The Budget Hotel Association of Mumbai is reportedly planning a city-wide boycott of hospitality unicorn OYO, which has been facing severe criticism from hotel owner associations over its policies.
According to reports, the Mumbai-based lobby has also formed a pan-India association called the Hotel Association Confederation of India (HACI) with a claimed strength of 8,000 hoteliers in a bid to broker better business terms with OYO.
“Our new proposed organisation, HACI, has the support of 47 pan-India associations which have about 8,000 hoteliers as members. OYO has become more stubborn and our concerns still exist. They are trying to contact individual hoteliers, which is not useful,” said Ashraf Ali, joint convenor, HACI.
The protest by the hoteliers’ group follows a similar call to arms in December 2018 by the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) — an all India body of hotel owners and operators. After initiating action against online travel aggregators MakeMyTrip and GoIbibo in November, the FHRAI had warned OYO of nationwide protests if it did not negotiate with the hotel owners’ body.