A retired Indian Administrative Services officer of AGMUT 1996 batch. Subject matter expert in Tourism Infrastructure and in PPP model.
Currently, a Mentor in BnBNation Hospitality Private Ltd. (www.bnbnation.com)
Retired in Nov. 2013 as M.D. & CEO of Delhi Tourism (DTTDC), an undertaking of Government of Delhi.
He completed my PhD in Bed and Breakfast scheme in Delhi. This is the only PhD on Bed and Breakfast in India.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Interesting facts about Bed and Breakfast establishments in Delhi
In a recent survey of
around 50 Bed and Breakfast establishments (out of about 350 total B&Bs),
some interesting facts were revealed. There is a group of substantial number of
domestic tourists who stayed in lower tariff of B&B units at Rs. 1500 to
Rs. 2000 per month (equivalent to US 25$ to 34$). These are generally those
tourists who came to Delhi for pilgrimage. However, most of domestic and
foreign tourists stayed in the tariff range of Rs. 3500 – Rs. 4500 (US 60$ - US
70$) per night. Average stay of tourists was 3 days in Delhi. Most of the
B&B units are located in South Delhi particularly in Vasant Kunj, CR Park,
Greater Kailash, Hauz Khas, East of Kailash and Kailash Colony. Out of total
foreign tourists staying in B&B units, majority are from USA & UK
(20%), followed by Australia (13%), Germany (12%) & France (11%). Chinese
tourists seem to avoid B&B establishments). These tourists, generally,
visit three world heritage sites in Delhi namely, Red Fort, Qutub Minar and
Some of the tourists visit
Akshardham Temple, Bahai Temple, Jama Masjid also. Most take taxis or package
tours of Delhi as these are cheaper compared to other cities in the world. Unlike
cities like Berlin, Amsterdam, London, etc. there are not many souvenir shops
in Delhi. However, Dilli Haat is popular among tourists and serves as a good
shopping stop for souvenirs, handlooms and handicrafts. While Dilli Haat
purchases are less costly, some foreign tourists also prefer to make such
purchases from Janpath street shops at slightly higher rates.
Janpath shopping street
The tourists staying at homestays
in Delhi very well know where from to purchase, how to travel within the city
and where to eat at reasonable rates. The tourists staying in hotels have
lesser choice of interacting with people, though they are also able to avail
such information through sites like India Tourism, Delhi Tourism and other
websites of local travel agencies. Delhi gets maximum number of tourists in the
months from September to February.
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These data are generally taken
from DTTDC and are incorporated in the author’s Ph.D. thesis and research
article “Economics of B&B Scheme of Delhi” published in July’13 issue of