Industry status

Hospitality union hails industry status in hospitality sector

Mumbai: The Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Western India) on Saturday hailed the decision of the Maharashtra government to grant industry status to the hospitality sector effective April 1, 2021.

“With this status, the hotel sector will be entitled to receive benefits under special regimes and subsidies, with minimal, if any, procedural hurdles. It will also unleash the enormous potential that the sector holds,” the HRAWI President Sherry Bhatia in a statement.

On Thursday, the Maharashtra state cabinet approved the proposal to grant industry status to the hospitality sector aimed at reviving the industry which has been hit hard by the pandemic.

Hotels registered with the Central Ministry of Tourism will be charged electricity, water, property, development and non-agricultural taxes at the industry rate from April 1, 2021, and a committee of experts will be formed to finalize the same, according to a statement issued by the Office of the Chief Minister on Thursday.

“We thank Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for giving the sector what it needs and the timing couldn’t have been better. land-related rates.

“We hope that apart from the first stage of benefits, the government will provide various other benefits listed in the GR, which would go some way to alleviate the enormous burden felt after COVID-19,” Vivek Nair said. , Honorary Member, HRAWI and Past President, FHRAI.

HRAWI had followed up with the Maharashtra government on this issue to get the benefits associated with the industry.

It was only during a recent meeting with the Minister of Tourism, however, that the subject received the attention it deserved, HRAWI added.

The status of the industry relieves the sector of utility and state duty payments that were at commercial rates, which include some of the high cost items like electricity, water and property, among others, said HRAWI spokesperson Gurbaxish Singh Kohli.

“At industry rates, operating costs will decline to a large extent. This is a great relief for our industry and comes at a time when hospitality and catering businesses are being severely impacted due to the pandemic-enforced lockdown. and low consumer confidence,” Kohli added.

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Posted: Sunday 08 November 2020, 05:52 IST