FHRAI celebrates 69th anniversary; marks 7 decades of industry advocacy

The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), the country’s leading hospitality association, is celebrating its 69th anniversary today.

Founded in 1955 by the legendary M S Oberoi, FHRAI has grown into the world’s third-largest hospitality association. It boasts over 3200 direct members and represents 100,000 hotels and restaurants across India.

FHRAI serves as a vital link between the hospitality sector, government bodies, academic institutions, and international organisations.  Their core mission is to advocate for the industry, securing better policies and concessions for its members.  They also keep their members informed on industry trends, government regulations, and important updates.

Pradeep Shetty, President of FHRAI, commented on the anniversary stating, “We celebrate not just a milestone, but a heritage of impeccable hospitality excellence.”

He emphasised FHRAI’s unwavering commitment to promoting tourism and hospitality through transformative experiences that foster cross-cultural interaction and socio-economic growth.

“The hard work of FHRAI and its members has significantly contributed to India’s reputation as a symbol of hospitality excellence,” Shetty continued.

“We aim to continue this legacy by embracing diversification and sustainability, building a path to a brighter, more diverse future for all,” he Said.

FHRAI’s vision is to make India a three trillion-dollar tourism economy by 2047. The Ministry of Tourism has formulated a Draft National Tourism Policy with a holistic framework for sustainable and responsible growth of the tourism sector in the country. In line with this vision, 2024 is expected to witness a reinvigorated spirit of travel, presenting a surge in domestic and international tourism.

Among the well-wishers is Kamlesh Barot, Director, Vie Hospitality, a past President of the Western Region, FHRAI and a member since 2000. “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to FHRAI on this momentous occasion,” Barot said.  He reminisced about the association’s founding in 1955, recalling the signing of the MoU by legendary figures like A.P Sabavala, Maneck S. Shaw, S.W. Edwards, K. Heuer, C.Green, Geeta Sinha, M.S. Oberoi & S.S. Reen.

Barot’s own initiatives, ranging from skill development programs and steering their Hotel Management Institute, till date to onboarding members with pan India seminars after refining the FSSAI Act (Food Safety and Standards Act of India), during his term as FHRAI President. “We’ve been actively involved in the industry’s progress and have become a strong voice for our members in discussions with the Ministry of Tourism,” he said.

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