The Sikkim government has banned homestay owners in the Himalayan state from renting or leasing their homestays to any third party. The decision was taken to empower the local entrepreneurs in the state and to ensure that the quality of homestays is maintained.
The ban is in accordance with the Sikkim Registration of Homestay Establishment Rules of 2013. The rules state that homestay owners are not allowed to enter into leasing or renting arrangements with third parties.
The government has issued an advisory to all homestay owners in the state, asking them to comply with the ban. The advisory also warns that any violations will be strictly dealt with.
The ban has been welcomed by the Homestay Association of Sikkim (HAS). The association has been demanding a ban on leasing and renting of homestay establishments for several years.
The association’s president, Karma Bhutia, said that the ban will help to ensure that the quality of homestays is maintained. He said that many homestay owners who had leased or rented their establishments to third parties had failed to provide good quality accommodation and service to the tourists.
“This ban will help to protect the interests of the tourists and ensure that they get the best possible experience when they stay in a homestay in Sikkim,” Bhutia said.
Future of Leasing/Renting Homestays in Sikkim
The ban is also expected to benefit the local entrepreneurs in the state. Many homestay owners are also local entrepreneurs who have invested their own money in setting up their homestays. The ban will help them to earn a better livelihood from their businesses.
“This is a positive step by the government. It will help to promote local entrepreneurship and boost the tourism industry in Sikkim,” Bhutia said.
The government has said that it will provide assistance to the homestay owners who are affected by the ban. The assistance will include training and financial support.
“We will provide training to the homestay owners on how to improve the quality of their accommodation and service,” said Pema Tshering, the state tourism minister. “We will also provide financial assistance to those who are unable to meet the new requirements.”
The ban is a positive step by the Sikkim government. It will help to ensure that the quality of homestays is maintained and that the local entrepreneurs are empowered.
In Summary –
- The ban is expected to affect around 1,000 homestays in Sikkim.
- The government has said that it will review the ban after a year to assess its impact.
- The Homestay Association of Sikkim has also demanded that the government provide a subsidy of Rs. 50,000 to each homestay owner who is affected by the ban.
- The government has said that it is considering the demand for a subsidy.
- The ban has been met with mixed reactions from the homestay owners. Some owners have welcomed the ban, while others have expressed concerns about its impact on their businesses.
- The government has said that it will work with the homestay owners to ensure that the ban is implemented smoothly.
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