Bengaluru, Sept.20: Hotel industry is very important and it has a lot of scope to grow in tourism industry, opined Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
He was speaking at a function ‘2022 Food Awards’, presentation of ‘lifetime achievement award’ and ‘upcoming women entrepreneur award’ organised by Bengaluru Hoteliers Association here on Tuesday.
The CM said no bundh will be effective if the hotels are not closed. The real bundh is when you close your hotels when others are working. “You will become our family members when our family is not at home. No matter how late it may be but still you serve the customers with a smile. The hotel industry faced a lot of problems during Covid-19 pandemic but you still co-operated with the government. A big thanks for you”.
Bommai said service is very important for the success of the hotel industry. What’s the use of having the big hotels if the service is not good. So, this industry requires well-trained staff. If the Department of Labour opens a finishing school to impart training in hotel services, it will definitely bring a good name to the State. Along with this, it will also provide good support to the tourism industry. There are a lot of opportunities in the hotel industry but not even 50 per cent of hotels of Karnataka are involved in the tourism department when compared with other states. The government is ready to provide whatever assistance they require to enable them to give an end to end approach to the tourism industry. The system of single window agency will be implemented by the government, he added.
Replying to a demand, the CM said the government will consider hotels as an industry if they register their establishments with the Department of Tourism. As of now it is very difficult to allow the food supply 24X 7 but it will be changed according to the situation. All these will be considered at the earliest. “I want the hotel industry to scale-up and then banks will give loans easily. The industry can grow only out of hard work. There is a lot of scope for the hotel industry for which they need to be honest. SInce there is a business-friendly government in the state, you must take advantage of this opportunity to achieve success. It will help in the growth of the state too, Bommai noted.
Large & Medium Scale Industries Minister Murgesh Nirani, Labour Minister Shivaram hebbar, Bengaluru Hoteliers Association President P.C.Rao and others were present.