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Lack of synergy among agencies irks guest house owners in Delhi


http://www.hospitalitybizindia.com/detailNews.aspx?aid=7428&sid=6

11 February 2010


P Krishna Kumar, New Delhi:

Guest house owners in Delhi are displeased with Ministry of Tourism (MoT) officials. The guest house owners have alleged that there is lack of coordination among various agencies, including Central, State and Municipal Corporation concerned on various matters related to guest houses in Delhi. Besides, the guest house owners are against the ministry officials on matters including setting up of dining hall to service the in-house guests, which they say had been agreed upon ‘in writing’ by Sheila Dixit, Chief Minister, Delhi.

Sandeep Khandelwal, President, Delhi Hotel & Restaurant Owners Association said, “We have a record of the meeting with the Chief Minister. She had given the necessary directive to the concerned officials as well in this regard. Still, these officials are creating unnecessary issues. This is unfair and we have strong objections.”

Apart from that the Delhi government in a recent notification classified the guest houses in the city under three categories, i.e., Silver, Gold, and Platinum. MoT had asked the state government not to pursue with the classification as categories announced are the same as the Bed & Breakfast Establishment classification of MoT.

In a latest development related with the Classification Committee, MoT had agreed to include a representative of the guest house owners in the committee by dropping the FHRAI representative from it. The guest house owners had raised the objection to the presence of FHRAI representative in the Classification Committee, saying that guest houses in Delhi are not recognised by FHRAI.