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Hotels to be disabled friendly by CWG
New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS):
Published on 6 Aug. 2009 1:55 AM IST
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In an effort to keep abreast with international norms, hotels in India will adopt changes to become disabled friendly by next year, the tourism ministry said here Wednesday. “The ministry has tried to address major concerns to make the classification norms of hotels friendlier for the differently abled persons by adopting the international best practices,” said the ministry in a statement issued here. “Existing and new hotels of all categories all over the country would now have to comply with the requirements for the differently abled persons in respect of accessibility, special rooms with bathrooms and facilities etc. in the public area by September 1, 2010,” it added. The much awaited Commonwealth Games, for which the tourism ministry is gearing up with various initiatives to attract tourists, will take place October 2010. According to the statement, changing requirements of international and domestic travellers clubbed with the need for safety and security, has made it necessary to review the hotel classification norms that were last reviewed in 2003. The review has been done after consultation with people from the hotel industry and other stakeholders. As per the reviewed norms, hotels are now required to have a minimum number of food and beverage units and restaurants depending on their location. Hotels are now also required to have a minimum percentage of trained staff from reputed institutes.

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