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Oyo, Airbnb, EaseMyTrip, Yatra join hands to form industry body for tourism sector

Hospitality and travel tech companies such as Oyo, Yatra, Airbnb and EaseMyTrip have come together to launch a new industry body with the aim of helping small companies, promoting domestic tourism and helping digital transformation, announced Union Culture and Tourism minister Prahlad Singh Patel. The body will also play a key role in getting small players in the hospitality sector on the National Integrated Database of Hospitality Industry (NIDHI) platform. Confederation of Hospitality, Technology and Tourism Industry (CHATT) comprises Amanpreet Bajaj, General Manager, Airbnb - India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan; Nishant Pitti, Co-Founder & CEO - EaseMyTrip.com; Rohit Kapoor, CEO - OYO India & Southeast Asia, and Dhruv Shringi, Co-Founder and CEO - Yatra.com https://twitter.com/prahladspatel/status/1402497394172784641 In a statement, Patel said that CHATT will play a crucial role in the Tourism Ministry's "efforts to make the data available of hotels, home-stays on the unified portal – NIDHI". NIDHI or the National Integrated Database of Hospitality Industry is a digital platform where all accommodation units such as hotels or homestays can register themselves to become part of the hospitality industry, according to the FAQs on NIDHI. It was earlier known as Hotelcloud. Patel added, "Vaccination is going to drive the tourism sector’s revival and we are working on a uniform policy and setting up protocols for travellers getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The consolidated efforts by CHATT will be highly beneficial for SME, MSMEs hotel, homeowners, partners and I welcome them to join the various government committees to represent the unified…

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