Kerala to ban almost all bars by April 2015

Watering holes in the Indian state to close by April

All watering holes in the Indian state of Kerala will be shut down by 1 April 2015, with only bars in five-star hotels allowed to continue, announced the government of the state that has the highest national per-capita consumption of alcohol.

Kerala’s government has ruled that the 418 bars that failed to upgrade to at least local two-star standards will not receive renewed alcohol licences, and Kerala’s 318 existing bars will not be able to obtain new licences after March 31. It is exploring the possibility of terminating such licences at an earlier date.

However, 23 five-star hotels will be allowed to continue running their bars.

Nothing has been said yet about the fate of 111 bars selling only beer and wine, but industry sources believe they will be shut eventually.

Beverage Corporation’s 334 retail outlets selling alcoholic beverages will be closed in phases of 10% each year, for a total prohibition on liquor sales by 2024.

Kerala already has “dry” days on the first of every month when alcohol sales are prohibited, which it will extend to include Sundays, bringing the total number of liquor holidays to 52 days annually.

“The absence of bars will bring down occupancy rates in four- and three-star hotels as well as negatively affect hotels’ revenue yield with profits from F&B very significantly reduced,” said Riaz Ahmed, chairman of Abad Hotels and Resorts.

TTG India

[photo courtesy Kerala Tourism]


Check Also

Laudamotion, Niki, buy, Lauda, flights, Germany, leisure, airline, Ryanair, deal, O'Leary, reason

Why is Ryanair taking over the ‘new Niki’?

Ryanair looks to increase its presence in Germany and Austria as it puts forward a plan to buy 75% of Laudamotion.

Antonov, An-148, crash, grounding, Moscow, accident, loss, cockpit, recording, captain, countries, safety

Russia grounds AN-148s, crash audio released

The grounding comes just over a month after the crash of Saratov Airlines Flight 703 near Moscow.

China Eastern, orgy, hotel, scandal, cabin crew, flight attendants, denial, social media, Weibo, Shanghai, Madrid, Stockholm

Airline denies cabin crew orgy

China Eastern, soon to launch to Stockholm, makes an emphatic denial after a graphic sex tape emerges.

mould, Denmark, museums, culture, history, visitors, funding, rot, damp, rain, climate

Denmark’s past is rotting away in its museums

Poor storage facilities and a wetter climate mean that mould is destroying cultural heritage.

Virgin Atlantic, flights, seating, economy, three, light, delight, classic, luggage, low-cost, priority, legroom, transatlantic, USA

Virgin Atlantic splits economy into three

The changes are “the biggest change to our Economy cabin in over a decade”.

Avia, Toyota, app, service, technology, connected, fleet, cars, hire, rental, business, app

Avis boosts fleet of “connected vehicles”

The car hire giant will add 10,000 Toyota vehicles to its expanding connected fleet.