Restrictions  on sale/serving of alcohol beyond  11 pm: Tourism Dept discusses representation from hoteliers with CEO, relaxations expected soon

The Department  of Tourism, Govt  of Goa  has approached the ECI through the State Chief Electoral    Officer with  a representation from   hoteliers in Goa seeking relaxation on time curtails  for  bars,  sale /serving alcohol  beyond 11.oo p.m in the wake of  upcoming Lok Sabha polls scheduled on 23rd April 2019.

Concerned  over the impact of the  time  restrictions,  hoteliers in Goa  submitted  a representation to the Director, Department of Tourism  seeking  relief from the ECI on the same. The representation  stressed on the need for  a relaxation  in timings as  the tourism  season  is currently at its peak and  is expecting a further surge  for the weekend  festivities.

Earlier this week, Mr. Sanjiv Gadkar, Director, Department  of Tourism  along with delegation of hoteliers met CEO Goa where this issue causing difficulties to the hotel industry (bars/restaurants) were discussed and deliberated upon.

The Department  of Tourism has stated that  the office  of the CEO  in Goa  heard the issues raised by the Department  and has assured to take up the matter with the ECI   and  is  expecting a positive response  shortly.