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Tourism industry in Goa says poll code is pinching it

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The tourism industry in is complaining that restrictions imposed by the Election Commission of India have hit the business.

Ahead of April 23 Lok Sabha polls and Assembly by-elections in the coastal state, sale of liquor has been banned post 10 pm, and there are restrictions on the use of music at open-air premises under the Model Code of Conduct.

Savio Messiah, of the

Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, apex body of tourism industry in the state, said hotel owners are facing booking cancellations due to these restrictions.

The TTAG had taken up the issue with the state's Chief Electoral Officer in the past but there was no response, he said.

Ruling coalition partner Forward Party has written to the ECI in this regard. GFP chief and deputy said in the letter that tourism industry was "apolitical", and the mainstay of the state's economy, so some relaxations be granted to the establishments which have the licence to operate beyond 11 pm.

Sardesai also demanded that religious activities be exempted from poll restrictions.

Cruz Cardoso, president, Shack Owners' Welfare Society, said people who preferred to sit in beach shacks now sit indoors, and some shacks are winding up operations though the tourist season is not over.

The ban on liquor sale affects foreign tourists, he said.

When contacted, admitted that poll restrictions were affecting the industry. "I will take up the issue with today," he said.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 17:35 IST