Hotel industry looks to finish season on a high


In a bid to make up for a bad start to the tourist season, hoteliers are keeping room tariffs under control to end the season on a high, with a deluge of tourists expected for the Carnival. The tourism industry is in an upbeat mood as the Carnival promises to rejuvenate the season after close to four months of disappointment and gloom. Already the North Goa coastal belt Goa has reported 80 percent bookings for the carnival weekend (February 9 to 10), while many reputed hotels have closed inventories for the entire carnival period from February 9 to 12.
Hoteliers are keeping their fingers crossed over the last minute rush for Carnival, hoping that their rooms will be booked to capacity by Friday. “Any adverse publicity would create a problem for the hotel industry and carnival is the only big event before the season closes where one can make up for the bad start in September and the bad spell in December,” said a North Goa hotelier with a 25 room resort at Calangute. The scenario is similar in South Goa, with hotel inventories filling up every passing hour.[H]