FHRAI concludes Interactive Webinar with Sh. Tarun Bajaj, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance
The apex body of Hotels and Restaurants - Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) recently, concluded its fourteenth webinar with Shri. Tarun Bajaj, I.A.S. Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
During the webinar, the Secretary discussed the major steps taken by the Government to provide relief to the Hospitality sector from the devastating effects of COVID - 19. He also shared his views and stated that more than moratorium, which is like postponing today's liabilities to a future date, it is better for hoteliers to go for restructuring of existing loans which would give a clear indication of the money to be paid and in what time period.

The panel of FHRAI have expressed their bitter experiences with financial institutions which are, in their opinion, not cooperating with the debtors to get their obligations restructured as per the guidelines given by the regulator under the relief schemes.

Responding to the concern raised by the FHRAI, the Secretary said that the government is ready to interfere, if the association raises specific issues and cases with details of the account, the bank involved, branch details. He also assured all possible support from the Ministry of Finance to the members of the hospitality industry to overcome the crisis.

The session was moderated by Sh. Pradeep Shetty, Joint Honorary Secretary, FHRAI and the panellist were Sh. Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, Vice President, FHRAI; Sh. Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, President, HRANI & Vice President FHRAI; Sh. DVS Somaraju, Treasurer, FHRAI and Sh. S.P.Jain, Former Executive Committee Member, FHRAI.
HRANI and IRCTC partnership gains traction
Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), had signed a MoU, under which HRANI hotel members would be able to list their room rate and inventory on IRCTC booking engine portal. The objective of signing the MoU has been to promote domestic tourism and reduce the customer acquisition cost.

As per the MOU between HRANI and IRCTC, the HRANI member has been entitled for 50 percent discount on a one-time integration charge of Rs 20000/- plus tax. Individual Members need to pay an amount of Rs 10000/- plus tax to IRCTC for integration on the booking portal of IRCTC. Also, a reduced commission of 10 percent will be charged by IRCTC from the listed Member Unit of HRANI.

The members can directly integrate with IRCTC. An EOI for the same is available on the websites of both HRANI & IRCTC. Enclosure of current HRANI membership certificate is mandatory to avail the benefit of subsidized cost.

I am happy that our members have started taking the benefit of this HRANI & IRCTC partnership and are listing their room inventory on IRCTC portal stated Sh. Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, President, HRANI and Vice President, FHRAI. I firmly believe that it will help our hotel members to reduce the customer acquisition cost in a big way and will create a win-win situation for both the hoteliers as well as the end consumers added Sh. Jaiswal.

"Its an honour to be associated with Irctc and I am sure that it is going to be one of the leading and efficient OTA"S in the country. People in India have more trust on IRCTC rather than the other facilitators. In fact this is the case with hotels also as their commission and accounting is clean & as per the contract which isn't with other
OTA"S. A leading company in regard to the Rail tickets and other related services is surely going to benefit the industry and will also facilitate the guest. I wish them all the very best for future and will always render the support as and when required."
Puneet Saxena
General Manager, Hotel Uberoi Anand, Bareilly
It's a privilege to get associated with IRCTC the most trusted travel platform & with its new initiative of Indian Online Travel portal for booking rooms in line with "AATMA NIRBHAR BHARAT" it's going to be undoubtedly the biggest arena for boosting up the hotel sector with ease of customer.
The history itself proves the belief we INDIANS have on IRCTC which will help in the run to get the faith of billion of INDIANS to accelerate this new initiative. A leading company with its transparency will help hotels to go ahead hand on hand with trust and beliefs. Ramada By Wyndham Lucknow Hotel and Convention Centre feels proud to get associated with IRCTC in this immortal Journey.
Chandrashekhar Subudhi
General Manager, Ramada Lucknow
HRANI writes for Implementation of Uttar Pradesh Tourism Policy
While thanking the Principal Secretary Tourism and Culture, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh for sparing valuable time for the web meeting with HRANI held on September 27, 2020, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) has sent request for Implementation of Uttar Pradesh Tourism Policy 2018 for the Declaration of Tourism as Industry & Waiver of land use conversion and development charges to both New Tourism Units and Existing Tourism Units undergoing expansion of more than 50 percent of its existing capacities.

The request letter lists to issue an advisory / order for implementation of Tourism Policy 2018 and declaration of tourism as Industry by extending all benefits of industries to the Tourism and Hospitality establishments & to issue a clarification by allowing the waiver of land use conversion and development charges to both New Tourism Units and Existing Tourism Units in line with the definitions mentioned in the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Policy 2018.

Pursuant to the advisory issued by Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India for providing the reliefs, the association has also written to Uttar Pradesh Tourism department for Relief from property tax by reducing the current rates by half (50%) for hotels and hospitality establishment for a suitable period during the current financial year and Relief from Regulatory Compliances under State Law.

The letter was sent to Sh. Mukesh Kumar Meshram, Principal Secretary Tourism & Culture, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh to help & support the hospitality sector taking up the issues with the Nagar Nigam / Municipal Corporations and concerned agencies.
  • Relief from property tax by reducing the current rates by half (50%) for hotels and hospitality establishments for a suitable period during the current financial year.

  • Relief from regulatory compliances under State Laws or Central Laws being implemented by the States including Bye laws. Municipal Bye laws, Rules and Regulations by extending the validity of various licenses and approvals without levy of any fees for a suitable period.
HRANI organises FOSTAC Virtual Training for Food handlers
In view of COVID-19 pandemic, FSSAI has introduced an online course of FoSTaC comprising content, online assessment and compulsory training on COVID-19 precautions. To be eligible to conduct FOSTAC programme through e-platform, FSSAI has formulated separate SOP's for Training Partners.

Continuing the efforts of spreading awareness amongst FBOs and members, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) successfully concluded its virtual FOSTAC training session for food handlers. The association has built a bridge for the hospitality professionals to enhance their food safety knowledge which has been set by the FSSAI and in turn practically implement the highest standards of food safety in their units.

While conducting the session Dr. Vikas Gupta, Professor, Amity University gave a detailed presentation on the requirements of "FOSTAC-Advance Catering" with examples and case studies for better understanding.

As per FSSAI training guidelines, the training has to be conducted through virtual mode and as an 'training partner' we are following the FSSAI guidelines & ensuring that the module meets the expectations in terms of being interactive including team involvement. Our initiative of conducting virtual training is appreciated by our trainee participants & I am happy to share their valuable feedback posted to us stated Ms Renu Thapliyal Secretary General, HRANI.

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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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