August 8, 2020

Goa hoteliers fume as govt drags feet over applications to resume business – Hindustan Times

Hoteliers in Goa are annoyed with the state government for not allowing businesses to restart almost a fortnight after the Central government’s green light to resume operations under the Unlock 1 guidelines.

The Travel Tourism Association of Goa has pointed out that despite applying for permission as sought by the state government, none have been permitted to resume business.

“The 8th of June has been the date on which all the hotels restaurants were required to open. Many hotels situated in bigger cities in India have already started to operate for business. It is almost 13 days the industry is waiting for an OK from the Government to start operating all these units,” Nilesh Shah, the president of the Travel Tourism Association of Goa, said.

The Goa Tourism Department had called for hoteliers to submit applications to reopen as well as an undertaking that they will follow all the guidelines stard operating procedures as mated by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. Hoteliers had started submitting applications from June 8.

Earlier, Director of Tourism Menino D’Souza had said that the Department would then inspect each hotel to ensure compliances before allowing them to restart.

“All hotels which are willing to comply with the guidelines, have to apply to the department. We will verify whether they are in a position to comply with the guidelines,” D’Souza had said.

The TTAG has however, claimed that despite more than 200 hotels applying to reopen, none have been given
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