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Mon, 28th Sep 2015 (Source:The Economic Times)
A day after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik offered all out support to the tourism sector, a number of groups today expressed interest to set up star hotels in the state. Big players from the international hotel industry like Newport, USA and domestic majors like Lemon Tree, Haldiram, Brahmaputra, ITC Fortune and Ramada Plaza are keen to set up hotels in the state, a tourism department official said. The proposals from the industry came on the second day of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India's (FHRAI) 3-day long golden jubilee convention here.
FHRAI president Tajinder Singh Walia said two premiere five-star hotels will come up in the twin city of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. While the Haldiram Group will construct one and another would be set up by the ITC Fortune Group. One of the two would be set up here, while the other would come up between Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
“Some groups have expressed their interest to set up hotels in the state. They have been told to make formal application and we will provide all facilities available under the state's new IPR-2015," tourism secretary L N Gupta said. Odisha's long coastline, beaches, lakes, dense forests, wilflife, Buddhist sites, ancient monuments and its rich cultural heritage attracted many hotel groups, he said.
The state's tourism and industries departments in a joint presentation at the convention apprised about 800 hotel groups about the unique tourism products and tourism potential of the state. Patnaik in his inaugural speech at the convention yesterday had said the state's new industrial policy resolution, 2015 will give a boost to the tourism industry. For speedy clearance of tourism projects on fast-track basis the state government has set up single window clearance committee at different levels, he added.