Budget 2012 - Tourism: Towards The Classification Of Hotels

10 years ago - November 07, 2011
Tourism Minister, Michael Sik Yuen, announced that there would be specialist consultants for the classification of hotels and other tourist residences and guest houses in the informal sector.

This should start to show results in about six months. 

The Minister of Finance, Xavier-Luc Duval, announced in his Budget last Friday. The Tourism Authority in collaboration with tour operators, will ensure the reputation of the destination, developing a system of categorization official hotels. Now, the state that categorizes hotels. 

Ajay Jhurry, president of the Association of Tourist Operators (ATO), said that he shares absolutely the opinion of authorities on the subject. The development of a categorization system, says Ajay Jhurry, is very important to price regulation. The president of the ATO states that it is not possible for a five-star hotel practices of high prices in high season and prices much lower in the low season as this is detrimental to the destination as a whole. 

According to Ajay Jhurry this classification provide a 'benchmarking' which will prevent the devaluation of the destination and which will enable the various operators in the industry to determine their position. Bissoon Mungroo, president of the Hotel Association's House, for its part, says that there was too many abuses and that the categorization had long been applied to the various ministers who have succeeded in the Ministry of Tourism.

 

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