A total of 2,140 rooms in 83 hotels in the city area have been reserved for the winter session of the State Legislature to be held in Belgaum in the month of December and four guest houses of various educational institutions will also be taken over by the administration for the accommodation of senior ministers.
In the recent meeting of hotel owners chaired by Collector Nitesh Patil in the background of the convention, it was said that 90 rooms in 83 hotels will be reserved.
However, the Municipal Corporation has decided to reserve all the rooms in the respective hotels. Apart from this, another 60 rooms will be reserved for the Municipal Corporation and the search is on for that. The officials of the Municipal Corporation are constantly in touch with the hotel owners and they are being instructed not to reserve the rooms in the hotel for anyone else during the period of 18th to 31st December.
Although the legislative session will be held in Belgaum from December 19 to 30, the hotel rooms will be occupied by the municipality from December 18 to 31. As a result, hotel owners are likely to face difficulty in organizing New Year celebrations on December 31 this year. Last year, the session ended on December 24.
At that time, the hotel owner had given 90 percent of the rooms for conventions, while 10 percent of the rooms were reserved for his regular customers.
Meanwhile, hotel owners have been advised that if they want to make a room available for someone else in the respective hotels during the convention, they will have to take advance permission from the Municipal Corporation or the District Collector.