48th FHRAI Annual Convention

18th to 21st September 2013
at the Le Meridien Resort & Convention Centre, Kochi, Kerala.


The 48th Annual FHRAI Convention based on the theme of ‘Sustainable and Responsible Tourism’ was inaugurated on 19th September at Le Merdien in Kochi by Dr. K. Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism. In his inaugural address Dr Chiranjeevi said that twenty-nine mega tourism projects are identified and will be commenced with public-private participation. Government is emphasising on finding remote tourist destinations and popularising it, he said. He also told that government is planning to create uniform law for tourism related industry.
Sitaram Yechury, MP, Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture was the Guest of honour. Talking about the Uttarakhand disaster in his speech he said that irresponsible religious tourism in the state has led a natural disaster to such an unexpected level and that things could have been much better if authorities would have opened their eyes earlier.
Hosting the convention for the first time, Kerala tourism has been applauded for its tourism initiatives. Explaining how Kerala is a model for Sustainable and Responsible tourism, K.P Anil Kumar, Minister of Tourism in Kerala, in his keynote address said that despite economic crisis, Kerala gained 500 crores from tourism in last 2 years.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vivek Nair, President, FHRAI, said, “The FHRAI Convention is an opportune forum for wide-ranging discussions and sharing of best practices on the industry's strategic and competitive response to today’s challenging environment. We also aim to leverage the Convention as a platform to impress upon the Central and State Governments, the need for proactive policy action to address certain structural bottlenecks which are constraining the industry's growth”.

Commenting on hosting the convention for the first time in Kerala, Mr. Jose Dominic, Joint Honorary Secretary, FHRAI and Chairman, FHRAI Convention Committee, said, “Kerala is a success story in terms of tourism and hospitality based on responsible tourism focused on three key principles - sustainable, inclusive and local. The state has remarkably demonstrated how tourism can be a vital catalyst for community participation, empowerment, inclusive development and ecological preservation. It would be heartening to see other Indian states emulating the same which also contribute to the benefit of local entrepreneurs, artisans, farmers etc.”

Other highlights of the convention are the Hospitality Expo which is showcasing products and services of utmost importance to the hospitality industry and a unique Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Pavilion, which has the participation of exhibitors from across India.