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NATIONAL STANDARD ACCOMMODATION SCHEME PROPOSED

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Preparations are underway to draw up a single standard accommodation scheme which would be promoted and acknowledge...
Preparations are underway to draw up a single standard accommodation scheme which would be promoted and acknowledged by all tourism organisations.

The English Tourist Board (ETB), the Automobile Association (AA) and the Royal Automobile Club (RAC), currently operate different schemes for the standards of tourist accommodation. Customer research shows that visitors are often confused by the number of existing schemes and what each one means.

Mike Anderton, chairman of Wyre BC's leisure and tourism committee, said 'It is hoped that a single scheme will be in place by the year 2000. This would help eliminate confusion and ensure that customers know exactly what quality of accommodation to expect'.

It is proposed to adopt 2 separate standards each with ratings of 1-5:

1. The standards for guest houses, inns, farmhouses and B&B's will be based primarily on the quality of what is provided.

2. The ratings for hotels will reflect both the range and quality of facilities and services provided.

The final new standards will be announced once all relevant organisations have been consulted.

Tom Pridmore, the council's countryside, leisure and tourism officer said 'Generally speaking a harmonised accommodation scheme would present better value for money and meet the expectations of individual customers'.

Participation in the scheme remains voluntary and independent schemes for Scotland and Wales will continue. There is a growing belief however, that classification within an accommodation scheme should be compulsory and include the whole of the UK.

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