2nd Convention of Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India successfullyheld Over 250 Delegates from Hospitality Sector registered
The 2nd Convention of Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) was successfully held in the millennium city on October 27th -28th October at Hotel Pullman Gurgaon Central Park, Gurgaon.
The theme for the convention this year was “Hospitality Industry – Shaping the future Growth” aimed at sighting and discussing various issues that the hospitality industry currently faces and would face in the near future.
The Convention involved various brain storming business sessions, industry seminars and talk shows conducted by professionals from within the industry. The Convention was livening up each evening with musical performances and networking Dinner.
Inaugural Session: The 2nd Convention of Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) was inaugurated Sh. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana
Inaugurating the momentous occasion, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana Sh. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said, “It gives us immense pleasure that HRANI has organized this historic convention of the North India States in Gurgaon. On behalf of the Government of Haryana, I wish Mr. Garish Oberoi, President-HRANI, Mr.Rajindera Kumar, Chairman and all those associated with the convention including all the Participants a very grand success.”
In his inaugural address, Sh. Hooda stated that 1966 was the year when Haryana came into existence. The 42 tourist complexes of Haryana are being maintained to cater to the upsurge of tourists and Golf tourism is being attracted as all the golf courses are all of international standards. Besides, adventure tourism, MIC, Medical tourism are also being promoted as also Kurukshetra as a hub for religious tourism. Amusement parks, Heritage hotels, integrated tourism, resorts and Budget hotels are the future of tourism.
He also mentioned that work on an international convention centre is in progress and an Institute of hotel management is being developed all over Haryana. Recently a new institute has been opened by Bharat hotels Limited in Faridabad. He added that in 2013 the Suraj Kund craft mela was upgraded to an International Craft Mela which was very encouraging for Haryana Tourism.
Speaking on occasion Mr. Vijai Vardhan, Principal Secretary –Tourism said that Convention facilities have already been set up as part of Tourism Complexes in Rohtak, Faridabad and Suraj kund and work is in progress in Panchkula and Hisar.
Guest of Honour, Sh Parvez Dewan, Secretary Tourism, MoT congratulated Mr. Oberoi and Mr. Kumar for organizing such a magnum opus. Speaking on the occasion, he said, India is seen as a winter holiday destination but the MoT has been working on changing that perception with the Himalayas as the all year long destination. The 6 Himalayan states are connected by Delhi airport and 73% of himalyas are in India”
The Growth rate in July 7.9% Aug 6.4%, sep 5.6%. and January onwards there was no negative growth but momentum was slow. He then shared with the audience over streaming internet a preview of 2 new ads for the promotion of Himalayas which would be premiered in WTM.
The Incredible India website is under constant up gradation and efforts are on to make it more users friendly. The MoT has with Wonobo group and Google developed a multi crore project free of cost where international tourists would be able to plan their holidays including air ticket, visa online.
He also mentioned that the 6th airline of India may be coming soon. Features of incredible india website include Tour packages, Rail tickets, Flight tickets, hotel booking, Destination or sight features, sightseeing visual map of launching 3d etc. He mentioned his plan of launching audio guides for heritage monuments in India which would be available to the tourist free of cost.
According to the Planning Commission, travel and tourism sector creates 78 jobs per million rupees of investment as compared to 45 in the manufacturing sector which shows the contribution of industry says Mr. Garish Oberoi, President - HRANI. “.
“10 million young Indians will enter the country's workforce every year. The tourism sector is poised to be a pivotal catalyst for successfully capitalizing on India's demographic dividend by creating sustainable opportunities for skill development, gainful employment and economic empowerment for our youth”. he further expressed.
Multiplicity of taxes, small gestation periods, high cost of loans, lower FARs, numerous regulations and licenses, cumbersome licenses procedures are all issues that need to be tacked by the States to attain future Growth says Mr. S.M. Shervani, President – FHRAI
Higher investment on infrastructure has been registered according to authentic economic surveys. 100% FDI on hotel sector & Incredible India campaign have boosted tourism says Mr. Rajindera Kumar, Chairman, Convention. Hotels are important component of tourism & Northern region has good opportunity for future growth which is the agenda of the convention, he expressed.
About HRANI “Hospitality Industry – Shaping the future Growth” During the entire Convention there were various talk points that were discussed and deliberated upon in detail. The major topics covered in the convention were
Sustainable Brands For Tomorrow : How to create a sustainable brand. Do's and Don'ts of successful brands and all areas of the business like infrastructure, staffing, marketing, menu designing etc were addressed.
Culinary Innovations: The Future of Food : What is the future of food. Customized menu/items planning for all segments. Building in health and lifestyle concerns while not compromising with taste. Indian curry wins the world. Safety of food
Marketing Mantras for Future Success: Role of virtual, social media and Conventional Marketing tools for future success of a Hotel and Restaurant. Using conventional media wisely, spending less for the higher returns. Social Marketing – How to educate yourself and ride the wave.
Industry Concerns and the Way Forward: Discussion on concerns related to hospitality industry viz. Rationalization of taxes, infrastructure status, environmental laws and its compliance, safety and security.
Significance of Vaastu in terms of architecture & designing of hotels & restaurants
A Session and Discourse by H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of living:
The event was graced and blessed by H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Addressing the gathering he said “The seven unique aspects of India are yoga, IT, Garments, Food, Ayurveda, Dance and music. Talking about Putreka - which is a sweet of Hyderabad made from rice paper wrap, Gurudev briefed that there are 58,000 types of food in India and Future of Hotel industry is good and food industry should be popularized. Lufthansa airlines offer south Indian food. Festival should be considered to bring more life to this industry. Classical music should be preferred choice in hotels.
Talking about BALI as a tourist destination, he said that Yoga & Meditation should be promoted so as to promote tourism. 30 billion dollars invested by USA in yoga. We should try to impress government to promote tourism.
Keeping in view the long hours of working, the hotels should take care of employees promoting them to release stress by meditation. Infact, GDP should be converted to gross domestic happiness says Sri Sri.
The HRANI convention brought together Ministers, key policy makers of Government, strategic thinkers, corporate and media on a common platform to share their views. Over 250 delegates from northern India participated in convention to name a few people like Mr. Manav Thadani, (Chairman- South Asia, HVS, Mr. P.K. Mohan Kumar from Ginger (MD and COO, Roots Corporation Ltd), Mr. Suresh Kumar (Fortune Park Hotels, ITC Group), Mr. Rahul Pandit (President & ED, Lemon Tree hotels), Mr. Ajay Bakaya (ED, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts) Mr. Tirthankar Ganguly (Gateway), Mr. Anil Kumar Bhandari, (Former Chairman & MD, ITDC), Celebrity Chef Mr. Rakesh Sethi (Radisson Blu, Dwarka ), Chef Rajkamal Chopra (Fortune Group), Dr. Suborno Bose ( Chief Mentor, Indismart Group), Mr. Alok Jain (Zomato.com), Vasu Rajesh Ariya and Mr. Anand Kumar, Joint Secretary, MoT, Govt of India.
HRANI provided unparalleled opportunities to companies and solutions providers doing business with Hotels associated with the event which showcased their services & expertise and developed lasting business relationships”.
Valedictory Session: While addressing the closing session of HRANI Convention in Gurgaon, Kumari Selja (Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment and Former Minister for Tourism, Govt of India,) said “The theme of the convention is extremely relevant and topical. We have to work in a common vision-mission framework for promoting safe, Honorable and environmentally sustainable tourism. She valued the support of industry in making Hunar se Rozgar Tak scheme a big success, she specified that the mission to get trained manpower (HSRT) started under her leadership was accomplished, she expressed
Mr. Bharat Aggarwal, Treasurer, HRANI said: The entire Management Committee of HRANI is highly thankful to the Haryana Tourism, Haldiram and all the associated sponsors, participants & Delegates for giving their entire support during the convention. We highly praise the entire media community for effectively covering the event and extensively contributing to make the convention a grand success”, Mr. Aggarwal further added.
This was HRANI’s attempt to boost trade & industry in the region besides providing a strong platform to delegates and participants.
To commemorate 60 years of the association, HRANI organized the convention of North Indian States from 23-25 September, 2011 at ISTA Amritsar.
The seminar titled as Hospitality Industry - Vision 2020 looks ahead at the future of hospitality in India through the seven Stambhs(pillars)of tourism.
The Convention will involve various brain storming business sessions, Industry seminars and talk shows conducted by professionals from within the industry. Topics varying from tips on making your property Eco-Hotels, tapping franchising opportunities with global chains, training staff and new management mantras will dominate the sessions. The Convention will liven up each evening with musical performances, theme nights and fasion shows.
This 3 days event boosted trade & industry in the region besides providing a platform to exhibit their products and services to the delegates