Hospitality

Homestays to meet shortfall of 1.9 lakh rooms: official

KOCHI

Non-traditional accommodation like homestays hold the key to cater to 1.9 lakh more rooms that India needs due to rapid economic growth, Joint Secretary in Ministry of Tourism Suman Billa said.

Speaking after inaugurating Kerala’s first travel meet on Homestays and Rural Tourism organised by Kerala Homestay and Tourism Society (Kerala HATS) at Bolghatty Convention Centre here on Tuesday, he said that hotels and resorts cannot add this many rooms in a short time span, reports The Hindu.

“Homestays have a promising future since guests are increasingly on the lookout for experiential tourism. They are not content with booking a room. They want to savour all elements at a locale and homestays provide just that.”

Mr. Suman, who earlier served as Secretary and also Director of Kerala Tourism attributed success of homestays to the State’s culture of welcoming strangers from far-off lands. The ability of hosts to interact with guests in a free and open manner too came in handy, with many homestays here becoming global names, he said.

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