The Goa Department of Tourism has a new helipad service and tourism helpline in Goa today. This comes as a delightful addition to the tourism avenues for the state. The helipad has been set up in Dauje, Ella, and Old Goa in partnership with Soaring Aerospace Private Limited, Goa Tourism. The company has proposals for helicopter services to motivate tourism in Goa. A 10-minute helicopter joyride setting forth a panoramic aerial view for the tourists, costing Rs. 8,000 inclusive of GST per person, is available for famous sightseeing such as Old Goa churches, Divar island, Chorao island, Atal Setu, Panjim city, Miramar, Coco beach/Nerul bay, Fort Aguada, Sinquerim fort & beach, Calangute beach, Candolim beach, and Baga beach. The service will be available for five rides between 11:00 a.m. and noon and between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Not only this, but the customers can also avail themselves of the option to craft their very own customized Heli tours, to make the breathtaking experience even more personalized.
Equipped with a safe and fully air-conditioned helicopter, Agusta 119 VT-RNK, this offering is set to provide tourists with a one-of-a-kind travel experience in the state. The aircraft follows DGC and ATC guidelines committed to safety. Additionally, the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa, has launched a tourism helpline service. Tourists can dial the helpline number 1364 within the state of Goa. These services were launched in the presence of Dr. Pramod Sawant, the Chief Minister, and Tourism Minister Mr. Rohan Khaunte.
Customers can commission the helicopter to enjoy exclusive airport transfers to and from Mopa to Dabolim Airport as well. They can also be transferred to or from North or South Goa hotels and resorts whenever landing facilities are available. Also, exclusive city helicopter transfers will be available, viz., Mumbai, Kolhapur, Belgaum, Hubli, etc. The company has an ambitious plan to connect to the Hampi World Heritage Site.
Helpline, 1364, will function as a source of information about various tourism-related services in Goa, offering information on hotels, beaches, adventure sports, transport, complaints, feedback and much more. Tourists can also use the helpline in cases of distress. The helpline will be available in English, Hindi, and Marathi and will offer 24-hour service. When a tourist registers a complaint with the helpline, the operators will inform the concerned authorities, including the police (100), medical emergency services (108), fire services (101), etc.
These services are being introduced to meet tourists’ interests and will help amplify tourism in Goa, as well as make sure the tourists also get a safe yet joyous experience during their stay in Goa. To develop and strengthen the current infrastructure and give visitors a variety of ways to explore Goa, careful thought and simplifications are needed.