Hanv Saiba Polthodi (Goa) Voitha! Many Mangaloreans Head to Goa for Usher NY 2022
Mangaluru: With the restrictions imposed by the state government of Karnataka on New Year’s celebrations, Mangaloreans decided to celebrate in houses, resorts or villas in the coastal city, while many of them have decided to celebrate in Goa. Restrictions like the nighttime curfew imposed by our state government are nothing but joke and nonsense, like the Covid virus that only appears late at night and in the wee hours – what stupid idea from our smart politicians? With no New Years parties in this coastal town, my friends and I will be packing our bags this afternoon and heading to the Calangute Beach area of Goa by Scorpio SUV – and we can’t wait to kick off the New Years. Year 2022 with a bang on the beautiful seaside of Calangute.
The cheerful exuberance of the people of Goa who love to have fun and music reaches its climax in the New Year celebrations. Who can miss the different kinds of celebrations tonight like singing, dancing, drinking, feasting and various other types of celebrations. Most of Goa’s main streets come alive with graceful dancing, strumming guitars and many more. The town’s New Year’s revelers, unwilling to be limited by the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew that limits their late nights in pubs and resto-bars here, fly to Goa, and the The Mangalorean team interacted with a few who have planned their outing to Goa for the New Years celebrations.
Those who used to party late at night on New Years Eve will not be staying at home. One option is to travel to Goa. Stany Pinto and a group of friends have booked a beach villa to welcome the New Year. “The restrictions were expected so we had planned in advance and booked a beach villa. Much better than going to the water points here in Mangaluru, which have occupancy restrictions and must close the place before 10pm. As it will be a private party, we no longer have to worry about the restrictions, ”said Stany, a businessman. Like Stany, many have decided to welcome the New Year in beach villas, resorts or houses.
Another party animal in town, Gaurav, an IT worker, said: “It was a ritual to go to a waterhole, party until midnight and come home on New Year’s Eve. An. However, after the Covid outbreak, this was not possible due to the restrictions. We decided to party in our house, inviting friends and family. The best thing about partying in your house is that there is no risk of drunk driving ”. Professional Anita D’souza is planning a trip to Goa. “I don’t want to spend New Years in Mangaluru as it is depressing to celebrate in a place that looks desolate at this time of year. Going to Goa seemed like the only option to ring New Years,” he said. she declared.
Many have scheduled day trips to these destinations by road instead of flights, due to various restrictions at the airport, including a negative RT-PCR test report, if one has traveled from certain states. and Union territories. There are many who want to party away from home and have decided to head to Goa. “Last New Year was in Goa, and this year too. We go to Goa more often due to the restrictions, ”said newly married couple Ashok and Reena.
Travel professionals have confirmed that people have started booking tickets to Goa for the New Year’s celebration. William D’souza, Globe Travels owner Mangaluru who is currently in Canada with his family there, speaking to the Mangalorean team by phone said, “My staff in our office have received calls to book hotel reservations and train tickets to Goa. , and they do their best to oblige them, due to the strong rush. Even hoteliers in Goa have increased their prices two to three times the regular room rate for December 31 and January 1. Due to government restrictions here, the preferred destinations for party-goers and vacationers are to travel to Goa by road. Some went to Jaipur and other cities which have no restrictions ”,
Ms Eulalia D’souza, owner of Lia Travels, Mangaluru, said: “While Covid has been a major setback in our lives, Omicron has added further misery to it. Although we have restrictions in our district, we have quite a considerable number of people booking for Goa. Last minute room availability is difficult and the price is high, people are willing to pay for it. These restrictions not only prevent people from celebrating the New Year, but also almost cause mental depression. With deep regret, I must say that these kinds of curfews and restrictions have killed our tourism industry. Our very existence is threatened in business. Sad situation ”.
People like her in the travel industry have seen a 30-40% increase in bookings for Goa and other tourist sites for New Years Eve, after the state’s curfew was announced. People take taxis to Goa because they don’t want to go through RT-PCR tests before or upon arriving at an airport here. They have booked rooms in resorts or homestays in Goa. Even if the administration were to impose a nighttime curfew, tourists plan to stay at the resort, which is better than staying at home or in a hotel in Kudla.
Food and beverage professionals are unhappy with this decision. “It’s not just about the 50% occupancy guideline, the 10pm deadline will have a huge impact on the business. Customers don’t start coming to hotels until after 9 p.m., ”one hotel owner criticized, adding that the industry has suffered enough losses due to the blockages. Many hoteliers have openly criticized the government for selective enforcement and that too without consultation. The late call to curb year-end activities is the biggest drag, a city bar and restaurant said. “From ordering cakes to arranging tables, DJing and food, we were ready for business. It’s going to hurt us a lot, ”said a food and beverage manager at a Star hotel in town.