There were events galore during this entire month of September and the series will continue till the end of the year. I happen to write this edit between two mega events, namely the Incredible India Tourism Investor’s Summit in New Delhi and the FHRAI convention being held in Indore. The ministry of tourism (MoT) in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI) and Make in India hosted the first ever Incredible India Tourism Investor’s Summit 2016. Speaking exclusively to us, Vinod Zutshi, secretary, MoT, said that the main purpose of the Summit is to increase the supply in the tourism segment. Main focus would be on the hospitality sector as the demand for rooms increases. He firmly believes that once we build the desired infrastructure, tourism to the destination will gradually increase.
Witnessing the action on the ground, the state tourism boards were going all out as usual to attract investors to build quality hotels in their regions. The incentives and land bank schemes did sound attractive on paper but there were whispers in the corridors by potential investors on finally how effectively and quickly will these promising packages be delivered on ground. Apart from few hand picked states that did receive a thumbs up by hospitality investors, there were a few who were skeptical about the implementation of the same. The hope was to have the ground ready to build viable budget hotels in the country and also aid in reducing the gestation period from construction to check in. Being an optimist, I choose to believe that the government is hoping to work as a realtime facilitator and catalyst and are going to meet the private entities with a genuine plan for progress and policy implementation. Our report on the final MoUs to be announced on the last day, will go online soon. As we speak, the FHRAI convention is underway with its Brand India theme. Discussions, deliberations and debates are a common sight at industry events and we all hope that promises made get the required support to be implemented for the benefit of the industry.
Finally our cover story this issue touches on a topic that is vital and sensitive. Keeping the current global scenario in the picture, security in our hotels cannot be treated casually or carelessly. So read on.