Government to set up agency to facilitate hotel projects

The central government on Thursday approved the creation of 'Hospitality Development and Promotion Board (HDPB)' for approving and facilitating hotel projects.

The centre would advise state governments/UTs to set up state level hospitality development and promotion boards on similar basis.

The board would monitor and facilitate the clearances/approvals of hotel projects both at the central and the states level.

The board would act as a single point for receiving applications for various clearances, including fast-tracking approvals/clearances of hotel project proposals in a time bound manner as also review of hotel project policies to encourage the growth of hotel/hospitality infrastructure in the country.

The board would take up the issue of clearances of hotel projects with the concerned ministries/departments/ authorities by meeting on fixed schedule basis.

The HDPB will not, however, supersede the statutory clearances of other agencies and will only act as a facilitator for the fast-track hotel project approvals in a time bound manner.