FHRAI proposes to host Food Festivals with MOT

As part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, FHRAI and its Regional Associations have proposed to organize region specific Food Festivals across the country with the support of the Ministry of Tourism. The association has also advised its hotel and restaurant members to display the 75 years of independence logo of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ in their premises and on their stationery. “We would like to highlight 75 regional cuisines in each of the food festivals,” says Mr Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, Vice President, FHRAI. Recently, the association also met with Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North-Eastern Region and submitted a representation with suggestions for the revival and growth of the hospitality industry. The recommendations include making tourism a national priority sector, according hospitality infrastructure status, better credit facilities, subsidies and incentives, rationalization of GST, continuation of EPCG scheme, favourable liquor licence policies, and the need for a platform similar to Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) for hospitality industry, among others.