Helicopter rides to start in state from Feb 1

PANAJI: In yet another attempt to give a fillip to tourism, the state will launch ‘Heli-Tourism’ in partnership with Pawan Hans Ltd from February 1.

Announcing this on the occasion of pre-launch familiarisation flight held on Tuesday, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that the move will certainly bolster the image of the tourism industry and bring in the much-required world-class touch to the sector.

Parsekar said, “This is part of our efforts to promote tourism in the state. Goa will be one of the few states in the country to operate such a service for tourists thereby promoting high-end adventure tourism.”

Giving details about the project, managing director of Pawan Hans B P Sharma told ‘The Navhind Times’ that two helicopters would be pressed into service initially, covering popular temples, historical fort, waterfall all within a radius of 15-20 kilometres, followed by a 10-15 minute aerial view of Goa. “We are optimistic that this new initiative will be well received and see tremendous demand in the days to come,” he said.

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