Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hospitality Development and Promotion Board

The Union Government has approved the constitution of a ‘Hospitality Development and Promotion Board’ (HDPB) to facilitate the clearances required by hotel projects in a time bound manner and also provide policy advice for development of hospitality sector.

The main functions of the HDPB are:

(i) to fast track approval/clearances of hotel project proposals in a time bound manner;

(ii) to review the hotel project policies and to coordinate with other concerned agencies such as the Administrative Ministries/Departments/Agencies for developing guidelines that are transparent and which encourage the growth of hotel/hospitality infrastructure in the country;

(iii) to interact with Government, non-Governmental and Industry bodies to increase the hotel/hospitality infrastructure in the country.

The States/Union Territory Administrations have been advised to set up similar Boards if the same does not exist in their respective States/Union Territories.

This information was given by Shri Sultan Ahmed, Minister of State for Tourism in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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