New Delhi, Jan 8: The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), India’s apex body and voice of the hospitality industry, has extended its sincere appreciation to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi for his recent visit to Lakshadweep, underscoring his steadfast commitment to bolstering tourism in the country.

“We are immensely grateful for the Hon’ble PM’s dedication to promoting domestic tourism in India, especially during the challenging post-pandemic period. His visionary leadership in showcasing Lakshadweep as an emblem of sustainable tourism and an engine of economic growth for India is commendable. The presence of the Hon’ble PM on the tranquil shores of Lakshadweep has illuminated the beauty and allure of this picturesque archipelago, drawing global attention to its pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs and rich cultural heritage. FHRAI firmly believes that the Hon’ble PM's visit to Lakshadweep will catalyse substantial investments in infrastructure, connectivity and hospitality services, making the archipelago an accessible and coveted destination for global tourists,” says Mr Pradeep Shetty, President, FHRAI & President, The Hotel and Restaurant Association (Western India) – HRAWI.

In recognition of the pivotal role played by the tourism and hospitality industry in India's journey toward becoming a developed economy by 2047, FHRAI will engage with the Government to offer suggestions for the benefit of the tourism industry and the local communities.

“The initiatives, including encouraging citizens to explore 15 domestic destinations by 2022, bolstering infrastructure, developing tourism circuits and the recent 'Wed in India' appeal, have significantly propelled domestic tourism, boosting local economies and reducing expenditure on overseas destination weddings. By highlighting ecotourism and responsible practices, Modi ji has paved the way for a future where tourism thrives in harmony with the environment and benefits the local communities. We remain committed to working in tandem with the Government of India to further advance the tourism and hospitality sector, ensuring sustainable growth and economic prosperity for the nation,” concludes Mr Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, Vice President, FHRAI.