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This OER enables you to:
- suggest appropriate accommodation depending on the budget of tourist
- list the facilities available at the various hotels
- identify and classify the types of accommodation available
Accommodation is one of the basic needs for any tourism activity. Travelers and tourists need lodging for rest, while they are on a tour. Accommodation in the form of low budget lodges/hotels to world class luxury hotels is available at all the major tourist destinations to provide the tourist a home away from home. These are establishments that provide a place for the tourist to stay i.e. lodging facilities which are paid for the duration of the stay by the tourist. There are various types of accommodation which are being used by tourists regularly. Travel agents and tour operators generally include one of the following types of accommodation in the itinerary.
Hotels are a vital and essential part of the tourism industry. Today, hotels not only provide accommodation and meals but also offer a variety of other services as per the needs of the tourist/guest. For example, many hotels offer a health club, crèche, etc. as per the changing needs of the customer.
International or Star Category Hotel:
They are the modern western style hotels, found mostly in metro cities and at major tourist destinations and that are located at prime locations in the city. These hotels are classified on the internationally accepted star grading which ranges from five stars to one star. The grading is given to the hotel depending on the facilities and services which the hotel provides. The facilities which are provided by the five star are an information desk, conference centre, travel desk, multi cuisine restaurants, banquet halls, room service, swimming pool, gymnasium, health clubs, shopping arcades, beauty parlours, entertainment or cultural programmes, etc.
5 Star Hotel: Taj Palace, Mumbai
They are located on highways and expressways. The tourists who are on transient mode and cost conscious prefer to stay in these kinds of accommodation. These motels not only provide parking space but also certain amenities such as television, restaurants swimming pool, etc.
A Motel in Bjerka, Norway
Non Star or commercial Hotels
These hotels are located mostly near the business or commercial centres and mainly serve the business tourists, middle income tourists and their repeat customers. Most of these hotels are equipped with parking space, restaurants, and facilities for their business clients/guests such as convention centers and meeting rooms. Picture: (of Courtyard Marriott,Hinjewadi, Pune)(Source: Google)
These types of hotels are located on the surface of the water which may be the sea, river, or lake water. These hotels have facilities which are similar to a regular hotel. Examples: House boats of Kashmir and Kerala or old cruise liners which have been converted into a hotel.
Picture: Houseboats of Kashmir, A houseboat on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington, USA ,Houseboat in Alleppey, Kerala located on the backwaters
A Kashmir House boat
These were first opened in Osaka, Japan in 1979. These hotels serve mostly the business tourists. The rooms in the capsule are lined similar to that of a ‘double-decker’, or sleeping compartment of a AC 2 tier train. Common washrooms, vending machines, and a lounge area are located on each floor. Facilities such as a bed, a television, flexible lighting, a box for valuables, etc. are provided in each capsule rooms.
These are the old properties like castles, forts, palaces, and havelis belonging to royalty which have been renovated and converted into hotels. Here, tourists enjoy the majestic grandeur and splendor of the olden days. Some examples of heritage hotels are Umaid Bhavan Palace at Jodhpur and Shalini Palace at Kolhapur
These cater to the tourists who look for rest, relaxation and recreation. They are located mostly at the sea side, hill stations, wild life sanctuaries, etc. Apart from facilities provided by hotels, resorts provide additional facilities to guest for recreation and relaxation which includes indoor and out door games, gambling, spa, etc.
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Hotels, motels and resorts are an important part of the tourism industry. There are various grades of hotels which are classified as one star to five stars, on the basis of facilities available at the hotels. Tourist can select accommodation as per their need and budget.
Visit a star category hotel in your city and list facilities available for guest. Visit different hotels, collect brochures or search on the internet and get information on the types of accommodation available in India.
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