The Commissioner, however, cautioned that hoteliers must ensure that the building by-laws were followed strictly.
In the same session, Deputy Director, Department of Tourism, Ajay Sharma, outlined the incentives given for heritage properties. He said the new tourism policy was in the offing for which he invited the hoteliers' suggestions. He said 87 heritage properties had already been given heritage certificates by the Department of Tourism.
Earlier, an exhibition featuring various hospitality and industry related products was inaugurated by Punjab Tourism Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.
During his Presidential address, Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur said heritage hotels had played a pivotal role in promoting rural tourism. The travel and tourism sector provides employment opportunities to a large number of people. This sector must be proactively promoted by the government, he said.