Tourism Min to Rate Mo­tels, Legacy Vin­tage Prop­er­ties

The Economic Times - - Brands: Creating Desire - Anu­meha.Chaturvedi @times­group.com

New Delhi: The tourism min­istry will soon be rat­ing mo­tels and legacy vin­tage prop­er­ties along the lines of four and five-star ho­tels, a move that will of­fer bet­ter mar­ket­ing and fund­ing sup­port to these prop­er­ties while pro­mot­ing tourism in In­dia.

The min­istry al­ready rates three, four and five-star ho­tels based on its clas­si­fi­ca­tion frame­work.

“We can­not leave these cat­e­gories un­recog­nised,” said Su­man Billa, joint sec­re­tary at the tourism min­istry. “We have come up with a new set of guide­lines for legacy vin­tage prop­er­ties and mo­tels.” Legacy vin­tage means re­assem­bled her­itage prop­er­ties.

“There are quite a few old build­ings and dis­man­tled havelis in Ker­ala and Ra­jasthan, which fall un­der this cat­e­gory,” he said. “For mo­tels, there has been a de­mand that needs to be loo- ked at from a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion­ing than ho­tels be­cause their pur­pose is dif­fer­ent. We hope this will pro­vide these cat­e­gories bet­ter mar­ket­ing and fund­ing sup­port.”

The clas­si­fi­ca­tion for ho­tels and restau­rants is vol­un­tary. Cur­rently, the Ho­tel & Restau­rant Ap­proval & Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Com­mit­tee in­spects and as­sesses ho­tels based on the fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices they of­fer. Cat­e­gories for clas­si­fi­ca­tion in­clude star cat­e­gory ho­tels like five-star deluxe, five-star with and with­out al­co­hol ser­vice, four-star with and with­out al­co­hol ser­vice, three-star, two-star and one-star. Her­itage cat­e­gory ho­tels are cur­rently clas­si­fied as her­itage grand, her­itage clas­sic with or with­out al­co­hol ser­vice, and her­itage ba­sic.

Ho­tel and Restau­rant As­so­ci­a­tion of West­ern In­dia said un­der the new norms, ho­tel prop­er­ties will be clas­si­fied, rated or graded un­der six cat­e­gories — bud­get, clas­sic, pre­mium, lux­ury, deluxe lux­ury and primo lux­ury.

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