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HotelScapes

Given India’s Potential, Much More Investment Should have Come Already

Presenting a uniquely insightful perspective of the industry scenario from an international standpoint, as a hotelier with serious interest in India, its constituent regions and beyond, Binod Chaudhary is a leading collaborator with Taj Hotels, with hotels in Kathmandu, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and the safaris in India. “Admitting that there is a problem is the beginning of correction”, he elucidated. The comparatively enabling environments of countries such as Spain and Thailand, or South Asian countries …

The Big Picture

The PM’s Challenge: How Should Industry Respond?

The Prime Minister has set the pace with not only emphasising the importance of domestic tourism but also giving good reasons for doing so. We bring you a selection of senior leadership sharing their roadmap. Vinod Duggal, former DG Tourism and Governor of Manipur, stresses the need for states to become pro-active. During my tenure as DG Tourism in the Government of India, it was post 9/11 that we were all involved in the branding …

HotelScapes

Marketplace: Economy & Tourism impact numbers

India’s leading hospitality consulting, asset management and investment advisory, Hotelivate, in its recent report on 2018/19, says growth was muted, occupancies were higher but not the rates. Reviewing the 2018/19 performance of hotels across the length and breadth of our country, we were pushed to wonder what was causing them to be ‘stuck in orbit’. Why was it that despite the demand-supply equation favoring growth across most markets, the nationwide numbers (both occupancy and average …

HotelScapes

Hospitality: Ease of Doing Business is Critical

Indian tourism and Indian hospitality industry in particular is seeking a greater ease in doing business. We bring you two prominent hoteliers to speak on what is desirable in the system. These are most constructive suggessions which would significant transparency in how we build hotels across the country. JB Singh, president, Interglobe Hotels: Ensure a sustainable business eco-system to bring more investments. Stepping up hotel infrastructure is pivotal in refining the standards of tourism and hospitality …

HotelScapes

Goa: Crowds could bring loss of Domestic numbers

Goafs veteran hotelier, Sunder Advani, CMD, Renaissance Goa Resort began his innings in the state in 1990, and has been keenly involved with the statefs tourism sector ever since. When Sunder Gurdas Advani opened the Ramada Renaissance Goa Resort on a 24-acre, palm-speckled swath of Varca Beach in 1990, Panaji was just a stopover for the single flight from Mumbai to Kochi. Today, as many as 87 flights take off and land in Goa. In …

Destination India

Inbound: Industry Response Inadequate; Tourism Needs a More realistic Mission, says CAPA report

CAPA India, in association with PATA India Chapter has released an extensive report on the inadequacies of the industry response to the challenges in promoting inbound tourism into India: The Honourable Prime Minister is India’s leading tourism ambassador. At every Indian and global forum he inspires the entire Indian tourism industry to take step changes to achieve its potential, and to move away from an incremental approach. The response of the industry and related institutions …

Cities & States

Jaipur: JLL 2020 consolidates as a new-age tourism driver

The Jaipur Literary Festival has indeed become as integral to Rajasthan’s already vibrant annual calender, so much so, it is now vying for space amongst tourists as its legendary festivals. Precursor to some 200 more such festivals, its best tribute must be the clones it has fostered in India and overseas. Founded in 2006, it is described as the world’s largest free literary festival. That’s not too difficult a feat given it is in India, …

HotelScapes

Hidden gems for your new year’s getaway!  

After a hectic year of work and life, everyone deserves to party their way on New Year’s Eve. Whether you like to dance the night away or relax over great food and drinks with loved ones, there’s no better place for it than to get away from the city. It’s not just the noise and traffic that you escape, but also the much-needed break from your daily routine. And if you haven’t got yourself a …

India Global

Lot Polish Airlines connects Delhi to Warsaw; promotion needed to boost hubbing prospects

Polish Airlines has reasons to be enthusiastic about its second foray into India, as it celebrates its 90 years of operation. And admittedly embarks on an ambitious goal of establishing itself as the hub of the European airspace for Indian flyers heading to Warsaw and beyond. Much has changed, in India and Poland, since the heady days of the 1990s, when the Polish carrier connected the two countries, later withdrawing from the Indian market. As …

Cities & States

Maharashtra to privatize 22 forts, ropes in private sector for heritage conservation

Maharashtra state government has given the go-ahead to privatise 22 forts under its jurisdiction. On the lines of Rajasthan and Goa, the new tourism policy promulgated by the state government would enable private players and consortia to manage 22 forts that are not under the purview of the ASI. These structures are categorised under class 2, meaning they are of lesser historical significance and can be developed by interested parties. Besides resorts, the new policy …

New-age Drivers

TIRUN’s Celebrity Apex promises the best European experience, a cutting-EDGE ship

TIRUN has announced the launch of Celebrity Apex from Celebrity Cruises, promising the best European experience onboard a cutting-Edge ship, Celebrity Apex. The latest ship follows in line the legacy established by its iconic sister ship Celebrity Edge, which was just named amongst 2019 TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places. Celebrity Apex features an innovative outward-facing design and transformational accommodations that offer guests the best experience to experience the vastness of the ocean to the fullest. Now, …

New-age Drivers

Industry veteran Senthil Gopinath appointed new CEO by ICCA’s Board of Directors

ICCA’s Board of Directors has appointed Senthil Gopinath to serve as the organisation’s new CEO. As per ICCA by-laws, the Board made the selection in a closed-vote process, with Gopinath winning by majority vote. He began his new role in April 2019. “Senthil brings the qualities that we most need in a leader at this juncture,” said James Rees, ICCA President and Executive Director of ExCeL London. “Throughout his career, he has demonstrated not only …

HotelScapes

The re-imagined Ginger, City Centre Noida, reflects company’s lean luxe positioning

Ginger has unveiled the first lean luxe hotel in Delhi NCR at- Ginger Noida, City Center. The new spaces reflect a completely fresh and stylish take on design.   The Re-imagined Ginger Noida presents a co-existence of contrasts through dynamic spaces, seamlessly blending the lines of work and play, bringing about a fusion of global and local sensibilities. The design creates experiences that are vibrant, quirky, intuitive and smart. The hotel also unveils Café Et Cetera, its signature all day diner offering comfort food …

Infrastructure

Vietjet announces first-ever direct routes between Vietnam and New Delhi

Vietjet has announced its operations of direct flights between India and Vietnam. The new routes are the first-ever non-stop flights from New Delhi to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. To celebrate the launch, the airline is offering super-saving tickets priced INR 9 onwards, during its three ‘golden days’ – a special promotion by the airline from August 20 to 22, 2019. Commencing on December 6, 2019, the New Delhi – Ho Chi Minh City …

The Big Picture

MoT introduces Tourist Facilitator Certification Program to boost tourist experience

Ministry of Tourism has recently launched The Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification (IITFC). The program aims to create an online platform to provide training and certification to new-age tourist facilitators available anytime, anywhere, any device and self-paced. Enabling Indian citizens to develop and enhance the skills associated with tourism, it is a digital initiative where one can incorporate knowledge about facilitating tourists across the country. The certification program comprises of basic and advance self-paced courses …

The Big Picture

Uniformity in policies and ease of business emerge as core concerns at BITB Paryatan se Parivartan

In its 15th conclave in the past 30 months, under the BITB banner, Paryatan se Parivartan brought together 40+ senior leaders, across verticals, from industry and government, to moot the way forward for tourism. In five engrossing sessions and two keynotes, the senior leadership of the industry, across verticals, determined the road ahead for the sector. They discussed subjects of ‘Tackling an elitist image and how’, ‘Special Tourism Zones, Why and How’, ‘Connectivity, Skillsets, Heritage …