The government has made amendment to the Hotel, Lodge, Restaurant, Bar and Tour Operators Regulation 1981, enforcing new set of criteria for star-rated hotels and introducing a new category – deluxe five-star – for hotels.
The notice regarding the amendment has already been published in the Gazette.
As per the notice, deluxe five-star hotels should have a minimum of 200 rooms and more than five food and beverage outlets with touchscreen or remote Personal Digital Assistance (PDA). Similarly, they should have banquets sprawling over at least 6,000 square feet, spa and sauna bath, and vehicle scanning equipment and baggage scanner, among others.
Existing five-star hotels can apply for upgradation into the five-star deluxe category if they meet all the criteria.
Similarly, the government has also introduced new criteria for star-rated hotels. As per the new criteria, star hotels need to raise rooms by 20 percent and should have facilities like Wi-Fi and CCTV in hotel premises and LCD/LED TV in all rooms.
According to government officials, the new criteria have been prepared in consultation with the Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN).
Star-rated hotels must adhere to the new criteria within five years. Hotels failing to adhere to the criteria within the given timeframe will be demoted to the lower category, according to the notice.