HYDERABAD: The Centre is planning to start an institute of hotel management at Tirupati and an Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism Management at Nellore.

This was disclosed to reporters here by Tourism Minister J. Geeta Reddy after reviewing the activities of the National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (NITHM) here on Monday.

Describing the institute as a pioneering one, she desired that it should act as the ‘think-tank’ and wanted national and international seminars to be organised in tourism and hospitality management.

The Minister advised the institute to hold training programmes to promote rural tourism and generate employment, particularly involving women self-help groups.

She said a 150-room four-star hotel under public-private partnership would come up on the NITHM campus. Tenders for the project were under process.

NITHM, set up in 2001, conducts a two-year MBA (tourism & hospitality), a four-year BBA (tourism & hospitality) and a four-year BHM & TC (Bachelor of Hotel Management & Catering Technology).

So far four batches of MBA students had completed the course. and found placement in reputed organisations through campus recruitment.

A press release said the institute had submitted an application to Centre for making it the nodal agency for training.

It proposed cash awards ranging from Rs.2,500 to Rs.5,000 to meritorious children of employees, who passed X, Inter and degree examinations.