India’s apex hospitality association, Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), recently met with G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North-Eastern Region, and submitted a representation with suggestions for the revival and growth of the hospitality industry.
Recommendations include making tourism a national priority sector, according hospitality Infrastructure status, better credit facilities, subsidies and incentives, rationalisation of GST, continuation of EPCG scheme, favourable liquor licence policies, and the need for a platform similar to Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) for hospitality industry, among others. As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, FHRAI and its regional associations have promised their whole-hearted support and proposed organising region-specific food festivals across the country with the support of the Ministry of Tourism. FHRAI has also advised its hotel and restaurant members to display the 75 years of Independence logo of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in their premises and on their stationery.
“With the pandemic restrictions being eased slowly across the country and man being a social animal, people are eager to get out and socialise. The future of culinary tourism is bright in India. People are very aware of the different cuisines and are ready to experiment with the variety to try out good food. It is the right time to take initiatives that can promote tourism in the country. To commemorate 75 years of Indian Independence, we are proposing that FHRAI and its associations with the support of the Tourism Ministry would like to highlight and host 75 regional cuisines in each of the food festivals,” says Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, VP, FHRAI.