Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Sep 20:
The Department of Tourism of the Odisha government, in collaboration with the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI), organised an investors’ meet in New Delhi held on Thursday to apprise big hotel chains and corporate brands about the tourism potential of the state, policy framework and land parcels available in the State for possible investment in the hospitality sector.
The Meet was chaired by Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister, Tourism & Culture, Odisha. He called upon all the investors to come to Odisha and make investment in the tourism and hospitality sector, especially in the light of State Tourism Policy and the recently launched IPR 2015.
He also highlighted the glorious past of Odisha, the Buddhist Treasures, the Eco-Tourism potential and the rich cultural heritage of the State. He assured that the government will take all steps to take the investment proposals offered by the hoteliers to their logical conclusion.
A comprehensive presentation was made by LN Gupta, Principal Secretary, Tourism followed by one by Anil Kumar Samal, Director, Tourism on the immense tourism potential of the State, opportunities in the tourism sector along with advantage Odisha. The unique tourism products of the State were also highlighted through a video film for better appreciation of the delegates. The flagship projects of the government like the Shamuka Beach Project and Chilika Tourism Development Project were also highlighted before the investors.
More than 40 renowned hoteliers and investors attended the Meet and participated in the discussion.
TS Wallia, President, FHRAI, appreciated the efforts of Odisha Tourism and stated that Odisha today has an investor friendly environment. Some of the hoteliers, such as M/s. Lemontree; M/s.Jaypee; M/s. Newport Group; M/s. Brahmaputra Group etc. have shown special interest and are likely to sign MoU with Tourism Department shortly.
The Meet was organized in view of the forthcoming 50th Annual Convention of FHRAI being held at Bhubaneswar in partnership with Department of Tourism.