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New UP Hotel policy in view of Commonwealth Games

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Lucknow, Apr 18 (UNI) Eyeing the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010, Uttar Pradesh government today announced its new Hotel Policy to attract hoteliers to invest in the state.

The government has decided to set up committes at all division level to earmark land for hotels and include it in the masterplan, besides giving 5 year luxury tax holiday on rooms, which are charged above Rs 1,000 per day.

The policy was approved by the state cabinet here giving hotels, the status of an industry in UP.

State chief secretary Naveen Chandra Bajpayee said UP would be required to augument at least 5,000 additional hotel rooms to cope up with the Commonwealth Games. There is a shortage of about 30,000 beds for the Commonwealth Games.

State principal secretary (tourism) Om Prakash said the new policy had been framed in accordance with the demands made by the Hotel Association of India.

He said for the Games, the hoteliers would be invited to set up their hotels in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.

Narrating other details of the policy, he said now the hotel industry would be getting all benefits given to industrial units in UP.

''Experienced people, chain of companies and renowned hoteliers will be given preference by UP in setting up their hotels in any part of the state,'' Dr Prakash informed.

The tourism official said several hoteliers had evinced interest in setting up hotels in eastern UP near Shravasti, Kushinagar and Gorakhpur to cater to Buddhist tourists.

On the ailing hotels of UP Tourism Development Corportion, the principal secretary said 22 hotels were already earning profit, while rest 23 were being revived.

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