patna: Hospitality industry tries to cope with state alcohol ban | Patna News

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Patna: Bihar’s hospitality industry, the worst affected since the implementation of the ban law on April 5, 2016, has come up with innovative ideas to attract customers, including candle-lit dinners, menu upgrades , the organization of parties, the call of artists, the makeover of the decor. in dining rooms, themed weddings and more.
A Nair, managing director of a hotel in Beerchand Patel Marg, said the business was still affected due to the ban, but the hospitality industry was now used to it.
“We are still dealing with losses. Companies, which used to organize conferences and business meetings in Patna, organize such events in Ranchi, Kolkata and Varanasi. So the revenue that we were supposed to get went to neighboring states. However, there was not much effect on organizing wedding events as people were making reservations. Wedding season always drives business,” he said.
BD Singh, general manager of a hotel near Gandhi Maidan, said he suffered losses from prohibition before, but people are now holding seminars and conferences as they used to. “People now accept this law. When it comes to weddings, our hotel is still the number one wedding destination for many. Over time, we have also improved to be people’s first choice,” he said.
Anand Jha, the general manager of a restaurant near Biscomaun, however, believes the state government’s ban decision was wrong as they lost the business’ customers.
“We still bear the losses. The lounge we had opened in our restaurant is still closed as no new business has come to fruition. Now we only have the restaurant, which is well attended on weekends, but it usually remains empty on other days,” he said.
Several bars that previously offered alcohol have turned into cafes and restaurants. Following the ban, a number of smaller hotels and salons lost their clientele and suffered significant financial losses.
Ravi Ranjan, who opened a salon in the Boring Canal Road area just before the ban, said he had to close it and later opened a hair salon in the same location.
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