Hoteliers In Odisha Pave Out Way To Revive Tourism

[4:29 PM, 5/17/2019] Lipu: With the hospitality sector of Odisha devastated due to cyclone Fani, an association of hoteliers are relying on support from the state government to restore prime tourist spots like Bhubaneswar, Puri, and Cuttack.

The Hotel & Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO) issued a statement on Wednesday proposing long term as well as short term plans to revamp the tourism industry. HRAO Chairman JK Mohanty put out an estimated loss of Rs.500 crore incurred by the hotel industry.

Being one of the preferred tourist destinations, long term plans are being chalked out to attract visitors from around the globe. Whereas the short term plan includes 24 hour electricity and clearing of the sewage system.

Tourism and culture Minister Ashok Panda has given assurance that the state government is working in full force to rebuild the infrastructure. Banks have also been asked to provide two-year moratorium and loans to hotels for restoration.

Mohanty suggested the formation of a high-level committee, which would be administered by the tourism secretary and professionals of the hotel industry to clear the bottlenecks priority wise.

“The state government must undertake promotional activities through video films, print ads and road shows in major cities to woo back tourists”, Mohanty added.

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