Senior delegates of the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) welcomed G.Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North-Eastern Region, and emphasised the urgent need for government intervention in the hospitality sector's revival in India.
The Association provided the Minister with a thorough wish list for the hospitality industry, outlining concerns and proposals for the sector's resurrection. Mr Pradeep Shetty, Jt. Hon. Secretary, D V S Somaraju, Hon. Treasurer, and Vinod Gulati, Executive Committee Member, represented the FHRAI.
“We appreciate the Hon'ble Minister taking the time to meet us, and the tourism sector warmly welcomes him as the new Minister. We informed him of the reality of the hospitality industry and presented him with a thorough report outlining the key goals for its restoration. The epidemic has devastated the hospitality business, and we have underlined the most pressing changes that the government must implement in our wish list to the Minister," said Pradeep Shetty, FHRAI's Jt. Hon. Secretary
"The FHRAI has underlined the need of providing assistance to the sector through the EPCG and SEIS programmes, GST rationalisation, infrastructure and industry status, and other essential legislative changes such as the Ease of Doing Business in the Hospitality Sector. We've also told the Minister about the problems the sector is facing from Copyright Societies, OTAs, and FSAs,” he added.
The Minister emphasised that tourism and hospitality are critical pillars for the country's development, and he pledged to guarantee that the industry receives as much attention and assistance as possible from the government. He promised to work on the concerns raised by FHRAI in order to help the tourist and hospitality sectors recover from the pandemic's catastrophic effects. He also pledged the Tourism Ministry's full assistance in removing any obstacles and implementing changes wherever feasible to speed up the sector's recovery and vowed to meet with industry stakeholders at regular intervals to solicit their feedback. G. Kishan Reddy further stated that the Ministry will issue a National Tourism Policy with a road plan in the near future.
“In addition to the economic difficulties brought on by the pandemic, the hotel industry is beset by a slew of external issues that are stifling a healthy business climate. We humbly urge that the government lend us a hand and assist us to level the playing field by proposing suitable policy reforms in conjunction with relevant ministries and authorities,” concluded D V S Somaraju, Hon. Treasurer, FHRAI.
Source: Hotelier India