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No application to hold EDM festival in Goa this year: Minister

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Tourism Ajgaonkar has said no organiser has approached the government to conduct the electronic, dance and music (EDM) festival in December this year in the coastal state.

Earlier, EDM festivals like 'Sunburn', 'Supersonic' and 'TimeOut 72' were quite popular among tourists around in the coastal belt of North district.

'TimeOut 72' was held in the state in December last year, but 'Sunburn' shifted its venue to Pune in the neighbouring state after 2015.

"We want the EDM festivals to happen in But since no one has applied, we can't do anything about it. Goa is

known for music and dance, and we want such festivals to happen during the tourist season," Ajgaonkar told PTI Friday.

Asked if the absence of such festivals will have an impact on the tourist footfalls, he said, "Nothing can be said about it. People come to Goa for its beauty but festivals also add to the attraction."

The (TTAG), an umbrella organisation of tour operators, feels the absence of EDM festivals will affect the tourist footfalls.

"The exact figures are not known, but a large number of tickets sold for such events held in previous years indicate that visitors enthusiastically participate in them," TTAG said.

Since 2007, the festival led to a huge increase in tourism-related activities in Goa, another TTAG member claimed.

"The attendance at the four-day festival at Vagator in in 2015was around 70,000. Even if we assume that around 15 per cent of the participants were local Goans, the rest 60,000 came from across and other countries," he said, on condition of anonymity.

He said as per a conservative estimate, these visitors spend an average Rs 15,000 per day on hotel stay, food, beverages, and shopping.

With this estimate, the average seven-day visit cost for those coming to attend a festival like would be a whopping Rs 630 crore, he claimed.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 11:16 IST