SIHRA re-elects Purushothaman for ninth year in succession

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Chennai, Sept 22 (UNI) M P Purushothaman has been re-elected as President South India Hotels and Restaurants Association (SIHRA) for the ninth year in a row.

Mr Purushothaman was unanimously re-elected as President of SIHRA at the 57th Annual General Meeting of the Association held here recently, an Association release said.

The following were elected as Vice Presidents, Shankar Menon (Tamilnadu and Pondicherry) Mr Ramnath Bhat (Karnataka), Suresh M Pillai (Kerala), Veer Vijay Singh (Andhra Pradesh), T Nataraajan, GRT Hotels and Resorts, Hon Secretary and K Murali Rao, New Woodlands Hotel, Hon Treasurer.

After his re-election, Mr Purushothaman, said the hotel tariff would be revised across the country from October one, as the input costs were going up. The tariff hike could be about 10 per cent, he said.

He said more than 20 hotels projects were in the pipeline in the south, which included five star, four star and three star hotels.

"The hospitality industry is poised for growth with International Hotel chains focusing their attention towards expansion in India.

Some of the projects are 650-room project of ITC Grand Chola followed by 300-room project of Citadines on the OMR road", he said.

Other leading brands that are coming, include Ginger, Hyatt, Malabar, Marriot, Leela Kempenski and Taj, he added.

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