New Year Eve: Amritsar hotels double tariff

With tourists visiting the holy city in large numbers on New Year’s eve, the demand for hotels in Amritsar has triggered more than two-fold increase in room rates.
In some cases, especially in four-star category, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) component on some of the hotels is almost equal to the usual tariff they command on normal days.According to hotel owners, there is almost 100 per cent occupancy in all star and non-star categories in the ongoing week compared to 40-50 per cent last year.For five-star property Taj Swarna, Goibibo is quoting a price of Rs 19,500 for a room with unlimited liquor and multi-cuisine food spread and brunch. But this is just the hotel tariff. Expect to cough up an extra Rs 5,460 towards the GST (about 28 per cent), taking total payable amount to Rs 24,960 for a one-night stay. If you book the same hotel room for a one-night stay on January 31, the tariff drops to Rs 9,000 and with GST the total comes to Rs 11,520.While Hyatt Amritsar will cost a traveller Rs 7,450 on December 31, excluding GST, the same can be booked for Rs 5,580 on January 31.Another property Regenta Central Amritsar by Royal Orchid Hotel is commanding a price tag of Rs 9,315 for a night with breakfast on December 31.
Along with GST of Rs 2,608, the total amount payable is Rs 11,923 for a one-night stay. The same hotel will cost Rs 3,672 (excluding GST) for a night stay on January 31.Further, Park Inn by Radisson has a pre-GST price of Rs 7,181. The same hotel room will be priced at Rs 2,992 on January 31.“Hotel tariffs have become dynamic just like airfare and the industry is seeing day-to-day price change based on demand. There are over 650 hotels, including star and non-star categories, guest houses and lodges, in Amritsar. With unprecedented tourist rush, almost all categories are witnessing 100 per cent occupancy,” said APS Chatha, President, Amritsar Hotel and Restaurant Association.


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