New Tourism Office in Hyderabad is the first Hotel cum Office of its kind in the country

HYDERABAD: 84 hotel rooms of VIP standards in four floors, a swimming pool, a recreation centre and three floors of commercial activi ties under one roof. This is not a description of a new mall or boutique hotel coming up in the city, these are a few components of the new state tourism office at Begumpet. The new tourism office aspires to be a landmark in the city and not only because of its brightly painted yellow and blue facade. It is first of its kind tourism office cum hotel to come up in the country. Built on two acres of land in the heart of the city, the building will be centrally air conditioned with ample parking facilities.

Defying stereotypes of dusty and mouldy tourism buildings, the top four floors of the seven-storey building will be occupied by an 84-room star hotel with a swimming pool. Shopaholics may enjoy the commercial area which will house handicraft, jewellery and souvenir shops. “This will be good for last minute shoppers. Many people are on a tight schedule and have to cut short their shopping plans. Our idea is to let everyone enjoy the shopping experience,” says an official from the department.

Also, to encourage others besides tourists to come to the building, the tourism department has plans for coffee shops and facilities for conference halls.

Raymond Peters, MD, APTDC, says that the new facility will make travel easier and more pleasant for visitors. “The building has provisions for currency exchange, courier services and ATMs. There are reservation counters for passengers to reserve tickets to any part of the country. We have information offices and curio outlets from all the states. Also, while travelling, people are not always sure where to go and where not to go and they are often cheated by unscrupulous private tour operators. We will wipe this practice out,” he says. The department clearly hopes to popularise travel via the state owned tourism offices, an area in which travel agents are giving them stiff competition, and give itself a makeover befitting the city’s hi-tech image.

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