Covid-19 resurgence kills Goa tourism’s hope of strong end to season

Covid-19’s resurgence has killed Goa tourism industry’s hopes of a strong end to the season, forcing establishments to shut shop early, stakeholders said. The sector saw robust revival between November and January but is now hit by cancellations and fall in bookings as infections rise, especially in states feeding Goa tourism, such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Delhi.

“The sector is witnessing a steep slowdown and we expect that to continue for at least another two months. One of the first victims of the rising number (of infections) is going to be optional travel with people either postponing travel themselves or being advised against travelling,” Nilesh Shah, the president of the Travel and Tourism Association of…

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