Bhubaneswar: Inadequate number of star hotels and shortage of budget hotels is one of the biggest constraints in Odisha as far as tourism development is concerned.
“Odisha currently has eight star category hotels with 600 rooms as compared to Kerala which has 563 classified hotels.There has been no increase in the number of classified hotels in the State in the last five years,” pointed out J K Mohanty, Co-Chairman FICCI National Tourism Committee and Chairman Hotel and Restaurant Association of Odisha speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the presser on ‘Odisha Travel Bazaar 2019’ which will be held on October 14-20 here.
Mohanty said that they have written to the State government to take steps for adding 5,000 hotel rooms in the next three years.
“Additional 5,000 rooms will approximately generate employment for 50,000 people directly and indirectly,” Mohanty pointed out.
Mohanty said that they have asked the government to provide 30 percent capital investment subsidy and five percent interest subsidy in the new tourism policy 2020 of the State government.
“If the government provides such subsidies new investors and promoters from outside Odisha including international hotel chains will be interested for development of tourism projects in the State,” he said.
Mohanty was of the view that with international hotel chains coming to Odisha there would be a substantial increase in tourist flow to the State which would force airlines companies to queue up for operating flights in the State on their own and added that all these things are interlinked.