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French hotels to apply for coveted fifth star

Latest update : 2008-12-18

French hotels could soon join the elite five-star ranking, the country's tourism department said. The current highest category is currently limited to four-star luxury.

AFP - France's top hotels, whose highest category is currently limited to four-star luxury, can next month apply for the coveted five-star rating, officials said Wednesday.

"The categories haven't changed in 22 years," Tourism Minister Herve Novelli told reporters. "Hotel classification in the world's top tourist destination can no longer suffer from the lack of comparison with its main competitors."

The future classification will go from one star to five star, with the zero star category being eliminated.

The government is also considering a five-star premium rating for some of the country's internationally renowned luxury hotels in Paris or the French Riviera, said the minister.

Date created : 2008-12-17

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