Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, Chandigarh, organised a seminar to facilitate union ministry of tourism’s Incredible India Bed and Breakfast/ Homestay Establishments’ scheme on Wednesday.
Arun Srivastava, regional director, ministry of tourism, was the key speaker on the occasion.
Leading travel houses from the region participated in the seminar to discuss the significance of the scheme.
“The basic idea is to provide a clean and affordable place for foreigners and domestic tourists, including an opportunity for foreign tourists to stay with an Indian family to experience Indian customs and traditions and relish authentic Indian cuisine,” said Srivastava.
According to the scheme, ministry of tourism will classify fully operational rooms of bed and breakfast/homestay facilities as “Incredible India Bed and Breakfast/Homestay Establishments”.
These facilities will be categorised as silver and gold, with the aim of providing comfortable home stay facilities of standardized world class services to the tourists, and to supplement the availability of accommodation in the metros and tourist destinations.
The regional classification committee, as specified in the guidelines, will inspect and assess the bed and breakfast/homestay establishments, based on facilities and services offered.
The establishments, once approved by union ministry of tourism, will be duly publicised.
A directory of all such approved establishments will also be prepared, so as to enable domestic as well as foreign tourists to live in a homely environment and to take advantage of the scheme.
In addition, efforts will be made to organise short-term training in hospitality trade to those who would opt for such training.