ICCI for revising room charges of hotels
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) President Muhammad Ahmed Waheed Tuesday said hotels were extending their full cooperation to the government for making stay arrangements for the passengers coming from different countries.
He urged the government to revise their current room rates fixed by the NDMA as these were not feasible to run the affairs of the hotels smoothly.
He said this while talking to a delegation of Hotels and Motels Association Islamabad/Rawalpindi and Northern Areas, called on him here which was led by President Muhammad Akram Farid.
Waheed said the cooperation of three star/four star hotels with the government for providing stay to overseas passengers in this difficult time was laudable.
However, he stressed that the government should increase room rate charges minimum up to Rs8,000 per night so that hotels may not suffer losses.
He said to provide all required services to the passengers coming from various countries, all departments of hotels were operational due to which they had to pay staff salaries and utility bills.
However, it was not possible for hotels to meet their minimum expenses at the current charges being paid by the government.
He said due to coronavirus, stay of overseas passengers in hotels could prolong for many months and urged that the government should engage hotel owners in dialogue to revise their rates in order to save them from further business losses. - APP