HRANI's latest FoSTaC Session concludes in Udaipur
Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) recently concluded its 27th Food Safety Training & Certification (FoSTaC) program on June 5, 2018 at The Leela Palace, Udaipur.

HRANI has so far trained and certified nearly 1000 hospitality professionals in the Northern region under FSSAI's Master Trainer and Supervisor Training Programmes. Each program has been witnessing good participation and every session has imparted new knowledge to hoteliers and restaurateurs in food safety and hygiene.
FOSTAC @ Udaipur
Food handlers from various restaurants and hotels attended the session for their mandatory FOSTAC certification. Sh Ravi Kant Patel, Master Trainer certified by FSSAI who is also the Executive Sous Chef with HRH Group of Hotels elucidated the importance of maintaining food hygiene standards in hotels and restaurants.
Ms. Renu Thapliyal, Secretary General of HRANI was also a part of the session. During her address, she put forth her views on food hygiene and commended FSSAI for the incredible success of the initiative. She also thanked the management of The Leela Palace, Udaipur for hosting the session. Contributing to the 1st year completion celebrations of FoSTaC in the month of May, 2018, HRANI conducted two more Food Safety Training and Certification Programs.
FOSTAC @ New Delhi
On May 23, 2018, the second session was held at The Oberoi, New Delhi. The widely known celebrity Chef who is also the Corporate Executive Chef with Radisson Hotel Group, Mr. Rakesh Sethi was the guest trainer. He was accompanied by Ms. Pritha Tripathi, Scientist (IV), (Training), FSSAI.
Mr. Rakesh Sethi kept the participants engaged in the session, and shared with them his valuable experience of having been in the industry for a long time. The session was well attended by food experts and handlers of hospitality industry. HRANI acknowledges the support of Executive Chef, Mr Rohit Gambhir and the management of The Oberoi for hosting the program.
As it has now been made mandatory by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for all food businesses that have Central or State Licence to have at least one trained and certified food handler for every 25 food handlers in all their premises, the FOSTAC certified Food Safety Supervisor will be a conduit between FSSAI and the Food Business Operator.
FOSTAC @ Faridabad
On May 19, 2018, the session was held at Radisson Blu, Faridabad, where the faculty comprised of eminent trainer Mr. Vikas Gupta, who is a Professor in School of Hospitality at Amity University (Noida). The Eros Group hosted the session. While welcoming the participants at the session, Ms. Renu Thapliyal Secretary General HRANI said,
"We are happy to be a part of the FOSTAC family as Training Partners and celebrating the FOSTAC anniversary. This step taken towards food safety will go a long way in enhancing customer experience and generating credibility for the food industry."
Shimla Water Shortage Normalised: Guest Service is our Prime Concern, President HRANI
The hospitality industry in Shimla took a hard hit due to the recent water supply shortage. Unfortunately, the scarcity of water in the capital of Himachal Pradesh happened to collide with the tourist season in the city. The matter was taken seriously by government officials and measures to bring back water supply to normal were taken. Shri. Jairam Thakur, CM, Himachal Pradesh held a meeting with senior officers of the state government to review the situation.
Mr. Sanjay Sood, President HRANI, in a press statement affirmed that the shortage in water supply in Shimla was back to normal. He assured that "there shouldn't be any apprehensions in visiting the city as Guest Service is the prime concern of hospitality industry." He further explained that adequate arrangements have been made by the state government to bring back normal water supply to hotels and restaurants.
On behalf of HRANI's and the hospitality fraternity he acknowledged the intervention of Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri. Jairam Thakur, and Shri. Sanjay Karol, Acting Chief Justice, in ensuring proper water supply and distribution to hotels.
Mr. Sood also requested the media to highlight through its reports that the situation has come back to normal so that inflow of tourists which had been deterred due to the unfortunate situation regains momentum.
Adding a plea to the citizens of the nation he said "as responsible citizens, let us pledge to save and conserve natural resources." He emphasised that everyone should adopt the mantra 'Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse'.
53rd FHRAI Convention to be held from 20th to 22nd September, 2018 at Ramada Lucknow
FHRAI Annual Convention has established itself as being among the most eagerly anticipated and widely attended events in the Asian hospitality industry. The 53rd Annual Convention will be held from 20th to 22nd September, 2018 at Ramada Lucknow, Hotel and Convention Centre. The theme chosen for the event is "Spiritual & Wellness Tourism: Look Within India". Tourism is poised to serve as a pivotal pillar for revitalising "Brand India" and driving our country's transformational future growth. In this context, the FHRAI Convention will aim to facilitate a multifarious dialogue on how all stakeholders can converge and synergise their efforts, experience, and expertise, towards achieving the shared goal of catapulting India to its rightful position of being a world leader in tourism.
The FHRAI Annual Convention will be inaugurated by Shri. Yogi Adityanath, Hon'ble CM Uttar Pradesh as Chief Guest. The event will witness the gracious presence of Hon'ble MOS (independent charge) Ministery of Tourism Shri Alphons Kannanthanam, Tourism Minister of Uttar Pradesh Smt. Rita Bahuguna Joshi, and Smt. Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of the Art of Living Foundation and Acharya Balakrishna, CEO of Patanjali Yogpeeth will bestow honour on the event as special guests. Shri Awanish Kumar Awasthi, IAS, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh is the patron of the event.
FHRAI annual convention brings together a broad cross section of influential voices, iconic thought leaders, distinguished dignitaries from Government and luminaries of the tourism industry, for enriching deliberations on myriad strategic, competitive and policy issues shaping the sector. Around 1000 delegates from India and abroad are expected to attend and engage with top policymakers, doyens of industry, illustrious entrepreneurs, global experts, investors, eminent representatives from civil society and media.
Heli-Taxi Services from Chandigarh to Shimla to Start from 4th June
In order to pump Heli-tourism between Chandigarh and Shima, the government of Himachal Pradesh and Pawan Hans (a helicopter service based in Delhi) joined hands to start heli-taxi services. The services will start from the 4th of June and will be available on Mondays and Fridays.
A spokesperson of Chandigarh International Airport Ltd. stated that "after seeing the response from the public, the frequency of chopper rides will be increased." It will be a 20 minute flight between the two destinations. From Shimla, the chopper will take off at 8:00AM and will reach Chandigarh at 8:20AM. For the ones travelling from Chandigarh to Shimla, the chopper will take off at 9:00AM from Chandigarh airport and reach Shimla at 9:20AM.
The minimum fair per passenger is Rs.2,999 and the chopper is said to have a capacity of 20 people. It takes around three and a half hours to travel from Shimla to Chandigarh, the chopper or heli-taxi service will cut short the travel time between the two cities considerably.
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Government not Ready to Budge 28% GST Tax on Luxury Hotels
The hotel industry has been ceaselessly lobbying against the GST slab of 28% on luxury hotels since the government rolled out these tax slabs. Though the government is of the view that the 28% GST applies to a few hotels in the country, the said percentage of tax on luxury hotels with tariffs of Rs. 7500 and above makes India as one of the most taxed countries in the world for hotels.
A govt. official said, "It's affecting less than 10% of the hotel supply. In other hotel categories, tax rates have been reduced by about 2-3% across states. So hoteliers in other categories are not complaining. Unless revenue stabilises from GST, they are not going to make a case to reduce it."
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About Us
Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) is the northern wing of the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) - an apex body of the hospitality sector. HRANI, founded in 1950 by Legend Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi, represents hotels, restaurants, tourism industry & travel trade of all nine states of Northern India i.e. Delhi, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh. It was conceived with an idea to give Hoteliers and Restaurateurs in Northern India a common forum for interaction. With an active membership base from the hospitality industry and allied sectors, HRANI is assisting its members to create a conducive environment to tap the vast potential of hospitality industry in Northern India.
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