Indians flock to Goa in Monsoon

Added On August 13, 2017

Summer for much of India means three things: rain, rain, and more rain.
But more and more tourists are ignoring the monsoon season and are choosing to head to tourist resorts such as Goa.  
We went to investigate.
STANDUP (English): ASHWANI UPADHYAY, CNC Correspondent
"It is a well known fact that tourism season in Goa begins in later part of the year in October and runs through the month of March. But in recent times, there is another season which is picking up very fast, it is the monsoon season. In fact recently this year, Goa has been awarded the best monsoon destination in India. So you do come and enjoy!"
Goa is India's smallest state, but had the highest GDP, mainly due to its thriving tourist industry.
Here, tourists can throw themselves into river-rafting, kayaking, paragliding and other thrills. 
More are also coming during the monsoon season, encouraged by tour operators, discounts, and government marketing campaigns.
SOUNDBITE1 (English): LAXMIKANT PARSEKAR, Former Chief Minister of Goa
"If you go 15 years back, Goa's tourism season was limited to three or four months. Gradually over a period of time...earlier the rainy season was dropped by tourists, now rainy season is also a special tourist season. (((((从这里开始删除DELETE(((((( also heavy sun in the month of March, April or May, tourists specifically come here for sea-bath. I think various steps initiated by the government from time to time including BRICS...BRICS was definitely a great step (in this regard) I would say.))))))"
March to September used to be considered as an off-season for visiting in Goa, but this is gradually dropping away.
SOUNDBITE (English): SAKSHI, Tourist
For me, if it is enjoyment over here, then it is an on-season. 
SOUNDBITE (Hindi): HARSH, Tourist
"We have come here for the first time, so we are enjoying a lot. I don't think that it's an off-season as the weather is the prettiest and we are enjoying more during this season than any other time of the year." 
The number of tourists visiting during the rainy season has increased every year, for eight years, with the industry picking up 27 percent this year alone.