FHRAI calls for earmarking landbank for budget hotels

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Kolkata, Oct 15 (UNI) Hotel and Restaurant Association of Eastern India (FHRAI) today called for pragmatic tax structure for vacationers and earmarking landbank for budget hotels to accommodate increasing tourist traffic across the country.

FHRAI was preparing a draft resolution for its 43rd annual convention to be held here from October 26 to 28 to highlight existing hindrances and their solutions in the hotel industry, said FHRAI president Rajesh Misra.

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is expected to open the three-day convention at ITC Sonar Bangla, where Union Tourism Minister Ambika Soni and concerned Ministers of different states would take part in a deliberation on " Hospitality and the Government- Creating Prosperity Together", said Mr Mishra.

Citing an instance of inadequate capacity of hotel rooms in West Bengal, he said the state immediately needed about 3000 rooms to accommodate current rush of travellers, including IT experts.

Mr Misra said the state had serious problem of hospitality indusdtry for various reasons and stressed the need for Public Private Partnership (PPP) in overcoming the deficiencies.

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