In a move aimed at raising occupancy rates of its hotels, the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corp (HPTDC) has roped in a private company, AxisRooms' Channel Manager for distributing room inventories to online travel agents. The state-owned body hopes this would help in increasing online hotel bookings. Work is also on to develop software for integrating HPTDC properties with AxisRooms, a government official said after the HPTDC board meeting that was held on Friday.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh also instructed corporation officials to ensure early completion of hotel projects the. "HPTDC is an important part of the tourism sector in Himachal Pradesh and all ongoing projects should be executed in time," he said while presiding at the meeting. He also suggested positions for hotel staff could be categorized to benefit the employees.
Among other decisions taken today, the board decided to wait for the state geologist's report before commencing construction of a hotel in Manikaran in Kullu district. It also decided to amend the recruitment and promotion rules to provide a 35% quota for promotion of utility workers who have completed five years of service on the basis of seniority for kitchens, housekeeping and food & beverages in hotels and to fill vacant positions for trainee cooks, housekeepers and receptionists from within the existing staff.
A decision was taken to rope in a professional agency for maintaining gardens and lawns at various HPTDC properties and to train the existing gardeners. The board also decided to initiate the process to take possession of Hotel Mandav in Mandi and make it operational after undertaking minor repairs and renovation.
The board was apprised a letter has been sent to the deputy commissioner concerned for selecting a suitable piece of land in Una for building a hotel so that it could be ready soon.
Among those present at the board meeting were chief parliamentary secretary Mansa Ram, HPTDC vice chairman Harish Janartha, additional chief secretary VC Pharka and tourism director Mohan Chauhan.