Bhubneswar, Mar 18 (Local Wire): Marred by rampant cancellations of hotel bookings, lesser tourist flow and curbs by the state government, several hoteliers in the state have started feeling the heat of Coronavirus in the hospitality sector.
With the threat of lesser business in the days to come, the hoteliers have now approached Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for a revival plan, financial assistance and exemption from the State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) for few months to cope up with the financial burden.
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO) on Tuesday moved a memorandum to the CM requesting his personal intervention to rescue the hospitality sector in the state.
In the memorandum, the association cited pending EMIs and other operational burdens on the hoteliers and lesser scope of profits for the next few months citing the threat from Coronavirus.
HRAO President JK Mohanty said, “We appreciate the efforts of the state government towards tackling the disease and we assure our support.
However hotels in Odisha are now seeing massive cancellations of bookings for rooms, conferences and marriages leading to huge losses,”
The association in their demand has asked for waiver of SGST, other licencing and other fees for the next few months citing the critical situation.
This comes after the hotels in cities like Puri and Bhubaneswar suffered losses of properties last year due to the impact cyclone Fani.