Islamabad, November 06, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on Hotel Industry Mr. Imtiaz A. Shiekh chaired a meeting of the members of his committee which was attended by the representatives of leading hotels in Pakistan.
The committee discussed various impediments being faced by hotel industry particularly due to mishandling by KESC for power supply. It was decided that a delegation consisting of members representing hotel industry will call on the Chairman/MD of KESC.
The committee also expressed its worries about the new infrastructure charges levied by SSGC in their bills to hotels. These charges were Rs. 13/- per mmbtu in January 2012 and in July 2012 it had reached to Rs.100/- per mmbtu. However, on pursuance it was reduced by SSGC to Rs. 50/- per mmbtu.
The committee was of the view that these charges were a great injustice with the hotel industry in Karachi and should be eliminated. The committee also discussed the acute shortage of water supply from KWSB due to which they have to purchase water bouzers from water suppliers causing them millions of rupees on this account.
Mr. Sikandar Mehmood, informed that since 2005 the Pakistani currency is on decline against US $ which has effected the hotel industry. The chairman and the members of the committee also urged the government to open new avenues of tourism and its expansion.
Due to law and order situation in the country tourism industry has been ruined. Immediate and effective measures should by taken by the government to resolve the issue of law and order so that the traffic of tourist should be restored which will definitely increase the business in hotel industry and the income to exchequer.
Among others the said meeting was also attended by Mr. Sikandar Mehmood, CEO, Arabian Sea Enterprises Ltd. (owners of Sheraton Hotel), Mr. Anwar Qureshi, CEO, Ramada Hotel and Chairman Pakistan Hotel Association.
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