In the wake of upcoming Men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16, The Odisha government is in communication loop with the online hotel aggregator, Oyo rooms.
The move of pursuing OYO Rooms for the accommodation of the tourists by the Odisha government in order to curtail the mismatch on Demand-Supply ratio at the time of Hockey World Cup scheduled in Bhubaneswar.
“For accommodating the teams and officials, there is absolutely no issue at all. We are expecting a large number of fans for which hotel availability will be a shortage. We recently had a meeting with OYO for bringing in more hotels under its fold. The discussion we had with OYO was for 1,000 odd hotel rooms”, Vishal Dev, Secretary, Tourism Department, told media persons at the Third Odisha Tourism Conclave hosted by Hotel and Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO). The conclave was inaugurated by Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal.
In addition to this, the Odisha government is also approaching Puri and Cuttack based hoteliers to accommodate those who are expected to throng in the state.
The Odisha government has also announced packages for about 500 tourists at the time of world cup which will include accommodation, tickets and sightseeing.
Erstwhile, the Odisha government had approached corporates, IT firms and management and technical institutions in order to meet the hotel room requirements.
Speaking at the conclave, J K Mohanty, Chairman Hotel & Restaurant Association of Odisha said, “It’s high time for Odisha to get its due prominence in the tourism map of India.”
“We have so many options like eco-tourism, MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism, ethnic tourism, adventure and wildlife tourism and religious & spiritual tourism, film tourism, tribal tourism, handicraft and textile, the art, craft, culture and cuisine to promote. I am sure, with an aggressive marketing and promotional activities the inflow of foreign tourists to Odisha can definitely take a leap forward, he added.