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The Bangladesh Hotels and Restaurants Ordinance, 1982

( Ordinance NO. LII OF 1982 )

2. In this Ordinance, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-
(a) “apprentice” means any person who has contracted with a hotel or restaurant to perform the stipulated apprenticeship in such hotel or restaurant;
(b) “Committee” means the Hotels and Restaurants Advisory Committee constituted under section 4;
(c) “Controller” means a Controller appointed under section 3 and includes a Deputy Controller and Assistant Controller and such other person as may be authorised by the Government, by notification in the official Gazette, to exercise and perform all or any of the powers and functions of the Controller;
(d) “customer” means a person availing facilities offered in a hotel or restaurant on monetary consideration;
(e) “fair rates” means the rates fixed under section 10;
(f) “guest” means a person who is in possession or enjoyment of accommodation provided to him in a hotel on monetary consideration and includes a tourist.
Explanation. In this clause, the word “tourist” means a person travelling for more than twenty four hours but less than six months in a country other than that of his normal residence but shall not include a person arriving to take up an office, occupation or engagement for gain;
(g) “hotel” means a lodging, or boarding and lodging, establishment with a minimum of ten lettable bed rooms, provided for guests on monetary consideration, which conforms to any of the prescribed minimum criteria, but does not include-
(i) a home or hostel which is exclusively or mainly used for the aged or invalid persons or students and is run by, or under the control of, a charitable or educational institution; or
(ii) any rest house, hostel or circuit house exclusively meant for visiting Government officials or officials of other organisations, though run on a commercial basis;
(h) “manager” means the person in charge of the management of a hotel or restaurant;
(i) “owner” means the person who holds title to a hotel or restaurant and is entitled to receive the whole or any part of the earnings received from a guest or customer on account of accommodation or services provided in the hotel or restaurant, and includes a keeper or assignee for the time being discharging the responsibility of the owner in respect of such hotel or restaurant;
(j) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Ordinance;
(k) “public rooms” means rooms in a hotel which are meant for the common use of all guests and customers;
(l) “restaurant” means a public eating house providing standard and variety of cuisines on monetary consideration to customers which conforms to the minimum prescribed criteria having seating arrangements for thirty persons and above;
(m) “service” means any service provided in a hotel or restaurant.

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