Aimed at providing home-stay facilities to tourists,the Punjab government on Sunday announced to launch a bed-and-breakfast accommodation,to be managed by Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board. The guidelines for launching the scheme in the state have been formed and would be advertised for inviting applications,a government spokesperson said.
The first phase of the scheme would be launched in the urban areas of Amritsar,Patiala and Mohali. The scheme would be a source of additional income for those who have adequate living area as per the requisite standards,the spokesperson added. The scheme would be applicable only for the owners who themselves were staying within the same premises.
Laying down the detailed guidelines,he said 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 living room.
Every home must be furnished as per international specifications. The tariff charged under the scheme is at the discretion of the house owner,but the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB) would register homes after inspection and interview,monitor quality standards through independent inspection and train the owners.
The government has recommended that the house owners be fluent in English and Hindi,and the property should be of high quality in terms of comfort 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, a statement issued by the government said.