Chennai hopes to save the hospitality sector

Published on : Thursday, July 13, 2017

amazing-place-to-chillThe hospitality sector in Chennai is going under losses as there is a ban to sale the liquor on the highways.


Now this sector has sought the State Government to denotify highways within the city limits to reopen the bars in the hotels. According to the news source, Supreme Court is inclined to the notification of the administration of Chandigarh in denotifying some of the highways to facilitate the sale of the liquor within 500 meters of the highway.


There are at about 180 hotels, which shut the bars across the State, when the Supreme Court banned the sale of liquor within 500 metres from national highways and state highways, which came into effect on April 1st 2017. Out of these around 50hotels are in Chennai.


Hony. Secretary of South India Hotels and Restaurants Association (SIHRA) T Nataraajan said that the hospitality sector is losing its business and the graphics are going down due to the closure of bars near the highways. There is a 30 percent crash in food and beverages business in hotels after the bars were shut, which can take a serious effect in the hospitality business, by shortening of the number of staffs in this sector.


South India Hotels and Restaurants Association is now looking for the legal intervention of the State Government to look after this matter. Supreme Court’s order on Last Tuesday is expecting to lead the state governments to denotify the highways within the cities, to allow the liquor selling, so that the industry will need up its losses.


T Nataraajan said that there are several Indian states including Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh took steps save the industry. The Government of Tamil Nadu has also initiated the action in the regard. It is noted that the Tamil Nadu attracts a good number of visitors and the business tourists for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) tourism, so in this case, the hospitality sector need to thrive.

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