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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Marriott: Consistent with revenues & growth

Marriott Hotels have grown significantly in India, especially after their buy-out of Starwood Hotels. In the last two years, a further steady growth in number of hotels and rooms and brands, has ensured a diversified portfolio. How has the year been for Marriott? I realise as a foreign entity, you work as per calendar year. 2019 was a busy year for Marriott in India. A good year, all things considered, with some 3000 rooms added, …

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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 …

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Open to IPO, expect a better valuation in the next two years: Pride Hotels CEO Satyen Jain

Satyen Jain, CEO, Pride Hotels, believed that ‘wait and watch’ was a prudent strategy in the current business milieu before taking the IPO route, and suggested that a better market valuation was possible in the next two years. In a freewheeling chat, he spoke on several issues, including the much-awaited second property in South Goa. Excerpts:  That Pride Hotels was keen on taking the IPO route was a known fact but not much headway had …

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The Savoy stands out for true recreation of colonial legacy, a testimony to passion in hoteliering

What makes The Savoy distinct is perhaps its fascinating story but equally its painstaking restoration. India is replete with examples of heritage that have been transformed into hotels. However, the restoration work that has gone behind resurrecting the Savoy is beyond ordinary. The close to a decade-long effort behind carefully restoring the hotel to its original grandeur makes it one of the most, if not the most, exemplary hotel projects in recent history.  The Savoy …

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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 …

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Industry leaders must speak their mind; Parivartan requires leadership, says Puneet Chhatwal

Mr Chhatwal, MD & CEO, IHCL, was at his informative and assertive best at the recently concluded BITB Paryatan se Parivartan. He touched upon numerous issues impacting the growth of the hospitality sector, making a pitch for leaders to take a strong stand, noting that the industry could ill-afford to play the waiting game, expecting the government to make a move. He also asked the industry to stop its fixation with the foreign inbound and suggested …

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Experiential, immersive tourism is here to stay; it’s advantage standalone hotels, believe insiders

Immersive and experiential tourism have acquired serious business propositions and can no longer be viewed as peripheral offerings. As the consumer’s awareness, capacity to spend on travel and desire to sample the unique grows, the segment will acquire a more significant standing in the hospitality business landscape and revenue pie, feel leading hoteliers. We spoke to them to understand what’s trending in the segment which has transformed into a mainstream and can’t be termed niche …

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IHCL to add 25 hotels in 2 years; Puneet Chhatwal exudes confidence on the road ahead

Puneet Chhatwal, MD and CEO, IHCL, declared that IHCL was poised to add a hotel every month, adding 25 hotels to the portfolio in the next two years. Mr Chhatwal was addressing an intimate gathering of guests and partners at an evening reception hosted in the capital. The event coincided with the IHCL Sales Mission which, in its third year, has emerged as a “major platform” for the company to showcase its latest offerings and …

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Sarovar Hotel expands portfolio in Haryana with Geeta Sarovar Portico, Panipat

Sarovar Hotels has expanded its presence in Haryana with the new signing in Panipat, also known as the “City Of Weavers”.  Geeta Sarovar Portico is a mid-scale hotel located off National Highway No. 1. The Hotel upon completion by the end of 2019, will offer all facilities and services of an upscale hotel for its business and leisure travellers. The Hotel has 50 rooms including suites, with a multi cuisine restaurant, Rooftop swimming pool, Lawn …

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Sarovar Hotel expands portfolio in Haryana with Geeta Sarovar Portico, Panipat

Sarovar Hotels has expanded its presence in Haryana with the new signing in Panipat, also known as the “City Of Weavers”.  Geeta Sarovar Portico is a mid-scale hotel located off National Highway No. 1. The Hotel upon completion by the end of 2019, will offer all facilities and services of an upscale hotel for its business and leisure travellers. The Hotel has 50 rooms including suites, with a multi cuisine restaurant, Rooftop swimming pool, Lawn …

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FHRAI comes down hard on food service aggregators; warns of nationwide protests

Amidst the on-going conflict between OTAs and hotels, a new but similar dispute has been brewing between restaurants and Food Service Aggregators (FSAs) across the country. Based on widespread complaints along with acute condemnation and agitation from its members, regional associations and affiliated associations regarding various issues that are hurting the Industry, the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has called upon FSAs to engage in a fruitful dialogue with the Federation …

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Lakshyaraj Singh donates 20000 kgs of educational supplies; gets his second Guinness World Record

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar has registered his name in the prestigious Guinness Book of World Record by distributing 20000 kilograms of school supplies to less privileged students recently in Udaipur. For the uninitiated, it is his second award under the Guinness Book of World Record. As per the record citation, under the Shikhsa Porotsahan Abhiyaan, he gave a clarion call to people to collect different materials used for educational purpose, including pencils, erasers, diary, register, storybooks, …