HVS Ease of Doing Business in Indian Hospitality Sector

Ease of doing business in India has improved significantly in past few years due to reforms by the Government. However, approval & licensing requirements in hospitality sector is still very complex compared to global peers. Reforms in this direction are necessary to induce fresh capital in sector.
Mandeep S Lamba


India has witnessed rapid economic growth in the past few years with a GDP growth averaging over 7.5% for the period 2014-2018 facilitated by a host of economic and policy reforms by the Government of India (GoI).

Transformative reforms such as the RERA (Real Estate Regulation and Development Act), Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code, and Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act are game changing initiatives that will go a long way towards enhancing transparency and investor confidence. The government also unified the country into a single market with the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a much-needed tax reform, thereby, easing the flow of goods and services across states.

These reforms have not only helped India to maintain its leadership status as the world’s fastest growing major economy but also helped the country remain competitive in the global scenario. As a result, between 2014 and 2019, India has jumped 79 positions to 63rd rank in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index in 2019.

While in general these reforms have benefitted the Indian travel and tourism (T&T) sector, which is among the fastest growing in its group globally, setting up a hospitality business in India and achieving reasonable scale is accompanied with its own set of challenges as compared to developed economies.

In this report, we have tried to highlight the key challenges that inhibit the entry of fresh capital in the Indian hospitality sector, while discussing some of the immediate reforms needed for the sector to reach its full potential.
Mandeep S. Lamba, President – South Asia, oversees the HVS practice in South Asia. Mandeep has spent over 30 years in the hospitality industry having worked with International Hotel Companies such as Choice Hotels, IHG and Radisson Hotels before becoming President for ITC Fortune Hotels in 2001. Having successfully built the Fortune brand in India’s mid-scale hospitality sector, Mandeep ventured into an entrepreneurial stint for over 8 years, setting up JV companies with Dawnay Day Group UK and Onyx Hospitality Thailand before joining JLL in 2014, as Managing Director, Hotels & Hospitality Group – South Asia. An established industry leader, Mandeep has won several awards and recognitions for his accomplishments. Recently, he was featured in the Hotelier India Power List of the most respected hoteliers in India for the second year in a row. Contact Mandeep at +91 981 1306 161 or [email protected].

About Dipti Mohan

Dipti Mohan, Senior Manager - Research with HVS South Asia, is a seasoned knowledge professional with extensive experience in research-based content creation. She has authored several ‘point of view’ documents such as thought leadership reports, expert opinion articles, white papers and research reports. Contact Dipti at [email protected]

About Akash Datta

Akash Datta, HVS Senior Vice President - Consulting and Valuation, leads consulting engagements, encompassing market studies, feasibility studies, strategic planning, valuation, and forecasting. Akash has spent nearly 13 years in the hospitality industry having successfully worked with International Hotel and Consulting firms such as Hilton, JLL and HVS in South Asia and the Middle East. In 2005, Akash started his Consulting career with HVS as an analyst following which he undertook his MBA in International Hospitality Management with concentration in Real Estate Finance from IMHI ESSEC in Paris, France. Known for his industry insights, Akash works with leading companies, private clients, industry groups, and global networks. Contact Akash at +91 989 9517 404 or [email protected].


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