The flow of tourists, who started arriving since the eve of Christmas, will pick up during the last two days of the current calendar year, sources said. (Agencies)
On New Year's eve, the beaches will have all night parties even as local Catholic population will be welcoming the new year through the traditional midnight mass.
"More than three lakh tourists would be in Goa on the New Year eve in addition to the local population of 15 lakhs," a senior tourism department official said.
State Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said that the visitors for Goa would increase from 3.8 million last year to 4.2 million for the entire current tourist season.
Public relation activities and road shows held by the department in recent past are fetching good results on domestic and even international front, he said.
The state is currently hosting two EDM (Electronic, Dance and Music) festivals - Sunburn and Supersonic – which are also adding to the footfalls in the state, a senior tourism department official said.
Security has been stepped up considering the rush being witnessed in the state.
Director General of Police Kishen Kumar held a review meeting last week to issue do’s and don'ts for the tourism stakeholders.
The flow of tourists, who started arriving since the eve of Christmas, will pick up during the last two days of the current calendar year, sources said.