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Hoteliers body suggests ways to revive tourism in Odisha

With the hospitality sector in Odisha taking a hit following Cyclone Fani, an association of hoteliers on Thursday sought the state government s support to restore tourist spots in Puri, Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. In statement issued on Wednesday, the Hotel Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO) said it has come up with both short-term and long-term plans to revive the tourism industry. It is estimated that the hotel industry has incurred losses of around Rs 500 crore. The government must come up with relief measures to compensate this loss, HRAO Chairman J K Mohanty said. Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda, on his part, claimed that the state government has been working on a war footing to restore infrastructure and revive business. Panda also underlined that necessary support was being extended to the hotel industry, which suffered extensive damage during cyclone Fani. The extremely severe cyclone, which barrelled through Odisha on May 3, left behind a .

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