Beach at the Leela Hotel, Goa.
A friend of mine recently returned from Goa. He owns apartments there so he regularly visits the state. I caught up with him the other night, and he had quite a few disheartening things to say about tourism (or lack of it) in Goa the moment.
It seems that Goa is really suffering. Although the tourist season has begun, there is hardly anyone around. Goa is very quiet. Sadly, the impact on businesses has been significant. My friend said he's had to slash the rates on his apartments. Loungefly is closed, as its investors have pulled out. Butter, one of the largest clubs in Goa, is empty most nights. Goa's casinos have suffered a drop in patronage as well.
The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) also recently ordered the demolition of Cafe Mambo and Club Tito's, two of the most well known nightspots in Goa. Apparently, the structures are located in a no development zone. The two establishments might not be forced to close though, as they can appeal the decision. Nevertheless, the situation isn't positive.
Tourism in Goa has dropped significantly as a result of negative publicity and the global financial crisis. If you're after a bargain vacation in Goa, now is the time to enjoy it! (Of course, expect to pay inflated rates around Christmas and the New Year though). Goa really needs the business.
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