20 July 2019
Bhubaneswar: The Hotels and Restaurant Association of Eastern India (HRAEI) on Saturday donated Rs 10 lakh towards the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for FANI related relief and restoration works.
Members of HRAEI including Mr Pranav Singh, President, HRAEI; Mr Sudesh Poddar, Chairman Administrative Committee, HRAEI; Mohammed Azhar, Honorary Secretary, HRAEI; Mr. Ashoke Singh, Chairman Legal Committee, HRAEI; Mr Souvagya Kumar Mohapatra, Managing Committee Member, HRAEI & Mr Debasish Patnaik, Director, The Crown Bhubaneswar met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today and handed over a cheque of the said amount.
On this opportunity, the members extended their best wishes to the Chief Minister for winning a record consecutive fifth term in the recently concluded Assembly Polls and congratulated him for the remarkable work that his government has done in managing the entire cyclone crisis and also for the highly praiseworthy expeditious restoration and relief works undertaken post-FANI.
This apart the members also complimented the numerous measures undertaken by the State Govt to comprehensively tap the tourism potential of the State through its aggressive destination promotion campaigns.
It is worthwhile to mention that Odisha, over the years for its expert handling of natural disasters has come a long way in establishing itself as a global leader in disaster management, earning accolades from across the globe. This distinction was conclusively reinforced again by the Govt’s successful management of Cyclone FANI.
Established on 18th July 1961, HRAEI is a body representing the collective voice of Hotel and restaurant industry of the 12 Eastern States and a Union Territory. The esteemed vision of HRAEI is to effectively harness this potential and establish Eastern India as a flourishing tourism destination for domestic and foreign tourists by impactful promotion and projection of the rich bouquet of services that it has to offer to the Travellers.
Odisha endowed with a rich cultural heritage and awe-inspiring bounties of nature figures as a predominant tourist destination on the Tourism Map of our country. It was very recently hit by a severe cyclonic storm Fani that left behind it a trail of devastation and destruction across a large part of Coastal regions of the State. The loss to the infrastructure was massive but thanks to the adequate preparedness and timely efforts of the State Govt that ensured minimum casualties.