THE FEDERATION OF HOTEL & RESTAURANT ASSOCIATIONS OF INDIA (FHRAI)
Mr. S.M. Shervani elected as the new FHRAI President
New Delhi, September 30th, 2013: After the 57th Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), Mr. S.M. Shervani has been elected as President for 2013-14. Mr. Shervani has previously been the President of the Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (2010-12), Vice-President of FHRAI (2010-11 and 2011-12) and Honorary Treasurer of FHRAI (2012-13).
A highly successful hospitality entrepreneur with over 25 years of rich experience, Mr. Shervani is the Managing Director of Shervani Hospitalities Ltd., which owns and operates a chain of boutique hotels and the iconic 'Rodeo' restaurant. He is an alumni of the prestigious Pusa Institute of Hotel Management, New Delhi and presently serves on the institute’s Board of Governors. He is also a member of the Hotel & Catering International Management Association (HCIMA), U.K.
On behalf of the industry, Mr. Shervani has been at the forefront in actively pursuing various policy and regulatory issues impacting the tourism sector, with the Central and State Governments. Over the years, his eloquent, insightful and candid perspective has made him one of the most respected and widely quoted industry voices in the media. Through his social activism and philanthropic initiatives, he has also made a distinguished contribution to public service.
After his election as President, Mr. Shervani said, “To be entrusted with the leadership of an august organisation such as FHRAI is indeed a distinct privilege and a profound responsibility. I express sincere gratitude to all my colleagues for the confidence which has been reposed in me and look forward to the continued support of everyone in the fraternity for the ambitious agenda which we have envisioned for the year ahead. The Indian hospitality and tourism sector today faces unprecedented opportunities as well as some equally serious challenges. Successfully mitigating the myriad risks posed by an uncertain economic environment and urgently addressing certain systemic impediments which have often constrained our industry's quest to achieve its full potential, would require all stakeholders to work in unison. One of FHRAI's key strategic priorities will be to effectively articulate and reflect the concerns and aspirations of our small & medium entrepreneurs, whose vision and dynamism is truly the future growth engine of our industry.”
At the first meeting of the new FHRAI Executive Committee held at New Delhi, the following Office-Bearers for the year 2013-14, were also elected-
- Honorary Secretary – Mr. Vivek Nair
- Vice-President – Mr. Deepak Puri
- Vice-President – Mr. Dinesh Advani
- Honorary Treasurer – Mr. Garish Oberoi
- Joint Honorary Secretary – Mr. Nitin Kothari
The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) is the apex body of the Indian Hospitality industry and represents over 3800 members, including Hotels, Restaurants and associates, spanning the length and breadth of our vast country. Founded in 1955, the association has diligently built on its rich legacy and is today privileged to serve as the leading voice of our industry and plays a seminal role in supporting the growth trajectory of India's hospitality and tourism sector. FHRAI provides a vibrant interface between the industry, government, regulatory bodies, academia, international organisations, civil society and the media.