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Sat, 26th Sep 2015 (Source:Travelbizmonitor)
The Golden Jubilee Convention of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) got underway in the capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar. The three-day convention was inaugurated by Naveen Patnaik, Hon. Chief Minister, Odisha at Mayfair Lagoon & Convention Centre in the presence of Ministers from both the union and states as well as other government officials. Around 750 delegates from across India are participating in the FHRAI Convention. Inaugurating the Convention, Patnaik said that tourism is a flagship sector for Odisha and the government will provide all possible support to promote and market Odisha as a preferred destination for tourists.
The state has rich diversity in terms of nature, long coastline, green and dense forest, culture and heritage, art and architecture, to attract tourists, stressed the Chief Minister.
In his address, Ashok Chandra Panda, Tourism Minister, Odisha said that the State has drawn a road map for tourism development and investment promotion. He cited that the Tourism Policy of 2013 and Industrial Policy of 2015 spell out clear guidelines for investment and the support and incentive system. He demanded support of the central department to improve air connectivity to the state and flights connecting Bhubaneswar to Varanasi, Kerala, Goa, etc.
Debi Prasad Mishra, Minister of Industries, School and Mass Education, Odisha spoke on the investor-friendly policies of the state. He said that incentives are set, based on the capacity of the project to create employment. Approvals have been made speedy. Clearances for green projects would not take more than 15 days in the state, he highlighted. A GIS platform has been activated where prospective investor can get all the information on the land availability online, he asserted.
T S Walia, President, FHRAI; Dilip Ray, CMD, Mayfair Hotels and Chairman, Convention Organising Committee and Vinod Zutshi, Secretary Tourism, Government of India also spoke on the occasion
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