The Indian Economy Blog

May 7, 2008

165 licenses

Filed under: Business — Arjun Swarup @ 5:31 pm

The Four Seasons launches in Mumbai.

This bit is stunning -

Bureaucracy and a shortage of skilled workers make building hotels difficult – the opening of the Four Seasons was delayed by at least two years. The hotel needed 165 government permits – including a special licence for the vegetable weighing scale in the kitchen and one for each of the bathroom scales put in guest rooms. In the end, the hotel cost $100m (euro 64.5m, pound 51m), or about $500,000 per room, and prices – which start at $500 per night rising to more than $1,000 – reflect that

(Emphasis mine).

Cross posted on Smoke Signals and my blog.


  1. [...] points one hotel in Mumbai needed 165 licences to open [...]

    Pingback by Assorted Links « Mostly Economics — May 8, 2008 @ 10:09 am

  2. 165 looks astronomical!!!

    Comment by Sridhar Oruganti — May 9, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

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