Five star or not, all hotels will now have to display their classification status prominently at the
Five star or not, all hotels will now have to display their classification status prominently at thereception and on their websites, according to a new set of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Tourism. The reason? To make hotel classifications simple, transparent and time-bound. Hotels in the country have five categories – 1-5 – depending on the amenities they provide.
Under the new guidelines, payment for applications for classifications can be done online instead of the age-old method of demand drafts. This is to ensure eradication of the possibility of delay and manipulation caused by human interference. There is a three month time limit to ensure compliance.
“It is mandatory for all hotels under whichever classification to display their classification status prominently at the reception and on their websites under a separate icon on the opening page, which will display the order of classification issued by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India,” according to a senior official of the ministry.