Tourism Ministry Formulates Guidelines for approval of Online Travel Aggregators (OTA)

The Ministry of Tourism have formulated the guidelines for approval and re approval of Online Travel Aggregators (OTA) to ensure adequate safeguards against alternate arrangements, punitive deterrence and deficiency of service. Himalai IAS Coaching Centre in Bangalore aims is to bring awareness about current affairs for the Civil Services Exam like IAS exam, KAS exam, banking exam.

Yesterday Ministry said that, the voluntary scheme is open to bonafide OTA to bring them on a common platform in the organized sector. The guidelines will be rolled out online by the end of this month.

Based on the inspection report and recommendations of a committee and approval of the chairman of the Hotel & Restaurant Approval & Classification Committee, the Ministry will grant recognition as an approved OTA for five years.

After inspection conducted by a Committee Re-approval shall also be granted for five years of the same constitution.

The ministry said it is imperative that a system with qualitative benchmarks to accredit them in order to engage with the OTAs constructively.

An OTA is an intermediary or an agent, selling travel products and services such as car rental, cruise lines, Hotels or Accommodation, the airlines, vacation packages and railways on behalf of suppliers using internet as a medium.

They establish an online market place and earn profits on the discounts commonly referred to as commission offered by the suppliers in OTA.