Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association is 82 years old, established in the year 1936 by 1st presidentship of Shri B.T Ramaiah (1936-44) the founder of Bangalore Hotels Association. Shri K.T Appanna was the 2nd President (1944-48).
Present new committee elected for 2017-2020, Shri B.Chandra Shekar Hebbar is the president and Mr. P.C Rao and M.V Raghavendra the vice president, Mr. Subramanya Holla.S, Hon’ble Secretary, Mr Chandrahas.S, K. Bala Chandra Shetty are Joint Secretary, Mr. Veerendra Kamat the Treasurer, currently 53 members are there in Managing Committee.
Now the association is having 1500 registered members. Association every month brings out monthly magazine by name “Athithidevo Bhava” unders the head editorial Shri. B Chandra Shekar Hebbar.
Our executive committee conducts monthly once a meeting to discuss various matter related to hotel industries and to slove the problems apart from weekly once Friday at 5:30 PM , office bearers of the association will conduct a meet to discuss hotel industry problems and other matters with the chair person permission.
The mission of BBHA
- There are some 21 various Acts and regulations applicable to Hoteliers causing difficulty in understanding them for compliances.
- BBHA conducts awareness programs/meetings for members periodically.
- Uniting the members of the hotel industry to form a protection group to challenge problems faced by the industry from time to time by adverse policy decisions imposed on the Hoteliers.
- Representing the interest of the members before Bruhath Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) pertaining to the issue of annual hotel licenses, steep hike in property tax and to mitigate the constraints thereon.
- Representing the interests of members before the Pollution Control Board, which has stipulated stringent procedures for water, air and garbage disposal norms for Hoteliers.
- Representing before Department of Labour, ESI and PF authorities for the problems of small and medium Hotel enterprises.
- Representing before other public statutory authorities including VAT, Luxury Tax, Police, Food department, Public health Authorities to alleviate adverse policy decision affecting hoteliers in general from time to time.
- Identifying and honouring deserving members who have excelled in their service to the hotel industry.
Achivements of BBHA
- With continuous representations to the Government, VAT on Food items was reduced to 4%. Efforts are on to restore the same to at least 2%.
- Levy of Luxury tax on rentals was successful opposed by interacting with the Finance Minister who has effected in necessary changes in the Karnataka Luxury Tax Act wef.01/04/2009 and given relief.
- Established a single window procedure since eight years for renewing the corporation licence to the members establishments thereby reducing the bureaucratic procedures involved in the issue of license.
- Writ petition was filed before Karnataka High Court in the matter of garbage disposal by hoteliers. BBMP was finally directed made responsible for the hotel waste disposal.
- Food vending in foot path and open places was opposed in the public interest litigation and court direction to remove such establishments was issued to BBMP.
- During the severe coin shortage, BBHA mediated with RBI and resolved the issue by arranging coins to the hoteliers regularly on preferential basis.
- Free legal aid to the members were arranged in the office of BBHA Periodically.
- Conducted several Annual conferences in the past wherein eminent speakers participated.
- BBHA has initiated sincere efforts to mobilize sizable donations through its members to the victims of recent flood in North Karnataka and we are into several social service activities.
- Conducted social and cultural programs for the members and their families every year.
- Recently contested before High Court of Karnataka challenging the Bangalore City Commissioners order restricting the business till 12 midnight.
- Rigorously fighting to stop the implementation of Food Standard Act 2006, which is detrimental to the growth of hotels and food industry.
Affiliated to Federation of Hotels & Restaurants in India(FHRI), SHRI, LATO. Active member of FKCCI, Bangalore.
Permanent Invitee to the advisory panel of Department of Tourism, Department of Labour of Karnataka Government.
Immediate task ahead hotel industry is one which so well knitted with the daily needs of society like any other infrastructure sector. Hoteliers in Bangalore and Karnataka are oppressed by frequent and constantly changing statue, regulations and unfriendly implementation by various statutory agencies, while most other states have recognized the hardships of hoteliers. we need to unite and stand for the regulations which are people friendly. Our immediate next agenda would be:
- To form a hard core group to oppose against steep hike in Bar licence fee.
- To strongly represent before State Government to oppose VAT on Prepared Fresh/perishable food Preparations.
- To represent suitably enhance threshold limit on room rents defined under Luxury Tax Act.
- To obtain suitable notification by ESI authorities exempting usage of certain number LPG cylinders in hotel / eatery from ESI coverage.
- To represent for a waiver of service tax on outside catering of prepared fresh/perishable food preparations.