Goa, which is expected to attract around 7.5 million visitors this year, will be boosting its tourism with sea planes, helicopters and amphibious vehicles. Parulekar said that sea planes will land in the Mandovi and Chapora rivers during the first phase and the tourists will be directly flown from the airport to the heart of the coastal state. The trial run for sea planes was successfully held on May 23 last year.
The state tourism department will also launch private helicopter services connecting Dabolim airport to various helipads from January 15, 2016 onwards. The tourism department is also ready with four amphibious buses which would be launched in the state after proper approval is obtained from the Union shipping ministry. Goa tourism ministry held discussions with shipping minister Nitin Gadkari during his recent Goa visit. These amphibious buses will be launched once the approvals are received.