2010 Commonwealth Games Accommodation
Free accommodation is one of the traditional Commonwealth Games Services provided to participating athletes. As far as 2010 Commonwealth Games accommodation is concerned, it is one of the two major issues raising doubts over the preparedness of Delhi to hold the games there. According to a review conducted by Union Ministry of Tourism, there is an acute shortage of hotel rooms required for accommodating athletes during Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Out of 9,500 rooms required for October 2010 games, only 3,952 have been confirmed making only 41% of total rooms needed. These rooms must be available in the Capital and National Capital Region (NCR) including Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad during the grand sporting event of Commonwealth Games 2010.
The deadline for the completion of accommodations would be expired in March 2010, while about 6,500 rooms are yet to be confirmed before it. The purpose behind fixing a deadline six to seven prior to the onset of actual event is to facilitate the domestic and foreigner tourists to make bookings easily. According to another estimation made by the Ministry of Tourism, about 40,000 rooms would be required to fully accommodate the huge influx of tourists during CWG 2010, out of which 10,150 are already available while almost same number of rooms are under construction. The rest will make their way in various guesthouses and other such buildings in the city.
Not only the building or renovation of these rooms is enough to present a world class accommodation standard, also the services provided in these rooms have being upgraded and related staff have been given special training under the ministry’s plan of capacity building for service provider. Home stays was another option suggested last year to accommodate the coming tourists but there is no update given in this regard till present. The Ministry would be taking continuous notice of each and every issue related to the accommodation facilities for CWG 2010 to avoid any mishap and to assure leaving a very positive impact about India’s hospitality in the minds of thousands of foreigner coming to explore Delhi during the mega sporting event of Commonwealth Games 2010.