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http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/economy/article1682108.ece

9 April 2011

Vijayawada: Union Tourism Minister Mr Subodh Kant Sahay on Saturday asked all the states to implement the single window licensing policy for the hotel industry as part of the tourism promotion initiatives.

He was speaking on the occasion of Vijayawada Hotels Association Golden Jubilee celebrations here.

Mr Sahay said that every hotel at the time of its construction needs at least 80 approvals which ultimately affect tourism industry. He also advised the states to allocate lands in prime localities at affordable prices to the hotel industry as part of tourism promotional steps.

“India needs at least more than five lakh rooms to acquire one percent of world tourism business. At present we have only 1.25 lakh rooms and these are not at all sufficient to meet the growing demand from foreign tourists,” the minister said.

Mr Sahay also said that convention centres and exhibition halls should be developed in II—tier cities to promote tourism.

He said that if the state government of AP can allocate land in both Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, the Centre will definitely provide financial assistance for construction of international convention centres.

He promised to promote Kondapalli fort near Vijayawada as an integrated tourist centre by allocating Rs 25 crore besides the Buddist circuit in Andhra Pradesh to attract East and South-East tourists.