Goa’s beach shacks to open from September

Last year, shack owners had managed to get a 50 per cent waiver on the licence fee.
Goa’s beach shacks to open from September

Goa’s beach shacks, one of the highlights of the Goa tourism industry and a major attraction for tourists, is all set to open from September 1, 2021.

Beach shacks are temporary hut-type restaurants erected on the beachfront for the peak season between September and May. This year, however, there is uncertainty as to how many businesses will be involved as shacks owners are demanding a full waiver of license renewal fee from the government.

Last year, shack owners had managed to get a 50 per cent waiver on the licence fee. But it was not enough as Goa saw a low footfall of tourists due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cruz Cardozo, president of the Goa Shack Owners’ Welfare Society, an umbrella body of shack owners, said, “Last year, the shack owners have had the opportunity to work for only three to four months. As a result, most of the shacks are at a loss. Also. last year, some people preferred to keep their shacks closed as they were not tourists. That’s why we have requested the government to waive of license fee this year,”

Shack owners have to shell out between Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh license fee depending on the beach. Around 259 licences are given for North Goa beaches, and 108 licences for South Goa beaches. Calangute beach alone comprises 100 beach shacks.

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