It is rightly said that man grows old with each succeeding year but institution rises in stature and acquires youth with new aspirations with each advancing year!
It was just half a century ago that a dedicated group of few young entrepreneurs, with an undoubting spirit of treading on a new path, gathered together under the sky, lit the candle and laid the foundations for an entirely new kind of industry, i.e. Hotel Industry on the horizons of Kolhapur – an industry (if it can be called so then) which was heckled, booed, taunted but now hailed, glorified and acclaimed as an exalted status symbol!
The chief promoters and founder members who took a leading and constructive part in laying the foundation stone of this Sangh were: (1) Shri Pandurang B. Khandekar, (2) Shri Purshottam B. Ghate, (3) Shri Anandrao Salokhe, (4) Shri Ramchandra B. Malkar, (5) Shri Balkrishna B. Malkar (6) Shri Haribhai Thakkar, (7) Shri Baburao Raibagkar, (8) Shri Marutrao Panhalkar, (9) Shri Dagadu Bala Bhosale, (10) Shri Madhavrao Mevekari (11) Shri Sitaram H. Urunkar and Shri G.G. Joshi from Pune also lent a helping hand.
These founder fathers gathered together to consider, solve and address the problems and difficulties faced by the hoteliers and to seek proper solutions through solicitations and interaction with the establishment faced by the then fragile hoteling business. In this trying situation and crisis, these members decided to have a forum with a platform from which they could voice their grievances unitedly and obtain concessions and facilities for the industry. Thus the association was formed and registered in the year 1955. A sapling planted half a century ago has grown into a huge banyan tree!
Aims & Objectives: To promote Tourism and its related activities on ethical standards within the rules and regulations of the government and the local bodies, and to protect the interest of its members. The association thrives to raise the standards of hoteliering and to build an image for this industry both within and outside Kolhapur & make Kolhapur a top most sought after tourist destination in India.
Function: The Association meets once a month besides special/emergent meetings as and when required to discuss various problems faced from time to time in a friendly atmosphere. The active participation of the members is growing, making it stronger and healthier.
The Association has so far organized several seminars, symposiums and talks in fulfillment of its objectives. The Association has been instrumental in highlighting problems confronting the growth of hospitality industry in respect of Air-Rail-Road transportation, Clean, Hygienic and inexpensive accommodation. It also had the pleasure of inviting Central and State Ministers besides other Consultative Committee Members for a dialogue on tourism promotional plans.