GOA: More than twenty-five days after the Goa government permitted hotels to start operations, most hotels have decided to postpone re-opening till October-November this year. A majority of hoteliers said that it doesn’t make “business sense” to operate with minimal occupancy, and so have decided to wait till September to take a call.
This stance has also been adopted by hotels that were granted permissions by the tourism department earlier this month on the condition that they will abide by the new standard operating procedures (SOPs) in view of the pandemic.
Vinay Albuquerque, director of Alcon Resort holdings pvt ltd that operates a couple of starred hotels in south and north Goa, said though they have got permission to operate, they have decided to wait till mid-October. “People have lost jobs. Besides, people are scared of flying. Holiday is last on their mind during the pandemic,” said Albuquerque.
The spike in covid cases in Goa this month, an average of 150-200 cases a day, has also dampened spirits of those who had initially shown willingness to start operations.
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