital of India, Kerala. Although Kerala doesn’t get Russian charters, they do get a whole lot of Russian friends from the CIS marketplace for Ayurveda and wellness packages.
“There are Ukrainian and Russian guests in Kerala now for Ayurvedic packages,” confirms James Kodianthara, MD, Concord Exotic Voyages. He does not see the prospects of the disaster escalating and going into a protracted drawn battle. “So far there was no impact,” he stated.
However, Baby Mathew, MD, Somatheeram Ayurvedic group, and Vice Chairman of Kerala Travel Mart Society (KTM) is apprehensive as Kerala Travel Mart, the most important journey B2B present to advertise God’s Own Country model is scheduled for May first week. “We have so many buyers registered and confirmed for the show from Russia and Ukraine,” he says. Almost 20 per cent of the overall wellness tourism friends that Kerala receives are from Russia and the CIS nations like Ukraine, he says. “There has been a gentle circulation of friends from Russia and Ukraine to Kerala in recent times. We are actually involved concerning the disaster,” he stated.