Industry status

HAI requires industry status for the hospitality sector

Calcutta: A leading hotel organization has urged the West Bengal government to grant industry status to the sector which has been hit hard due to the pandemic. An industry status will benefit hotels statewide to get cheaper electricity and water rates, lower property taxes and licensing fees, the Hotel Association of India (HAI ) in a memorandum to the state government.

HAI also unveiled its West Bengal chapter after launching similar units in Karnataka, Punjab and Telangana last December.

In a memorandum to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, HAI General Secretary MP Bezbaruah said: “The association believes that granting industry status to the sector will allow hotels across the state to benefit benefits that will reduce costs and encourage reinvestment.

“Such small steps are crucial for the recovery of the sector after the disastrous impact of the pandemic and essential given the extent of jobs and income generated by the sector.”

HAI Vice President KB Kachru, representing the Radisson Hotel Group, said the state has much more to offer tourists, from mountains to beaches, UNESCO sites, Darjeeling tea gardens, Bengal tiger and the famous mangroves of the Sundarbans.

“The beauty and heritage of Bengal are impeccable and therefore need to be popularized around the world. An industry status will help to realize this dream as the growth of the hospitality industry will ensure a lasting impact on employment, livelihood. and the flourishing of the state, cultural abundance, ”Kachru said.

The sector has suffered a severe blow in the state due to the ongoing pandemic and needs immediate political intervention to overcome the disastrous impact of the global health crisis, Pramode Bhandari, Managing Director of Park Kolkata and member of the Bengal chapter of HAI, mentioned.

“The removal of restrictions on the hospitality sector has helped give hope to hospitality players, but the sector needs strong support from the state government to lead the way a global recovery in the years to come, “he said.