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About this article: Different Stars Levels and The Staring System: Hotel stars

Hotels are rated by star levels to show what quality they carry. The maximum star rating a hotel can get is 5-star, which means it's a luxury hotel.

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Different stars levels and the staring system
With the rapid increase of world travel how hotel classifications differ across the world has been discussed at so many forums and has in recent years become a focus of discussion by the World Tourism Organization. Classification system was originally introduced to ensure a safe secure lodging for travelers as this will give onus on the management to take responsibility for the safety of their guests. This is also the tool that will be used to apply by the government to monitor control of value added taxes as the rate would differ according to the classification of the hotel.

Star rating system is used throughout the world but in some instances diamonds and crowns are also used. However, regardless of the symbol used the categories are devised by breaking into 5 categories of basic, economy, mid market, superior, luxury and with the recent introduction of the self acclaimed 6 and 7 star category hotels which can be categorized as super luxury. The rating starts from 0 to 5 in ascending order. With local and international travel increasing rapidly a unified starring system is being discussed, but it is yet to be seen how effective this would be. However tour operators seem to have their own mechanism to gauge a hotel and devise their own classification which may not be similar to the classification with which a hotel is already identified with.

There are many hotels which should have a higher rating but due to the lack of one small amenity, has been denied the classification that it deserves. The starring system will be based on the facilities and amenities available and also the standard and condition of rooms and building, security of the hotel, quality of food and beverages, décor and ambiance of the hotel.

However advantageous it may seem to have a unified starring system internationally it may not be as feasible as proposed due to the individual preferences of the nationalities. It doesn't seem to have a ice making machine on the floor a priority in Portugal whose priority may be to have good cigars at the reception. There is much local travel and it is therefore difficult to cater to a particular segment of travelers. Further the cost of unification may also be very high and eventually this cost will also be passed on to the guest who may not have the need for some of the amenities and facilities that may be offered due to international standardization but end up paying for a service that has no need.

Though international standardization is important, what may be better is to base the classification on what is common to all nationalities such as standard of the rooms and the common facilities that are required for anyone.
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