Hotel owners in India have to deal with a new challenge when it comes to keeping their hotels safe and clean: the rising numbers of hotel guests.
The hotels, which have been in existence for over a century, have become an essential part of the Indian economy, providing a steady income to keep the economy running.
But the problem has become a lot more than just a problem of keeping the hotels clean, they also face a huge threat to their safety.
According to the Indian Express, there have been at least 656 hotel fires since the start of the year.
While the exact number of hotels that have been destroyed has not been known, there is no doubt that the numbers are staggering.
According to data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), from January 1 to December 31, 2017, there were 551 hotel fires.
In contrast, the same period in 2016, there had been 2,741 hotel fires, with a total of 4,065 fires.
According a senior police officer in Mumbai, “We’ve already got a total loss of nearly Rs 1,200 crore in hotels in the past three months.”
A large number of fires also occur during the monsoon season, when the number of people arriving in the country increases exponentially.
“Hotel owners have been very cautious with the fire safety measures,” a police officer told the Indian news outlet.
“The issue of fires is a big problem for us and we have to do everything we can to make sure that we have a fire safe environment,” the officer added.
The issue has been highlighted by the Indian hotel association, which in the last few weeks has been working with the hotels association to improve their fire safety.
As a result of the discussions, the Association of Hotels of India has proposed a three-pronged approach.
The first step would be to increase the safety of hotel rooms by making fire prevention and control more effective.
The second step would also be to ensure that hotel owners have enough money to pay the costs of fire safety training.
The third step would see the construction of more fire-proof rooms.