Hotel association president Sandeep Khandelwal said The judgment was taken forward the lines of the call to boycott Chinese goods by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Tuesday.
Delhi hotels to lose license The association’s move comes at a time when the accommodation industry is already reeling under heavy losses due to a decrease in tourism and closing of hotels in the wake of the coronavirus closedown.
The Delhi Hotel and Restaurant Owners Association on Thursday declared that Chinese nationals would no longer be granted accommodation in over 3,000 hotels and guesthouses across the capital.
“The Chinese are not the world, we can sustain without them as well. We are law-abiding civilians and no one will take law in their hands, but this would make the Chinese worried… War and trade cannot happen at the same time,” he said.
While a majority of hotels have agreed with the decision, he said no one will be forced to follow it. He added that the association would also try to get five-star hotels on board.
Sandeep Khandelwal admitted that many hotel owners are undergoing extreme tension as they are unable to pay pending money, loans, and rent, and the latest resolution might not prove to be Suitable in the long run: “All things depend upon government policy and the relation between countries.”
CAIT’s national secretary general Praveen Khandelwal said the trade body would welcome anyone who wishes to join its campaign to boycott Chinese products. He also said CAIT will now request farmers, small-scale industries, hawkers, entrepreneurs, and other divisions to join their campaign.
While the decision is restricted to Delhi as of now, the hotels’ association would try to rope in their counterparts in other states as well, added Praveen Khandelwal.
Thursday’s decision, however, has not gone down well with some hotel owners in the city, who said the Central government should make its policy explicit on the matter.
Hotels in the city have not been approved to reopen since the lockdown was imposed. Kulwant Singh, an owner of a hotel in Karol Bagh, said the association’s decision would have no impact unless tourism continues. “The government should not give visa and flight permits to Chinese nationals if we don’t want them to come here. They should make their policy clear. Already business is down and it doesn’t look like it will choose up this year,” he said.
Naresh Garg, an owner of a hotel in Old Delhi’s Darya Ganj, said the government had failed to sustain the hospitality industry and they are having to pay electricity bills running into lakhs of rupees even when the hotels are shut. “We can’t say Atithi Devo Bhava (guest is god) on one hand and then refuse bookings,” he said.
Amardeep Singh, a hotel owner in Paharganj, said 60% to 65% of bookings in his hotel are made by foreign tourists, including Chinese nationals.
Vinod Baweja, who also owns two hotels in Paharganj, said, “We have not been permitted to open hotels right now. When they do, we can pick up the matter. But the government should make its stance clear on this.”