In light of calls for a nationwide boycott of Chinese goods by a trade body in India, the Delhi Hotel and Restaurant Owners’ Association (DHROA) has pledged to also ban Chinese citizens from their hotels and restaurants.
The DHROA claims to represent 3,000 budget hotels and guest houses in India’s capital.
This decision was announced on June 25, following a meeting with an organisation called the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). The CAIT claims to represent almost 70 million traders and 40,000 trade associations in the country.
“We requested hotel associations in India to boycott Chinese goods like cutlery, furniture and electronics, but this association took it a step further by promising to ban all Chinese nationals from booking rooms or tables at their restaurants,” Sandeep Khandelwal, the president of CAIT, told VICE. According to Khandelwal, an estimated 800,000 Chinese nationals visit India’s national capital Delhi every year.
“In view of the nefarious activities of China, it has been decided that no Chinese will be accommodated in Delhi's hotels and guest houses from now onwards. Delhi has about 3,000 budget hotels and guest houses with about 75 thousand rooms," the DHROA’s President and General Secretary Sandeep and Mahendra Gupta respectively said in a statement.
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