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Success of Xmas dances give boost to organisers of new year parties

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Terror threat notwithstanding, Goans put on their dancing shoes and danced Christmas away. Now the revelers are determined to party on New Year eve too. Organizers of various dances across the state too, seem confident of attracting huge crowds.

Most of the Christmas dances went on as usual and there was the same enthusiasm. “At the Emerald Lawns dance in Parra, the crowd was as big as it was last year and they danced till 4.30 am,” said a reveler Mishel. “As everybody thought that the dance would end by midnight, people arrived early. However, the dance went on till 4.30 am and the venue was packed throughout,” she said. Another party that took place at an open air venue next door also went on till late and was crowded, she added.

New Year Dance in Goa

Caitan Noronha, committee member of Club Harmonia in Margao, said that the enthusiasm among the Salcete revellers was as good as it was last season. He said that all the dances organised on Christmas eve were bursting at their seams and people were not allowed to enter as the venues could not accomodate the crowd. “In Salcete most dances were packed. The dance at Kesarval gardens was over crowded and as a result, people were not allowed to enter,” Noronha said.

The traditional Christmas dance at Betalbatim, Salcete Clubs’s dance at Blasco Executive centre, were also full. “With this kind of response, it is clear that New Year eve dances and other programmes will also recieve an enthusiastic response, as in the past. No one is going to waste their New Year’s ever by just sitting at home only for the sake of security,” organisers of dances said.

In Panaji, the traditional dance at Clube Nacional will be celebrated with extra enthusiasm. “We have made all the preparations and there is the same enthusiasm and enquiries about the dance,” said club president Tony Dias.

“People wait for our dance every year. Infact, there was also pressure from the public to accomodate more people,” he said and added that during the last week of December, there are numerous opportunities for revellers to make merry and security restrictions should not compel them to sit at home. “We will have our own security with double barricading, a metal detect frame, apart from police presence. Though we know most of our guests, we will still check everybody and bags will not be allowed,” Dias added. In Goa, nobody wants to sit at home. People will have a good time, despite security restrictions, he said.

It seems like despite warnings of terror attacks, party animals from around the country are queuing up to fly to Goa. Die-hard partygoers feel that tourists can have Goa on a budget after foreigners turn out to be scarce in the wake of travel advisories issued by France, US, UK, Australia and other countries cautioningtravellers headed to India.

Revellers say that small hotels and beach shacks have reduced rates and Indian tourists are waiting to lap it all up.

With the heavy infux of foreign tourists that flock to Goa during this season, Indians find Goa unaffordable during the New Year. It’s different this year around. According to the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), inland tourists are more than compensating for the lack of foreign tourists.

Sources said that collector’s offices have started clearing applications for various programmes to be organised on New Year’s eve from Friday.

Chief minister Digambar Kamat said that except for beach parties, all other parties will be allowed. “I have instructed collectors not to stop any party other than beach parties,” he said. For sound and other reasons, permission from the collector is compulsory.

Courtesy: timesofindia

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