WORLD CUP HEARTBREAK CLEAN BOWLS SCREENINGS & PARTIES ON ‘FINAL’ SUNDAY
India’s exit in the semi-finals has caused much heartburn for fans but also for restaurants and sports bars that had to wait for a result over two days and now will have to contemplate a final which does not have Team India
The team that won all but one of its league games lost in the semi finals to a smarter opponent. In a match that was contested over two days, thanks to inclement weather, India’s World Cup adventure has come to an end. In tourism dependent Goa, the match was an opportunity for the hospitality industry to organise events and come up with special promotions. The two-day match however put several of them in a spot of bother. The match started in the afternoon, which meant a large percentage of customers could only come in after work i.e. later in the evening, missing out on an innings, so to speak. Now that India’s interest has come to an end, will these outlets contemplate having something special for the finals?
Anand Chatterjee, GM of Planet Hollywood, says that the response to the special deals was better on the first day, with a very good crowd. He admits that the response on the second day was poor. As for plans for the finals, he says that the scheme from earlier was still valid but no bookings have been confirmed as yet for the finals. The communication consultant of another multi-location hospitality brand reveals that they have no plans to have anything special for the finals. As the consultant puts it, “Now that India is out of the World Cup, even our national guests may not be keen on watching the game. Perhaps on Friday or Saturday, the senior management may decide to do something special but that looks unlikely.” A couple of five-star properties in the south say that there is nothing specific planned given that the season has already come to an end. Given that many of them have corporate events to handle, such schemes were not part of the total package. For others, whatever promotions are in place will hold good for the finals too but nothing special has been planned for that day. Jerome Coutinho of 3 Crownz Sports Bar n Karaoke says that business was very good on both the days, with a large number of domestic tourists watching the game with much interest. “However, when we started batting, the cheer went out of the bar. It was really disappointing but that’s life I suppose,” he adds. When asked about Sunday, he says he expects a decent crowd comprising a mixed crowd. Staff at Down the Road, Panjim say that the semi-finals attracted a decent crowd on both the days and they feel there would be a crowd on Sunday too. The results in matches may give us heartburn but sometimes it is the state of the business too that may cause grief.
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