New Delhi : Union minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy urged the hospitality industry to partner with the government for creating standalone centres for hospitality at the South Asian Hoteliers Conclave organized by Hotel Association of India (HAI) this week. “Please partner with us for creating standalone centres for hospitality. We will give you enough money to put up these institutions across the country,” said Rudy.
The two day event held in New Delhi for the first time was aimed at bringing together hospitality leaders and policy makers to analyze current trends in technology, digital economy, skill development and social media and to evolve the framework of action required to be taken by hotels in the event of natural or man made disasters.
“This Conclave is taking place at a momentous period of change in India’s economy as last week witnessed a successful parliamentary session approving approving GST. My colleagues in the hall and in the country welcome this historic development which will turn India into a common market by unifying many taxes,” said Vikram Oberoi, CEO and MD of The Oberoi Group and president of Hotels Association of India.
“It will radically transform our 2 trillion economy and boost the nation’s GDP by 2% as envisaged by the government. The Tourism and hospitality industry which contributes 5.94% to GDP will be able to increase its contribution as GST makes India more tourist friendly by eliminating varying taxes and ensuring seamless travel,” he added. Making the hospitality industry disaster resilient and setting up operation cum information centres in hotels, food and beverage trends in hospitality industry, best practices of disaster management and opportunities that social media presents for the hospitality industry were some of the subjects discussed in various sessions.
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