Profile HAI Secretary General

R. K. PURI IPS/IRTS (retd.)

Alumnus, Mayo College Ajmer. M.A. (Economics), University of Rajasthan. Appointed to the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1961 and Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) in 1962.


Worked in senior capacities in the Ministries of Railways, Defence (Army Headquarters), Commerce (Foreign Trade), Tourism, Planning Commission, India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) and the high powered National Committee on Tourism.

Additional Member, Railway Board : Super-annuated in 1996.

PRIVATE SECTOR (1997 continuing)

Founder Secretary General, Hotel Association of India, apex organisation of the Indian hotel industry, since 1997.


Deputed to London as Director of Tea Promotion for U.K., Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Greenland.

Was India’s Delegate in over 30 - UN-ESCAP, UNIDO, UNESCO, ITC, GATT, EEC, ITPA Conferences and Bilateral meetings.

Chief Negotiator and Signatory of India in the “Bangkok Agreement on Tariff Preferences among Developing Member Countries of UN-ESCAP” : 1975.



First Director of Tourism, Railway Board. Launched the iconic  Palace-on-Wheels Tourist Train in 1980.

Founder Director, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) : 1988-1992.

Authored the curriculum of India’s first Post-Graduate Degree course “Master of Tourism Administration” (MTA).

Member, Tourism Education Council, Pacific Asia Tourism Council (PATA), San Francisco, USA: 1990-1994.

Member, Board of Directors, International Hotels and Restaurants Association (IH&RA), Geneva: 1998–2002.

Nominated Convenor of Rajasthan Tourism Advisory Board chaired by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan: 2010-2012.


“Vishist Yogyata Padak” by the Ministry of Railways : 1973.

“PATA Gold Medal – Grand category” for enhancement of Tourism Education in South-East Asia : 1990.

“IATO - Hall of Fame Award” : 1995.