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A week after tourism opened Goa hotels

A week after the state opened its doors for tourism and hotels were permitted to restart operations, the sector has seen just 5-10% occupancy. Some hotels that are functioning are yet to receive a single guest, and many that aren’t are choosing to wait and watch.

“Since last week, some hotels have received bookings, but not more than 10%,” said TTAG president Nilesh Shah. “We expect a rise by 30-40% in August, as long as the  COVID situation doesn’t worsen.”

He also said that the sharp spike in cases over the past few weeks doesn’t really show the state as a safe travel option. Over 250 hotels have been permitted to operate, but only some have actually resumed.

Hotelier Ralph de Sousa said that he hasn’t received any bookings yet, but a lot of inquiries for probable events in November and December. He said that even if hotels want to open, they would have to wait due to staffing problems. “There is still no clarity in Goa yet,” he said. “Hotels in neighbouring states have been asked to operate at one-third of their total capacity. If we are to do the same here, it is not a viable option, since hotels have suffered big losses since March due to closures.”