The entity will enable a single-window clearance for hotel projects to boost tourism
The approval to form the proposed Hospitality Development Promotion Board (HDPB), which is expected to facilitate easier clearance for hotel projects, is likely to come over the next few months, a senior government official said today, reports PTI.
“The committee of secretaries has given the approval (for HDPB). The draft for this will be sent to the Cabinet and approval is expected in the next few months,” said Sujit Banerjee, tourism secretary.
The formation of HDPB is expected to enable a single-window clearance for hotel projects in the country and thus help to boost the tourism industry.
Mr Banerjee said that the country would require around 1,50,000 hotel rooms by 2013 to support the revival in the tourism sector.
Out of this, nearly 1,00,000 rooms are expected to come up in the budget segment, he said, adding that tourist flows into the country have picked up over the past few months.
Replying to a query, Mr Banerjee said around 70% of the hotel infrastructure required for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games has been completed.