Hotels Feel Revision Of Security Norms

Taj Hotel MumbaiGovernment and hotels are likely to review mandatory safety and security norms for the hospitality industry. Security norms need to be more stringent in the wake of the terrorist attacks on prestigious five star hotels in Mumbai. The vice-president (hotels) at India Tourism Development Corp. Ltd, Sudhir Sibal said that as terrorists are updating themselves with time, hotel industry should also become more updated.

The hotel industry would approach the government, after normalcy returns in Mumbai. Executive director Sarovar Hotels Pvt. Ltd, Ajay Bakaya said that the hotels must increase the numbers of guards and train them to deal with any eventuality. Hotels should ensure 24-hour cover at the key entrances, without compromising the security norms. Sarovar Hotels has 700 security personnel at its 30 properties and will soon contact the security consulting firms in India for more recruitment.

The hotel industry would also make random checks mandatory for security staff, following alleged reports of their links with terrorists. It is already facing the heat of the meltdown and recent terror attacks on Mumbai hotels would have far reaching effects on the hospitality industry