FHRAI delegates meet Kishan Reddy; submit comprehensive wish list of hospitality industry
G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North-Eastern Region, met senior delegates of India’s apex Hospitality Association - Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India.
The association presented the minister with a comprehensive list of hospitality industry wishes, highlighting concerns as well as recommendations for revival.
Pradeep Shetty represented FHRAI as joint secretary, D V S Somaraju as treasurer, Vinod Glati as executive committee member, and Pradeep Setty as joint secretary.
FHRAI presented the need for support under EPCG or SEIS schemes, GST Rationalisation, policy reforms. The industry faces challenges from Copyright Societies. FHRAI also submitted presentations on amendments in the Copyright Act. 1957. FHRAI also addresses challenges from Online Travel Aggregators.
Pradeep Shriky, joint secretary, FHRAI said, "We are grateful to minister G Kishan Reddy Garu, for taking the time to meet with us. The industry also welcomes him as the Tourism Minister. We provided information on the reality of the hospitality sector, and we have prepared a detailed representation outlining the top priorities to revive it. The pandemic has ravaged the hospitality sector. In our wish list to the minister, we highlighted the most urgent reforms required by Government. FHRAI has highlighted the need to support the industry under EPCG & SEIS schemes. GST rationalization, infrastructure and industry status granting, and other important reforms such as Ease of Doing Business for the hospitality industry. We have also told the minister about the challenges facing the industry from copyright society as well as from the OTAs.
Minister said that Tourism and Hospitality were one of the key pillars that will drive the nation's economic growth. He promised to work hard to ensure that these sectors receive the maximum attention and support from the government. FHRAI highlighted several issues that the minister assured would be of importance to the revival of tourism and hospitality after the terrible effects of the pandemic. He also pledged full support to the Tourism Ministry for clearing any bottlenecks. G Kishan Reddy also said that the Ministry will shortly release a National Tourism Policy and a Road Map for the sector's rapid recovery.
FHRAI treasurer D V S Somaraju declared, "In addition to the economic crisis resulting from the pandemic," that the hospitality industry was also affected by external factors that are restricting a healthy business environment. We are asking the government to give us a helping hand and establish a level playing area by developing appropriate policy reforms with authorities and ministries.