To boost the tourism industry that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said took a beating over the Dec. 16 Delhi Rape Case, though he shockingly termed it a minor incident, other measures are underway.
Considering the long standing demand of Hotel industry, the Ministry of Tourism has taken a progressive step for classifying 4 Star, 5 Star hotels in non-Heritage sector and Classic category Hotels in Heritage sector without insisting on the presence of a bar that serves alcohol on the premises, said Minister of State for Tourism Shripad Naik.
Now hotels in the categories of 5 Star and 4 Star in non-Heritage sector and Classic category Hotels in Heritage sector can now be classified as “5 Star with alcohol service”, “5 Star without alcohol service”, “4 Star with alcohol service”, “4 Star without alcohol service”, “Classic Heritage with alcohol service” and “Classic Heritage without alcohol service”.
Currently, the Ministry of Tourism classifies various hotels on voluntary request in the categories of 1 Star, 2 Star, 3 Star, 4 Star, 5 Star and 5 Star Deluxe in non-Heritage sector and in the categories of Basic, Classic and Grand in the Heritage sector. The new guidelines state that alcohol service was essential for Hotels seeking classification under the categories of 4 Star, 5 Star, 5 Star Deluxe, Classic Heritage and Grand Heritage.
This decision is expected to provide flexibility to hotels to decide whether to provide alcohol service or not. However, to protect the customer’s interest, the Ministry of Tourism has made it compulsory for all the classified hotels to make their precise classification status shown on the opening page of the Hotel’s website and also declare such status clearly on their promotional and marketing material without any abbreviations.
This new provision of classification has come into effect immediately, said the minister in an announcement on Friday.