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FHRAI elects Tejinder Singh Walia as the new President published in India Hospitality Review Dated 20 Oct 2014


Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has elected Tejinder Singh Walia as the President for the year 2014-15.
The announcement was made during the 58th Annual General Meeting of teh association held at JW Marriott Hotel, New Delhi. Walia is the Chairman of Hotel Walson (a unit of Walson Retails Pvt. Ltd.),a well-known boutique hotel situated in Kolkata.
He also owns a chain of six popular pubs and specialty cuisine restaurants across Kolkata.Walia had also served on the Joint Export Promotion Committee set up by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India and Directorate of Industries, Government of West Bengal.
He has led various exporters' delegations to major international business forums such as INTECHMART, informed the official release. After being elected as FHRAI President, Walia said, “I am truly overwhelmed by the trust and confidence which my colleagues on the Executive Committee have reposed in me. 2015 is destined to be a landmark year, in which FHRA
I will complete sixty glorious years of exemplary service to the Indian hospitality industry and we will also celebrate the golden jubilee of our Annual Convention.”
By way of paying tribute to the great names associated with the association in the past, he said, “We are resolutely committed to carry forward their inspiring legacy and work relentlessly for safeguarding and promoting the best interests of our industry.”

Outlining his plans for the year ahead, he said, “The coming year is especially crucial, because many of the key policy and regulatory issues, which FHRAI has been diligently pursuing for long, are currently poised at an important juncture, for instance, introduction of the Goods & Services Tax (GST), e-Visa for international tourists, infrastructure status for the hospitality industry, single-window clearance for projects, streamlining of the hotel classification norms etc.
He also said that they have to be persistent and proactive in their engagement with the Government, to ensure that these initiatives come to timely fruition.Walia expressed confidence that all industry stakeholders will extend their support and cooperate with the new team of office holders.

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