Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hotel Rooms Scanty, tents to fulfill demand for 2010 Games

As the Commonwealth Games is drawing closer, the Government is busy putting in place arrangements to accommodate guests. In addition to five-star hotels and guesthouses in Delhi and NCR, the organizers are also planning to set up tent houses at Gurgaon and Faridabad to accommodate heavy inflow of tourists.

Union Minister for Tourism, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja said the tents would be helpful in overcoming the shortage of rooms. “At the camping sites, large tents can be put up to accommodate tourists during the Games which will be helpful in overcoming the shortage of rooms,” said Selja.

She made this observation at Tourism Fair, first of its kind in Gurgaon to promote tourism. The event is being organized by Haryana Tourism Mart in association with State Tourism department.

Gurgaon was given a target to make available 6,647 rooms in star category hotels, but so far the administration could manage to make only 4,438 rooms.

The remaining rooms would be made available at the camp sites to be located at Dundahera in Gurgaon and Surajkund in Faridabad.

These sites would also be used in future to promote recreation tourism, farm tourism, golf tourism, eco tourism and heritage tourism in the region.

According to tourism officials, the concept of camp tourism was fast catching up and tent camps for tourists are very popular in reserved forests like Ranthambore in Rajasthan and Corbett in Uttarakhand.

“The main objective of organizing Tourism Fair was to promote Gurgaon as new tourism hub in the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games and to give a platform to the traders and tourists and henceforth it will be organized every year,” said Rajendra Kataria, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Gurgaon.

The fair has been planned on the pattern of World Tourism Mart to present a ‘one stop exhibition’ for domestic and international tourism organizations, travel and tour operators, hotels and resorts, airlines, railways and cruises, travel portals and travel writers, reservation and several other stake holders.

Gurgaon has planned to host a Shopping Festival, as a pre-Games event and then an event in October 2010 to coincide with the Commonwealth Games.


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