Shacks wind up business ahead of season

PTI, PANAJI | 28 April 2012 00:47 IST

Goa's famous beach shacks are getting dismantled one by one from the shores as the season is drawing to a close.

Although, the shack-owners are required to dismantle the structures by June 7, many of them have already started packing up given the fewer footfalls seen over the last few days.

The tourist traffic at popular beaches like Colva, Calangute, Baga and Anjuna, has already gone down with the onset of summer which makes it very hot here.

State Tourism Director Swapnil Naik said that there are 500-odd shacks who have been given licences by the tourism department.

He said that the shacks must start dismantling their temporary structure put up along the beaches by May 31 and the areas should be cleared by June 7.

But shack-owners have already started winding up as the high spending foreign tourists who generally frequent these shacks are no more seen as the season is drawing to a close.

Domestic tourists though still keep coming, do not really fancy these shacks as they are quite expensive.

The records available from Goa airport indicated that the last chartered flight will leave on May 16.

The flight run by Transaero Airlines will fly out 250 passengers to Moscow.

Naik said that there are few initiatives being designed to ensure that tourists visit Goa even during the rains.

Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, an umbrella organisation of travel and tour operators, is optimistic about tourist arrivals even during monsoons as state government has offered 50 per cent concession in luxury tax between May 1 and September 30.

TTAG spokesman Ralf D’Souza said that this concession will help them design attractive packages.

The hotel occupancy during the lean season was 65-70 per cent last year but the tourism industry feels it would go up by 10 per cent this time.

Goa attracted an estimated 26 lakh tourists during the season, including 4.3 lakh foreigners. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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