Tourism Ministry extends validity of certification of hotels, tour operators to June 30
The Union Tourism Ministry has extended the validity of certification of hotels and the travel agents, tour operators, adventure tour operators, domestic tour operators and tourist transport operators till June 30.
According to a note issued to this effect on Tuesday, the ministry said, “The decision was taken considering the current situation when the hospitality industry is going through a very difficult time in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown that has severely impacted the accommodation sector. Validity of approval or certifications of hotels and other accommodation units whose project approvals and classification have expired are deemed to be extended till June 30.”
As of now, the Ministry of Tourism classifies hotels under the star rating system to conform to the expected standards for different classes of tourists.
Under this system, hotels are given a rating, from One Star to Three Star, Four and Five Star with or without alcohol, Five Star Deluxe, Heritage (Basic), Heritage (Classic), Heritage (Grand), Legacy Vintage (Basic), Legacy Vintage (Classic), Legacy Vintage (Grand) and Apartment Hotels, Homestays, Guest house etc. The classification is valid for a period of five years. The extension that the ministry granted on Tuesday will apply to all.
Similarly, the Ministry also has a scheme of approving travel agents, tour operators, adventure tour operators, domestic tour operators and tourist transport operators etc. The approval scheme has been put in place to encourage quality, standard and service in these categories so as to promote tourism in India.