HRANI UPDATES
Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India organises series of Food Safety Training and Certification (FOSTAC) sessions in Advance Catering for Supervisors in Delhi, Jodhpur and Chandigarh
After successfully conducting 21 sessions of Food Safety Training and Certification (FOSTAC) in Advance Catering for Supervisors in various cities of northern India, HRANI organizes three more sessions on April 5, 2018 (The Umrao Hotel, Delhi); April 7, 2018 (Chandra Imperial, Jodhpur) and April 9, 2018 ( Maya Hotel, Chandigarh) ....Read More
HRANI Awarded for FOSTAC by FSSAI
Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India was awarded for Food Safety Training and Certification (FOSTAC) by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The award was presented by Sh. Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI at the Conclave on Synergizing Food Safety Standards and Regulation in Hospitality Industry at The Imperial, New Delhi.
Speaking at the Conclave, Sh. Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI said, “We have moved a long way since last year in building trust with the food businesses. We are emphasising on trainings under FOSTAC and HRANI has been very supportive. HRANI has conducted 21 trainings in advanced Catering in northern region.
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HRANI Conclave in association with FSSAI was recently held at The Imperial, New Delhi. The event was inaugurated by Chief Guest Sh. Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI.
Sh. Rajindera Kumar, Chairman of the Conclave in his welcome address stated that “This conclave with FSSAI on Synergizing Food Safety, Standards and Regulation in Hospitality Industry marks another important step – providing a forum for dialogue among FSSAI and stakeholders to connect and collaborate for mutual prosperity”.
Applauding the efforts of Sh. Pawan Agarwal, CEO FSSAI in addressing concerns of hoteliers, Sh. Sanjay Sood, President, HRANI said, “We are very indebted to the CEO for his deep understanding of our genuine concerns. He is ever approachable and very open to solutions. However, there are a few concerns of our industry.
These include: Making license lifetime, recommendation for penalty reduction, recognising our labs as FSSAI notified for our industry, self-audit to be accepted by enforcement. And most importantly our representation in National advisory committee because the entire industry needs it. HRANI is privileged to serve as a vibrant interface between FSSAI and industry and we assure FSSAI of our full cooperation to ensure safe and nutritious food for the nation.”
While addressing the ongoing HRANI Conclave and emphasizing on the role of catering sector in ensuring health of citizens by ensuring safe food to the consumers, Mr Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI highlighted the reforms by FSSAI for ease of doing business for catering sector.
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GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES
Developments of Tourism Infrastructure in the Country will Augment Night Tourism: Tourism Minister
The Ministry of Tourism promotes the diverse tourist attractions of the country which includes the large gamut of experiences available in the evening, viz. evening Cruises, Illumination of Monuments, Sound and Light Shows, Evening Arti, Night Bazaars, Fairs, etc.
The Ministry under its schemes of Swadesh Darshan-Integrated development of theme based tourist circuits and PRASHAD-National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive provides Central Financial Assistance to the State Governments/UT Administrations/Central Agencies for development of tourism infrastructure in the country. The components under which funding is provided include, inter-alia, illumination of monuments, illumination of heritage streets, SEL (Sound and Light) shows and laser shows, street lighting, high mast lights, Amphitheaters, tourist villages which would help in promoting tourism to these destinations after sunset as well.
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India Tourism Secretary: Need to fill tourism gaps
Rashmi Verma, Tourism Secretary for the Government of India, recently said that there was no institutional mechanism between the various stakeholders to discuss and debate the issues concerned with connectivity to boost tourism in the country. She said there is no way to fill the gaps so that proper decisions can be taken.
At present, what is happening is that at the individual level, officials may discuss and consult, but this was not a substitute for an institutional mechanism.
The Tourism Secretary gave the keynote address at the seminar on “Incredible India: Connectivity -Driving Tourism for Inclusive Growth in New Delhi,” organized by the Foundation for Aviation and Sustainable Tourism (FAST).
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Wyndham Hotel Group adds 'by Wyndham' label to its brands
Hospitality major Wyndham Hotel Group has said it is uniting its signature lodging brands including Days Inn, Howard Johnson and Ramada by adding 'by Wyndham' suffix to their names.
Beginning April 16, the updated brand names and logos will appear across the company's digital placements from brand websites to mobile sites and third-party listings, Wyndham said in a statement.
Brands adding the 'by Wyndham' hallmark also include Super 8, Travelodge, AmericInn, Baymont, Ramada Encore, Dolce, Dazzler, Esplendor, and Trademark.
All such brands together represent 7,074 properties across the globe. In a world with thousands of hotel brands available, guests look to names they trust, Wyndham's global brands senior vice president Lisa Checchio said.
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High tax rates to hurt inbound tourism, say global hoteliers
Heads of leading global hotel brands are expressing concerns about the 28% tax slab levied on luxury hotels in India with some saying it will impact their expansion plans in the coming years.
Global heads of chains like Hilton and Radisson Hotel Group who congregated in Mumbai for the 14th Hotel Investment Conference-South Asia (HICSA) organised by consulting firm Hotelivate said the rates make India one of the highly taxed countries in the world.
“It is a singular tax so it makes it easy to do business. But, in relation to the quantum of the tax, it makes it one of the highest taxes in the world on travel. In terms of the quantum of the tax we want to make sure that the owners are achieving the yields so that the industry continues to grow,” said Alan Watts, president, Asia-Pacific at Hilton.
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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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