Punjab government on Sunday announced to start high-end Bed and Breakfast accommodation scheme to provide tourists comfortable home stay facilities as per international standards that will be managed by Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board.
“The guidelines for launching the scheme in the state have been formed which will be advertised soon and applications will be invited for the same,” said a Punjab government spokesperson, adding that for more details, interested persons can log onto of the Tourism department’s website punjabtourism.gov.in.
As per the recommendations of United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Tourism Development Master Plan in which emphasis was laid to identify the high quality accommodations that caters to the holiday visitor, in and around state’s main tourist destinations. The initiative was to provide a clean and comfortable place for overseas visitors as well as domestic tourists including an opportunity for them to stay with an Indian particularly a Punjabi family experience the traditions and culture of Punjab and relish authentic Punjabi cuisine.
The spokesperson said that the first phase of Bed and Breakfast will be launched in the urban areas of Amritsar, Patiala and SAS Nagar Mohali which will be expanded to other towns of Punjab in due course
“This scheme will provide additional source of income for those who have necessary aptitude and have adequate living area as per the requisite standards,” he said, adding that the scheme will be applicable only for the owners’ who were staying themselves within the same premises.
“As per the guidelines, the houses/bungalows under consideration should be located in an accessible area with adequate parking space, may have a maximum of six good size bedrooms with attached washrooms and spacious living room. Every home must be furnished as per the international specifications. The tariff charged under the scheme is at the discretion of the home. The Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB) will register homes after inspection and interview, monitor quality standards through independent inspection, and train home owners. Four parties would be involved in the selection procedure. These are the applicant, an independent inspection team, the training providers and representatives of the Board. The government has recommended that the house owners be fluent in English and Hindi, and the quality of the property should be high in terms of comfort, facilities and hygiene. The professional and educational background of the applicant and the family members, and any previous relevant hospitality experience will also be taken into consideration,” he added.
He added that the board has specified that it could authorize any qualified inspector to make an anonymous inspection on the premises at any time without notice.