New Delhi: Tourism and hospitality associations have made fresh appeals to the government to allow a calibrated, graded opening of hotels even as confusion loomed large on Sunday about resumption of flight operations and passengers stared at the possibility of getting stranded at airports.
“We have sent new requests through CII. But, the coordination has not materialised. They announced they will start flights from May 25, but no new directions were given to hotels. We have rooms for quarantining at our hotel and can take in stranded passengers, but smaller cities may not have operational hotels that are offering these services as flights land there. Not all hotels are offering these services,” said Ankur Bhatia, executive director of Bird Group which owns and operates hotel Roseate House in Delhi’s Aero City.
“There is a strong chance that people get stuck now. Hotels opening in a graded manner should have been a must with flights. If passengers are going on official or business trips, where would they stay,” he added.
Hotels and other hospitality services continue to remain prohibited in phase four as per the MHA order except those meant for housing police and government officials, healthcare workers and stranded persons including tourists and those offering quarantine facilities.