Goa witnessing gradual change emerging as a favored spot for families

 Saturday, February 6, 2021 


Goa was once thought of as a hotspot for Russian tourists, wild parties and hippies. But the destination is now witnessing a gradual change emerging as a favored spot for families in the midst of the pandemic.

Ever since the ban on travel was lifted after lockdown, Goa has become the most popular destination among domestic travelers.

Hotels, of course, are not complaining. Not only is this helping them witness better occupancies but also has also increased revenue with families spending more time at hotels and on F&B. Room rates too are coming back to pre-pandemic standard. Every year about two lakh foreign tourists visit Goa on chartered flights. Although this chunk has been missing this year, hotels witness occupancies of 70 per cent during the November to January period.

“We are seeing huge family groups driving down to Goa. About 35 per cent of our guests are from Maharashtra and Bangalore now who are taking drivecations to the beach destination. So there are groups coming with kids, grandparents and house helps too,” said Ranju Singh, Complex General Manager of Novotel Goa Candolim and Novotel Goa Resort & Spa.

Witnessing the growing number of young guests, Novotel Candolim has added fun slides to kids’ swimming pool providing them with a mini water park experience. However, it is waiting for the government’s permission to operate.

Similarly, DoubleTree By Hilton in Panaji is offering activities for kids and families seeing a surge in bookings from family groups. Hyatt Hotels, which runs three properties in Goa- Hyatt Centric Goa, Grand Hyatt Goa and Alila Diwa Goa-, has witnessed a similar trend.

Goa is surely coming back as a year-round destination for family vacationers.

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