Tourism business in Goa affected as staffs cannot return

Published on : Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Non-Goan staffs of beach shacks, water sports and other tourism-related businesses like restaurants and guest-houses are having problems to reach Goa, said tourism stakeholders.

“It’s a big problem,” said hotelier and Calangute panchayat member Shawn Martins. “Those staying in small towns and villages and are not able to get buses to reach the nearest railway station because the bus service has not started. There are also no trains in some parts,” he said.

John Lobo, the general secretary of the Shack Owners Welfare Society (SOWS) said, “All the trains are fully booked till mid-November. There is only one train a day coming from states like Odisha, Bihar and the eastern states and they’re all running full. Those from Himachal Pradesh are unable to move because there are no buses to Delhi, from where they can get a train to Goa.”

Amid uncertainty regarding how the new tourism season will turn out, Lobo said that most stakeholders have decided to call back only a few of their regular staff.

“There is no point calling back all my regular staff as there may be hardly any boat trips permitted,” said a water sports operator.


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