The Voice Of Chandigarh News: Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India is considering a separate set of classification guidelines for Motels in India to promote highway hospitality infrastructure across the country. The Ministry had preliminary round of discussions with tourism and hospitality industry stakeholders on the subject here recently.
Confirming the same, a top official of the Ministry said that the idea is to create separate set of classification guidelines treating Motels as a separate category within the Hotel Classification framework. ‘Highway infrastructure is quite poor currently, therefore intention is to improve it, so that enough rest rooms, cafes, toilet facilities, come up on highways,’ he said.
Once the guidelines are framed, the government will also consider incentives like tax concessions, etc. for investors.
According to industry sources, the proposal is to set a limit of 50 mtrs distance from the highway to get classified as motels. It is still unclear whether existing unlicensed hotels in the urban centres and suburbs close to highways will be eligible to get classification under the proposed Motel guidelines.