Delay In Classification Of Gujarat & Chhattisgarh Hotels Hurting Business; FHRAI Requests MoT For Early Resolution
New Delhi, Jan 04: The country’s apex hospitality Association - Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has submitted a representation to Shri Arvind Singh, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism (MoT) explaining concerns faced
New Delhi, Jan 04: The country’s apex hospitality Association – Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has submitted a representation to Shri Arvind Singh, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism (MoT) explaining concerns faced by hotels in the States of Gujarat and Chhattisgarh over delay in the classification of 1, 2 and 3 star hotels. Pending from the last 3 to 6 months, hotels in these States that are seeking either re-classification or classification of their properties are facing enormous hardships. With licenses having expired or being due for renewal, including that of liquor license, most hotels are not able to renew the licenses due to the delay in the classification process. Having suffered massive losses over the last couple of years of the pandemic, the FHRAI has requested the MoT for an early resolution.
“Our members in the States of Gujarat and Chhattisgarh have informed us that the classification of 1, 2, and 3 star hotels have been pending for quite some time now. As a consequence, this is adversely affecting the operations of the requisite category of hotels and the hotels are facing enormous hardships since their applications are not being processed. We request the MoT to resolve the matter for the hotel establishments at the earliest,”Mr Jaison Chacko, Secretary General, FHRAI.
FHRAI has stated that the delay may be because the process of scrutiny has shifted to the Ministry of Tourism at New Delhi instead of it happening at the State level as it was previously done. The apex Association has suggested to the Ministry to consider extending the validity of existing classification in the interim to enable the hotels to renew requisite licenses for hotels to continue uninterrupted operations.
“The licenses of most of the hotels have either expired or are due for renewal, including that of liquor license. However, due to delays in the classification process, the hotels are unable to renew their licenses. After facing two tough tourist seasons due to the pandemic, the hospitality sector has been looking forward for some business revival in the current tourist season. However, such long delays and pendency are creating hindrances in hotel operations and affecting business adversely. In the larger interest of tourism and hospitality in the two States, we request the ministry to consider extending the validity of existing classification to enable hotels to renew the requisite licenses,”Mr Jaison Chacko, Secretary General, FHRAI.
About Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI):
The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) is the apex body of the Indian Hospitality industry. Founded in 1955, the FHRAI is the third-largest Hospitality association in the world and has diligently built on its rich legacy. The Association is today privileged to serve as the leading voice of the hotel and restaurant industry and plays a seminal role in supporting the growth trajectory of India’s hospitality and tourism sector. FHRAI provides a vibrant interface between the industry, government, regulatory bodies, academia, international organizations, civil society and the media.