Conclave of Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern
150 Delegates from
Hospitality Sector registered
The Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) Conclave was successfully held in the National Capital on February
27,2016 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi. The theme of the conclave was "Hospitality & Tourism- Gateway to Growth".
The HRANI Conclave aimed to touch upon the trends and opportunities in the hospitality landscape in the state discussing priorities and
arriving at all potential gateways and drivers of growth in the coming years. The sessions for the Conclave further amplified the heart of
matters revolving around the bigger picture of promotions & developments of hospitality and tourism in the state.
Inaugural Ceremony: The event was inaugurated by Shri. Kapil Mishra, Minister for Tourism, Art, Culture & Languages, Gurudwara
Election & Water.
While addressing the ongoing HRANI Conclave, Mr. Mishra said that the Delhi Government is going to rationalise taxes in the Tourism
sector and major announcement regarding the rationalisation can be expected in the upcoming Delhi Budget 2016-17.
Elaborating the vision, Delhi Tourism Minister revealed that the Government is working on a major Delhi Festival, a 15 day long cultural
event in Delhi to be held in the month of November on the lines of Dubai Festival. The Delhi Government will start major destination
branding activity this year as well.
The Minister further added that the Government is keen to work closely with the Tourism and Hospitality industry to resolve industry
concerns. He said that Delhi's brand image has started improving because of Government initiatives.
Addressing the gathering with his keynote speech, Mr. K. B. Kachru, Chairman, South Asia, Carlson & Rezidor Hotel Group, highlighted
the issues and aspirations of tourism and hospitality sector in Delhi.
Mr. Kachru is responsible for driving the growth of the company’s’ hotels in South Asia and has been instrumental in building the
business in India over the past 15 years.
With his vast experience and expertise, Mr. Kachru pointed out the Potential of Delhi and the ways to make Delhi a ‘Preferred Tourism
destination’ in comparison to International capital cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Rome etc. He also urged the government to join hands
with the industry to tap this potential. Mr. Kachru also apprised, that the government must carve out policies to make the Capital of India
a safe, secure, hygienic & pollution free destination.
Lauding the recent initiatives taken by the new government for the tourism sector, Mr. Luv Malhotra, President HRANI, addressed the
august gathering about Tourism potential of the North India to serve as a major growth engine for the country. He briefed the issues likehigh
luxury tax levied on declared tariff instead of actual, high consent fee by DPCC, multiple licenses etc; plaguing the sector in a timebound
"Highlighting the need for unravelling the huge potential of leisure segment of North India's tourism industry. We need to convert this
latent natural and economic advantage to competitive advantage. States and union territories have to play a pro-active role in realizing
this potential by initiating breakthrough ideas and bringing them to a logical conclusion. It is high time, we portray Delhi as a tourist
destination and work to enhance brand Delhi", said Mr Malhotra.
Welcoming the participants, Mr. S.M. Shervani, Hony. Secretary FAITH, Former President, HRANI & FHRAI said that ,"Delhi has seen
influx of hotel rooms and guest houses and because of it today the Hotels are struggling with their ARR and occupancy percentage."
He also pointed out Delhi's non-competitiveness not only with the world class cities but also with other National Capital Regions of
Gurgaon and Noida.
About HRANI “Hospitality & Tourism Industry - Gateway to Growth” - During the entire Conclave there were various sessions that
comprised of in-depth discussions on the subjects and amplified the heart of matters revolving around the bigger picture of promotions & developments of hospitality and tourism in the state. The sessions held at the HRANI Conclave were titled as follows :
Session 1 - Ease of Doing Business and the Way Forward
Session 2 - Green Hospitality - Striving towards Zero Effect on Environment
Session 3 - Food Safety & Standard (FSS) Act – from Compliance to Conscience
Session 4 - The Art of Online - Dominance or Disruption?
The objective of HRANI Conclave was to synergise the concerned authorities and stakeholders of the capital to chalk out a progressive
agenda in making Delhi as the 'Destination 2016' and the association is hopeful that the conclave has somewhat achieved to contribute
towards the same.