Monday, 1 March 2010

Delhi hotels settle for lesser rates

Hotel bookings for the Commonwealth Games (here, in October) will open for tourists in the next few days, as the face-off between hotels and the tourism ministry on room rates has been largely resolved.

Hotels in the National Capital Region were seeking much higher rates than what the tourism ministry thought were appropriate to attract tourists.

According to a report, hotels were planning to price 5 star rooms at Rs 14,000 - 23,000 ($300 - $500), and 4 star rooms at Rs 10,000 - 14,000 ($215-$300) per night. The rates expected for 3 star rooms were around Rs 5,000 - 7,000 per night. After negotiations, hotels have scaled back room rates by about 30%.

Bookings will be overseen by the Games Travel Office (GTO). The GTO would be listing about 125 hotels across various price categories for tourists.

The government has reached an agreement with the hotels that 90 per cent of the rooms available with them will be with the OC for the purpose of the Games.

While many hotels had agreed to lower rates, some are not willing to budge.The hotels which do not comply with the rates would not be part of the list offered by the GTO. Though tourists are free to make independent bookings with hotels, they will get a lower rate if they book through the GTO. Hotels are also keen to be part of the GTO, as they expect to then get a better response from travelers.

The Games are scheduled from October 3 to 14. Presently, hotel reservation on the Commonwealth website is open for athletes and officials.


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