The state tourism department organiSed an investors’ meet at New Delhi on Thursday in association with Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) in a bid to attract more investments in the tourism and hospitality sector. Big hotel chains and corporate brands were told about the state’s tourism potential, policy framework and land parcels for possible investment in the hospitality sector in Odisha. State tourism and culture minister Ashok Chandra Panda said, “Odisha has a very investor-friendly state tourism policy and has recently launched the Industrial Policy Resolution 2015. The state’s glorious past, its Buddhist treasures, eco-tourism potential and rich cultural heritage have great potential to attract tourists.” He added that the state government would take all possible measures to ensure that the investment proposals offered by the hoteliers came to fruition.
The unique tourism products of the state were also highlighted in a film that was shown to the delegates. The flagship projects of the state government such as Shamuka Beach Project and Chilika Tourism Development Project were also presented before the investors.President of FHRAI T S Wallia appreciated the efforts of Odisha Tourism and said, “Odisha has an investor-friendly environment and the upcoming golden jubilee convention of the federation on September 25 will help promote the state’s tourism potential further.”More than 40 renowned hoteliers and investors attended the meet and participated in the discussions. Some of the large hotel conglomerates such as Lemontree, Jaypee, Newport Group, Brahmaputra Group and others evinced special interest and were likely to sign MoUs with the tourism department shortly; official sources said. Tourism secretary L N Gupta and director Anil Samal were also present at the meet.