GOA: The hospitality industry is witnessing a rise in hotel bookings, albeit minimal, since the state government lifted entry restrictions last week. “The hotel bookings have gone up from 4-5% to 15 %. It will gradually improve in the days to come,” hospitality trade body Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) president Nilesh Shah said. “Don’t expect a windfall, every month we will see a rise in the footfalls, but it will be slow. But once a Covid vaccine comes in the market, we may see stabilised occupancy of 70% to 80 % in February-March,” he said.
Former TTAG president Ralf D’Souza said Goa will need to be promoted in the international market in a focussed manner and Goa Promotion Board — proposed in the tourism masterplan, which is yet to be approved by the government — will have to do it. “We have to recapture lost markets,” he said
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