Lockdown turns out to be a heavy burden on Goa’s Tourism Sector

According to a survey, there was a steep fall in incomes and rising in depths and a Negative Outlook for the upcoming 6 months. The Goa Tourism sector could need a boost aliased as being one of the main tourist destinations of India. The business is related to tourism came to a close for 0 to 6 months from April to September of the Year 2020. Even after reopening the business the turnover for the month of October November was only 20% of normal on an average, particularly in the Goa Tourism sector.

Tourism is an important aspect of the economy of Goa that is considered to be the richest state in India with regards to per capita income. The livelihood and employment of many people of Goa are mostly dependent on tourism. The respondent’s income came down to a mayor 10% of the usual earnings at the time of lock down.

70% of the workers who were a part of this predominantly unorganized tourism sector had their income come down to an absolute zero, due to lockdown. The Resultant has led to more than 40% of families directly or indirectly linked with the tourism sector have been heavily indebted. According to the respondents, their income for the next six months is not likely to exceed 50% over what they used to earn earlier.

To get a clear understanding of the impact created by the covid-19 which led to a lockdown especially for the tourism sector a small survey conducted 102 sample sizes in Goa in the month of November. the respondents constituted of a diverse occupational background but yet had a direct or indirect connection with the tourism industry. For instance , there was an interaction among so many professionals like the hotel owner,. Tourist shop owner, water sports owner, Bar cum restaurant owner, a Mario gallery sales executive, tattoo artist, and many more.

The sample respondents’ were from different tourist spots stretching from Salcete, Mormugao, Tiswadi, Ponda to Sattari Talukas in Goa. Among these, there were 22 Muslims, 19 Christians, one Jain, and 60 Hindu respondents. In addition to this, there were 74 respondents from unreserved caste, six are from schedule caste 13 from another backward caste, and 9 from scheduled tribe backgrounds. In terms of gender, there were 81 Male respondents and 21 female respondents age between 20 and 65 years.

12 where are uneducated 26 school dropouts and only 19 were 10th pass, 15 who passed class 12,25 graduates and 5 respondents who hold a master’s degree among the people who participated in the sample survey. Among such respondents, 13 were unable to restart the business after the lockdown cause due to covid, but surprisingly there was a report from 51 respondents that they could manage to re-open the business within a month. There were 16 other respondents who gave a report that they could restart their business after August.

What is the situation of business?
They only 20 respondents said that could restart their business post-June after the lockdown. Out of the 102 respondents, only two could say that their business was closed for a month. By looking at the sample, there has been a contraction of 80 percent in the November month in Goa’s Tourism sector in comparison to the same tourist season the previous year.

The contraction could be way more in the previous months since the lockdown came on to the fore. There was a report from respondents that the foreign tourist’s arrival to one of the most alluring destinations came down to an absolute zero. The respondents on average are expecting that tourist arrival would boost the morale of the business in the next 6 months, but will remain lower than 50 percent in comparison to last year.