Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson and Managing Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun for her contribution in bringing India and Japan closer.
From business front to cultural canton, the relationship between India and Japan is having a good run. Prominent personalities from both the countries have been engaging on various platforms. One among them is Jyotsna Suri, the Chairperson and Managing director of Bharat Hotels Limited who owns The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. She was recently conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for her contribution in bringing India and Japan closer.
A grand ceremony was hosted by the Japanese Ambassador to India, Suzuki Satoshi in Delhi where Dr Jyotsna Suri was felicitated in the presence of prominent dignitaries including Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India and Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways on January 17, 2020. With this prestigious order, Jyotsna Suri becomes the first Indian woman to have received the honour.
The former President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Dr Suri has been chairing the Tourism Committee of FICCI since 2006. She has been instrumental in organising the India Tourism Conference held in Tokyo in 2007. She also took a lead in pushing the Japanese tourism companies’ participation in the Great Indian Travel Bazaar being held annually.
The Order of the Rising Sun was instituted in 1875 by the then Japanese Emperor Meiji. Dr. Jyotsna Suri received the honour in recognition of her “outstanding contribution to strengthening Japan-India economic relations and promoting people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.” As the Co-Chair of FICCI Forum of Parliamentarians Council, she has been actively involved in the activities of the India-Japan Parliamentarians Forum.
Dr. Suri’s contribution to organizing the first India-Japan Tourism Meet in 2016 is hailed by many from India as well as Japan. Subsequently, this meet has been held three times so far. She has also led to the growth of India-Japan tourism relations, with the number of Indian people visiting Japan increasing every year. Jyotsna Suri is an Executive Committee member of the India-Japan friendship forum launched in January 2019 by the Foreign Minister of Japan and the Commerce Minister of India. The forum has been instrumental in bringing the people of the two countries culturally and socially closer to each other.