FHRAI President seeks infrastructure and industry status for Hotel
Nov 12: The new FHRAI President, Mr Rajesh Mishra, has demanded
infrastructure and industry status for the hotel industry.
after being elected as the President of the Federation of Hotel
and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), Mr Mishra also sought
uniform code of taxation for the hotels and restaurants spread all
over the country.
other members of the new FHRAI executive team, which were elected
on Sunday, are: Mr R S Bedi, Mr M P Purushothaman and Mr Rajindera
Kumar (Vice Presidents); Mr S P Jain (Honorary Secretary); Dr Sunil
Gulati (Honorary Treasurer) and Mr K Syama Raju (Joint Honorary
Mishra took over from the outgoing president, Mr Manbeer Choudhary.
get the industry status to the hotel industry, Mr Mishra said the
Central Government must amend the Industrial Development and Registration
Act 1956 to give benefits to the hotel sector.
meet the rising demand for hotel rooms in the country, the new President
said the Government must adopt public-private partnership model
whereby it can take 25 per cent stake in the hotel.
further, he said the government can sell the share to the hotel
owners three years later. "If the hotel does not perform well,
then the government can take it back and re-sell it someone else.
This way the land can be saved from going in the hands of speculators."
also called for giving a chance to meritorious people in the PPP
model. "Otherwise those who have wealth will continue to expand
FHRAI Secretary General, Mr Kamal Sharma, informed that at age 44
Mr Mishra is the youngest president of the Federation. "Mr
Mishra is also a qualified charter accountant, company secretary
and a lawyer," he added.
Sharma said "Mr Mishra's election as the President will give
a great impetus and boost to the FHRAI."
Mishra said the hotels and restaurants should be brought under the
essential services act so that sudden political bandhs do not disrupt
the life of the tourists.
president said time has to develop the budget hotels in the country.
"The tourism policy should lay stress on the budget hotels
and the government should promote them by giving them more tax benefits."
gets youngest-ever President
DELHI, Nov 12: The new FHRAI President, Mr Rajesh Mishra, is the
youngest President of FHRAI. He is a highly qualified finance person
and his qualifications include B.Com (Hons.) from University of
Kolkata, Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountant
of India and Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries
of India. He also holds the Bachelor of Law degree from the University
Mishra is on of the prominent members of both FHRAI and HRAEI and
has held many important members of both FHRAI and HRAEI and has
held many important positions in the last few years. He served as
Honorary Secetary HRAEI for 4 years. He served as the Honorary Treasurer
of the FHRAI from 2003 to 2005 and as Honorary Joint Secretary more
recently in the year 2005-06. Other than being actively involved
with FHRAI and HRAEI, he is the President of Linguistic Association
of India and an active member of Confederation of Indian Industry
has 21 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He is successfully
running his chain as Managing Director in the brand name of Mishra's,
an ISO 9001 : 2000 Company. Mishras is a very popular brand in Eastern
India. They have four branches; two at Kolkata, one at Durgapur
and a Three Star Hotel at Darjeeling. There are 2 projects in collaboration
with West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Limited, a Government
of West Bengal Undertaking.
being a guiding force in the matters of hospitality industry, Mr.
Mishra in his intellectual pursuit also takes great interest in
both national and international matters and is a prolific writer.
He is often invited by the leading television and radio channels
for his views on topics concerning Tourism industry, Union Budget
and Financial markets at both State and National level.
Mishra is contributing significantly towards the poor and under
priviledged of the society. He is associated with an NGO imparting
free and subsidized education for over 700 under privileged children
in Dist. Azamgarh, U.P. He is also the Vice President of reputed
Heart Centre of Kolkata catering to the poor and middle class people.
Punbaj Governor opens FHRAI convention
Nov 10: The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen S F Rodrigues
(Retd) on Friday urged the entrepreneurs to strengthen the tourism
infrastructure in the region and help develop Chandigarh as a hub
of sustained tourism growth.
the three-day FHRAI convention here, Gen Rodrigues offered a joint
venture to the hotel industry to a mutual partnership for developing
quality tourism in the region.
his address, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda,
called for investment in developing the budget hotels that has a
in view the growing demand for trained manpower for tourism and
hotel industry, the Haryana Tourism Minister, Ms Kiran Choudhary,
said the State is setting up hotel management institutes under the
begin with, she said two institutes were being set up at Rohtak
and Faridabad for which prospective entrepreneurs have been short-listed
and the process was at an advanced stage of finalization.
who spoke on the occasion included the FHRAI president, Mr Manbeer
Choudhary and the Chairman of the Convention Committee, Mr B B Bahl.
mulls European-style budget hotels
Nov 10: The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda has
stressed the need for investment in the sector of budget hotels
saying that this area has vast potential in Haryana too where tourism
was being promoted in a big way.
Chief Minister, who was speaking at the 42nd Annual Convention of
the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI)
on the theme of "MissionTourism-Incredible India", here
today, said that even during his recent visit to Europe he had seen
that budget hotels have great future.
Hooda said that he was going ahead to talk to the manufacturers
of Spyker Cars as while in Netherlands recently, the Managing Director
of Spyker Cars had expressed his desire to invest in Haryana to
set up a manufacturing unit near Delhi and was also interested in
developing a racing track including a specialized track for Formula
projects would further encourage the setting up of a number of budget
hotels in the adjoining areas, especially around Delhi, he added.
referring to the issue of plots for budget hotels raised by the
President of the FHRAI, Mr Manbeer Choudhary, Mr Hooda said that
Haryana already has a large number of applications pending with
it, therefore, it would not advertise for setting up of budget hotels.
Hooda said that the scenario of tourism was fast changing globally
and the region too had vast potential. Although Haryana lacked in
natural spots yet ample potential for promotion of tourism was being
created at several places in the State as tourism industry could
also generate ample employment opportunities.
trying hard to create artificial spots in Haryana, the Government
has taken steps to project Kurukshetra as a place of pilgrimage
and great tourist attraction on the international map. Other such
places like Panipat and Pehowa too were being promoted because of
State's rich cultural heritage, he added.
said that Haryana surrounded the National Capital of Delhi from
three sides and the holding of ensuing Commonwealth Games would
give tremendous boost to tourism in the State. While referring to
the potential of tourism sector for investment, he narrated an incidence
saying that once he was asked about the difference between the new
and old generations. He said his reply was that the new generation
is in a hurry to earn as well as to spend whereas the old generation
was not in such a hurry.
Haryana Minister of State for Tourism, Mrs Kiran Choudhry, said
that keeping in view the growing demand for trained manpower for
tourism and hotel industry, Haryana Government has decided to set
up new institutes of hotel management at various places in the State
in public-private partnership.
begin with, two such institutes were being set up at Rohtak and
Faridabad for which prospective entrepreneurs have been short listed
and the process was at an advanced stage of finalisation. In case
of other places, she said, the Government was identifying suitable
land for the purpose and an advertisement seeking expression of
interest from the private sector would be issued accordingly.
also invited the entrepreneurs attending the convention to join
hands with the State Government in this endeavour. She said that
the Government was also in the process
of formulating a tourism policy in consultation with private sector
and other Government Departments so as to tap the potential of tourism
and project the State as tourism destination.
said that an upto date strategy was being devised to market, position
and jointly develop Kurukshetra on the international tourist map
in public-private partnership. A piece of land measuring six acres
has already been allocated to the International Society of Krishna
Consciousness (ISKCON) to build a unique temple highlighting the
glory of Lord Krishna and the eternal and timeless wisdom of Bhagvadgita.
referring to the arrangements being made for 2010 Commonwealth Games
in Delhi, she said that the Union Tourism Ministry expected about
90,000 visitors during the games out of which about 35,000 people
would require hotel accommodation. Haryana has been required to
commission about 10,000 rooms in the periphery of Delhi before 2010.
efforts were being made through State's land allocating agencies
like Haryana Urban Development Authority and Haryana State Industrial
and Infrastructure Development Corporation to make adequate number
of rooms available prior to these games.
President of the FHRAI, Mr Manbeer Choudhary said that Haryana was
a leading State in creation of shopping malls and a lot of developmental
activity was going on in Haryana under the leadership of Chief Minister
Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Hooda also inaugurated Hospitality India-2006, an exhibition organised
on the occasion. He went around various stalls aimed at promoting
tourism in the region and displaying gadgets and cutlery for hospitality
sector. He evinced interest in some of the products displayed there.
plans to set up special tourism zones
Nov 10: The Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, has proposed the
setting up of a Special Tourism Zone (STZ) at various parts of the
country to give a boost to the tourism industry.
this, Union Tourism Secretary, Mr A K Mishra said that under the
ministry's proposal, the state governments could identify the land
and, through the single window process, could encourage private
companies to venture in a public -private partnership. He was speaking
at the national convention of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant
Association of India (FHRAI) being organised here.
on the development of budget hotels in the country, Mishra said
with the economic growth in the last decade, business hotels with
high tariff rates have seen a surge but budget hotels which are
affordable for Indian tourists and for leisure tourism are still
we do not concentrate on budget hotels, where the tariff is between
$50 to $150 for a day, our country may loose the race to countries
like Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka where such facilities are
in plenty,'' he added.
said that the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Railways, Ministry
of Civil Aviation and the state governments have to work in tandem
to boost tourism and raise infrastructure in the country. "Land-owing
agencies must adopt proactive land policy whereby land could be
given by way of lease on annual rental basis," he said.
K Goel, Managing Director of the Indian Railways' Catering and Tourism
Corporation (IRCTC), while making a presentation, highlighted the
roles of the IRCTC in promotion of tourism. He talked about budget
hotels developed by the railways and the luxury trains being started
laid special emphasis on the aspect of maintaining cleanliness and
provision of basic amenities like toilets at the most frequented
tourists destinations in the country.
Managing Director J S Bir highlighted the various projects coming
up for augmenting the nascent tourism sector in the city. An exhibition
for the promotion of tourism is also being organised parallel to
the three-day convention.
convention in images
By Deepak Arora
FHRAI convention in Chandigarh from Nov 10
DELHI, Nov 9: Punjab Governor Gen (Retd) S F Rodrigues
and Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh
Hooda, will inaugurate the three-day annual convention
of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations
of India (FHRAI) on Friday.
42nd convention, which has the theme "Mission
Tourism: Incredible India", is being held
in the City Beautiful, Chandigarh, after a gap
of 12 years, according to Mr Manbeer Choudhary,
top brass and CEOs of the hotel industry in India
and over 700 delegates will participate in the
convention," said Mr B B Bahl, Chairman of
the Convention Organising Committee of FHRAI.
Union Tourism Secretary, Mr A K Misra, and the
Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism,
Mr Sanjay Kothari, would also be participating
in thematic sessions of the convention.
Choudhary said "the convention would be a
meeting point for the top executives and owners
of leading hotel chains in the country and abroad.
This year, the convention would have two distinct
features. One would be highlighting the role of
women entrepreneurs. Second would be launch of
the life-time achievement award."
said another focus area of the convention would
be the participation of prospective investors
who are willing to build hotels in Chandigarh.
"This will open whole gambit of opportunities
for the City Beautiful," he added.
newly appointed Secretary General of FHRAI, Mr
Kamal Sharma, said "the convention will 10
special sessions with special focus on Public-Private
partnership, Budget 2007, Branding opportunity,
Investment opportunities in Northern India, Successful
women in hospitality industry and Synergy among
travel trade and hospitality industry.
Sharma said the Haryana Tourism Minister, Ms Kiran
Choudhary, will address the special session on
"Emergence of vibrant Haryana and investment
opportunities in Haryana".
pay salute to the toil and struggle of women power
in our industry, Mr Choudhary said "we have
planned a special 'women only' panel discussion,
wherein, successful women in the hospitality industry
will share their experiences and motivate other
women to follow in their footsteps."
exhibition 'Hospitality India 2006', which will
showcase products and services from the suppliers,
is being organized at the convention, said Mr