Indian Tourism Development Corporation will tie up with North Eastern states to set up hotels in the region to cater to the increasing inflow of domestic and international travellers who take flights to India and visit the northeast part of the country.
Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has announced that it will set up smaller hotels in the country’s north-eastern region, in partnership with various states of the area. The move is planned to cater to the ever increasing domestic and foreign tourist inflow in the North East.
North Eastern states like Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland have indeed been witnessing significant rise in the tourist inflow over the years. Many tourists who haggle hard for tickets on cheap flights to India make it a point to tour these states that are known for their natural marvels.
“Our plan is to open small hotels, similar to those of motels in the US. These hotels may not be big and five-star properties but smaller ones and may be of three-star or four-star hotels,” Mr Vaghela, newly-appointed Chairman of ITDC was quoted in news reports.
He added that the number of rooms for every hotel may range between 80 and 120, depending upon the location and the property.
However, no details regarding possible launch time of the first property or investment needed were given out by him.
Currently, ITDC has two properties in the North East.
Indian government is really keen on promoting the country as a leading holiday destination. The country is likely to see a growth of some 30 % in number of travellers taking flights to India for holiday travel during 2012-13.
“Last fiscal, we saw about 6.9 million tourists coming into India. This year, our target is to attract 8-9 million people from foreign countries,” Mr Vaghela was quoted as saying.
ITDC is also planning to attract more number of tourists from Europe and the Middle East by taking its promotional campaign ‘Incredible India’ there.
Moreover, ITDC has appealed to the Indian Government to increase the list of ‘Visa-on-Arrival’ countries from 11 at present to about 30. The corporation wants to incorporate most of the European nations in the ‘Visa-on-Arrival’ list.