Applauding the Maharashtra government’s move to introduce ‘ease of doing business policy’ for the hospitality sector and bringing down the number of licenses required for hotels, OYO Hotels & Homes reiterated its commitment to boost tourism in Maharashtra. In a recent webinar hosted by OYO Hotels & Homes as part of its ‘OYO Samvaad’ series with the Ministry of Tourism of Maharashtra, the company highlighted its plans to strengthen its footprint in the state. The webinar was graced by Aaditya Thackeray, Cabinet Minister of Tourism & Environment and Valsa Nair Singh, Principal Secretary - Tourism and Culture, Government of Maharashtra.
The webinar focused on the future of hospitality and tourism, including strategies and steps taken by the Maharashtra government to revitalize the industry amid COVID 19. In the discussion hosted by Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & Group CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes and Rohit Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, OYO India & South Asia, the company shared details of its overall efforts to revive the sector, bringing demand for its hotel partners through alternative use cases and its plans to join hands the Government to facilitate new, improved ways of travel. The webinar witnessed participation from over 170+ OYO’s hotel partners across the state.
“Maharashtra is a land of enormous opportunity for the travel and hospitality sector in terms of generating opportunities for employment and bringing revenue to the state. We are proud to be surrounded with natural beauty and are actively pursuing opportunities in coastal, spiritual, heritage, eco-tourism, agri-tourism. We will continue to introduce multi-pronged tourism policies to bring a world-class experience to the tourists visiting the state. During the lock-down, our focus has been to introduce sector friendly policies to enable entrepreneurs, boost tourism and celebrate our incredible state with the rest of the world. We are excited by the work done by an Indian company such as OYO, and we wholeheartedly support the hospitality chain in its efforts to bring affordable, quality, safe and hygienic stay-in experiences to the travellers visiting the state,” Thackeray said.
Addressing the OYO hotel partners during the webinar, Singh said, “We have taken some major decisions recently to boost tourism in the state and have plans to announce some new-proposals in the near future. While introducing health, safety and hygiene protocols in the state’s hospitality sector, we took in the suggestions and recommendations by the hospitality chain, OYO Hotels & Homes. We would like to collaborate and close work with OYO to motivate entrepreneurs to open more hotels, attracting tourists and travellers looking for affordable stays.”
Commenting on its plans for the state, Agarwal said, “We along with our 170+ hotel partners had an insightful experience listening to the state government’s vision and their efforts to revive the hospitality sector in the state to make it an important tourism hub in the country. Maharashtra is an important market for us. We have generated over 5000+ employment opportunities in the state and are excited to tap into the potential of the tourism sector in the state. We, along with hundreds of our hotel partners, look forward to delivering a safe, secure and comfortable experience to the travellers.”
Kapoor held an interactive session Valsa Nair Singh where the OYO hotel partners from the state shared their questions in advance to understand in detail the new policies, state government’s plans to boost tourism in the state and how to tap into the upcoming leisure and festive season demand. OYO reiterated how it has enabled significant economic opportunities in Maharashtra and remains committed to generating more employment and entrepreneurship through the growing network of its hotels and homes in the state.