In an effort to bring professionalism into the so far unorganised events industry, the first-ever events industry body Telangana Chamber of Events Industry was launched on Wednesday.
IT minister K.T. Rama Rao said this will help Hyderabad get more global events. In turn, the city will get a global outlook that international companies look for when setting shop. The minister also announced a single-window clearance and permission system for the sector.
The events industry representatives, meanwhile, requested the minister to make Hyderabad Police an approachable event-friendly department, which would make it easier for the sector to get permissions when organising events.
The minister said that a single-window clearance system will be put in place and also a meeting of the events industry body will be organised with the police force so that they can reach a mutual understanding on related issues. The events body had earlier pointed out that during certain events, special permits from the police are required to ensure smooth running of the events.
The state government has launched the ‘Happening Hyderabad’ programme with the aim to have one event every week. The programme has received immense response and 157 events have already been lined up.
“Today we have countries and cities that are thriving on tourism and hospitality. Hyderabad cannot be just about culture. It has to be about everything and this is a step in that direction. Companies that want to set up shop are not just looking for the right policies or land allotments. They are looking for things beyond the mundane. They want a cosmopolitan climate for their employees.
Hyderabad is already the conventions capital of the country and we want it to be the events capital as well,” said the minister.
Rs 100-cr centre for art and culture hub in city:
Hyderabad Habitat Centre, an art and culture hub, is being planned by the state. The centre is also expected to give a fillip to the events industry in the city. Infomation Techn-ology and Panchayt Raj minister K.T. Rama Rao announced the government’s plan to set up the Hyderabad Habitat Centre.
“The centre will come up on the west of the city, near the IT City, somewhere near Khanamet. It will be developed with an outlay of `100 crore and we would like to see it as a culture, theatre, art and literature hub,” said the minister.
The Telangana Chambers of Events Industry (ICEI) suggested that the state government develop a city for hosting year-round events following the lead of Hong Kong, which is known as the events capital of Asia.