BHOPAL: Demonetisation is all set to cast a shadow on New Year celebrations in city hotels this year.
Most of them haven’t even planned their New Year bashes. They include Ashok Lake View, Noor-Us-Sabah and Palash Residency.
Talking to Free Press Journal, Murugan Thevar, general manager of Jehanuma Retreat says, “No doubt, demonetisation will hit the celebrations this year. Generally, we start bookings for the party a month in advance but the response this time is poor. The bookings by foreign visitors are down by at least 15 per cent”. He said that mostly guests staying with them mainly join the celebrations which will include a gala dinner with unlimited food and drinks and a musical night. The entry charge will be Rs 3000 per person.
“Definitely, demonetisation has hit us. The bookings have started and entry charge is Rs 7,000 per couple which includes unlimited food and beverages. This year we have called a lady DJ from Hyderabad, which is a major attraction,” said Kallon Mukherjee , Food and Beverage Manager, Sayaji Hotel.
Anmol Kaur, Assistant manager, marketing communication, Hotel Courtyard by Marriott, however did not think demonetisation will hit the New Year Day business. “It may be affected a little bit ,” she said, adding that “We have started bookings. We have three offers. MoMo Café is offering unlimited food and liquor with DJ music. Lotus Ballroom is organising the party of the year with unlimited food, liquor and dance with an early bird discount for the passes which are priced at Rs 8000 per couple. And Bay leaf is offering a space for private party (100-150 guests) with unlimited food, liquor and DJ.”
“We are yet to plan anything,” says Ajay Sharma, general manager of Palash Residency.
Amandeep Singh, front office manager of Noor-Us-Sabah says, “We haven’t drawn any concrete plans to date.” “Abhi kuchh final nahi hua hai”, said Rajesh Chhukani, marketing executive of Hotel Lake View Ashoka.