The new Executive Committee of the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has elected Sudesh Poddar as the new President of the association.
FHRAI held its 66th Annual General Meeting on March 16, during which the members elected the new Executive Committee. The AGM was followed by the first meeting of the new Executive Committee of the Federation which went to elect the new board members.
Poddar is an industry veteran and has been in the hospitality business since 1977. He owns multiple restaurants in Kolkata including the iconic 70-year-old Chinese restaurant – Songhai and a 4-star hotel in Assam under the banner – Satya Hotels. He has previously served in the position of Hon. Treasurer in the Federation.
“The industry has seen its most challenging times over the last couple of years and it’ll be my endeavour to work towards creating a conducive environment for the hospitality sector and to make as much progress as possible in the shortest timeframe,” said Poddar, President, FHRAI.
“We will continue to engage with the Government and policy-makers to align our goals to make India’s tourism and hospitality sector one of the best in the world,” he promised.
The Executive Committee also elected the new ‘Office Bearers’ of FHRAI, who supervise the advocacy and routine affairs at the Federation on behalf of the Executive Committee.
Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, K Nagaraju and Pradeep Shetty were elected as the Vice Presidents from Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI), The South India Hotels & Restaurants Association (SIHRA) and Hotel & Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI), respectively. DVS Somaraju has been elected as Hony. Treasurer and T.S. Walia as the Hony Secretary, while Gurbaxish Singh Kohli and Amarvir Singh will serve as Jt. Hony. Secretaries of the Federation.