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Cross Chiang Mai Riverside becomes top choice for Instagrammers in Trip.Best Asia 100 list

Leading online travel service provider Trip.com has released its 2024 Trip.Best Global and Asia 100 list, where Cross Chiang Mai Riverside has become a top choice for Instagrammers in Chiang Mai in the category of 100 Instagrammable Hotels due to its stunning design and visually appealing aesthetics. The desire to capture beautiful images for Instagram has led everyone to constantly search for picturesque backgrounds at the hotel. The hotel provides roomy suites with a blend of classic and mid-modern styles. Each room features expansive balconies with picturesque river views. Guests can enjoy panoramic riverside scenes from the rooftop pool and gym. The tastefully decorated interiors and unique furnishings are perfect for Instagram-worthy photos.

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We urge the Government to simplify license procurement, reduce bureaucracy and clarify regulations: HRAWI

Pushing the agenda for the hospitality sector, Pradeep Shetty, President, HRAWI, says, “Apart from our longest standing demands for Industry and Infrastructure statuses, we urge the Government to streamline regulatory processes to facilitate Ease of Doing business. Simplifying license procurement, reducing bureaucracy and clarifying regulations will promote growth and innovation within the sector.”

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Home-sharing to stay as preferred choice over traditional hotels with 10-14% growth between 2017-23

Mckinsey report revealed, home-sharing continues to position itself as better than traditional hotels, segment has grown from 10-14% of booking value between 2017 and 2023. Home-sharing companies have also become a key distribution channel for smaller hotels, as they can offer more control over inventory and lower fees than other channels.

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Germany outpaces France in actual hotel bookings, receiving 19% of all bookings from India, compared to France’s 16%: RateGain

According to data from Adara, a RateGain Company, an impressive 62% of all hotel searches from India in the last two months have been for France. The allure of witnessing the Olympics, combined with the romantic and cultural magnetism of Paris, has captured the imagination of many. Contrary to the search data, Germany has outpaced France in actual hotel bookings, receiving 19% of all bookings from India, compared to France’s 16%. Several factors contribute to this trend, reflecting practical considerations over aspirational searches.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Hospitality Excellence: Sarova Hotels & Resorts Marks a Milestone

Sarova Hotels is a brand woven into the very fabric of the nation’s tourism industry and Kenya’s vibrant heart beats anew in celebration, as this beacon of homegrown hospitality commemorated its 50th anniversary in April 2024. More than just a milestone, this golden jubilee is a testament to a rich legacy of service and deep values that have shaped the journey. The vision for this indigenous hotel brand was born in 1974 when its founding patriarchs, G.S. Vohra, Mohinder Singh Vohra and John Ngata Kariuki demonstrated their love for family in an interesting yet befitting act. The name SAROVA was coined, an acronym derived from their wives’ first names; SA- Swaran Vohra (Mohinder’s wife) RO- Rose Kariuki (John’s wife) VA- Varsha Vohra (G.S’s wife) Soon after, their first venture in the hotel industry took place with the acquisition of the Ambassadeur Hotel on Moi Avenue, owned by the family until 1998. Leisurely Delights, Each Location an Experience Over the years through bold and spontaneous moves, Sarova has expanded its footprint across Kenya with a portfolio of 9 properties, each proof of a firm commitment to quality and innovation. These properties include Sarova Stanley & Sarova Panafric in Nairobi, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa in Mombasa, Sarova Woodlands Hotel & Spa and Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge in Nakuru, Sarova Shaba Game Lodge in Samburu, Sarova Mara Game Camp in Masai Mara, Sarova Imperial Hotel in Kisumu and Sarova Maiyan in Nanyuki. This evolution has continued with the launch of the first standalone speciality restaurant, Thai Chi by Sarova launched in 2023 in Nairobi, an extension of Thai Chi Restaurant at Sarova Stanley. Each hotel is a microcosm of Kenyan …

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Goa witnessed the largest y-o-y decline in occupancy rate, while Kolkata registered the highest growth during the month: HVS-ANAROCK

Highlighting key trends in the Indian hospitality industry, the HVS ANAROCK Hotels & Hospitality Overview – May 2024, states that Goa witnessed the largest year-on-year decline in occupancy rate, while Kolkata registered the highest growth during the month. After a long hiatus, Mumbai recorded higher average rates than Goa, exceeding INR 10,000 and INR 9,500 respectively.”

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MRG Group announces the debut of Navi Mumbai Marriott Hotel,

MRG Group, the Bengaluru-based hospitality and real estate company that spearheads the lifestyle hotel brand Goldfinch Hotels & Resorts, announces the debut of Navi Mumbai Marriott Hotel, set in Navi Mumbai. Strategically positioned along the Thane Belapur Road, the Navi Mumbai Marriott Hotel stands as a beacon of convenience and accessibility. With a 26 km distance from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, it ensures a seamless journey for both domestic and international guests. Additionally, its close proximity, just 12 km, to the upcoming DB Patil International Airport positions it as a frontrunner in future connectivity.

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ITC Hotels signs management agreement for a property under brand Storii, in Jaisalmer

ITC Hotels recently signed a management agreement with Jaipur based Dangayach Group, for a property under brand Storii, in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Storii by ITC Hotels, Jaisalmer is set to be a 119-key resort located towards the east of the city on Jodhpur-Jaisalmer Road. The resort will feature a restaurant, bar, approximately 7000 sqft of banquet and meeting space. Jaisalmer is one of the largest tourism districts in Rajasthan and is featured as a “must-visit” destination in most Rajasthan desert circuits. The city offers a perfect blend of art, architecture, hospitality, scenic beauty, and cuisine. Jaisalmer is renowned for its unconventional desert safari with camel rides, cultural performances, and adventure activities. The city’s yellow sandstone is known to glow during sunset, making it a high point in every tourist’s itinerary. The resort’s yellow-stone fort architecture is inspired by the regions landscape. The plush interiors and elegant décor shall provide an ambiance be-fitting the cultural significance of the city and showcase the very essence of brand Storii. Anil Chadha, Chief Executive, ITC Hotels, said “This project is a tremendous leap permitting a quick entry into a high visibility and popular leisure market with our cherished brand Storii. We are already present with over 800 keys across our various brands in Rajasthan. These include hotels in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Khimsar, Jaisalmer and Udaipur. Storii Jaisalmer will enable us to offer yet another unique destination experience in the Rajasthan desert circuit”. Harimohan Dangayach, Chairman & Founder and Atul Dangayach, Managing Director of Dangayach Group, expressed happiness at the signing ceremony and said, “We are delighted to sign Storii for our latest resort project in Jaisalmer. The resort’s positioning in a strong leisure market aligns well …

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The Imperial New Delhi joins The Leading Hotels of the World collection as the only grand dame in India

The Imperial New Delhi joins The Leading Hotels of the World, becoming the only Grand Dame in India to enter this exclusive network of independent, luxury hotels. The hotel will also be part of the Leading Hotels’ exclusive loyalty program, Leaders Club which amplifies relationships curated by Leading Hotels between like-minded curious travelers and independent hoteliers. The Imperial stands as an icon of luxury, nestled in the heart of India’s bustling capital. Spanning an eight-acre estate on Janpath, formerly Queensway, it holds court as the sole oasis amidst a sea of 32 million people. Since its inception in 1936, The Imperial has been a beacon of glamour, drawing Hollywood celebrities, Bollywood luminaries, and global royalty to its distinguished embrace. Its historic grounds witnessed the grandeur of 85 Maharajas and Maharanis convened in regal splendour during the Royal Durbar. Today, The Imperial continues to enchant with a blend of old-world charm and modern sophistication. Each of its 235 elegantly appointed rooms and lavish suites exudes illustrious elegance, seamlessly blending heritage with cutting-edge technology. Hundreds of hand-knotted carpets weave tales of artisanal mastery, while the world’s largest private collection of 5,500 Indo-European artworks from 17th & 18th century, offer a captivating glimpse into the region’s rich cultural tapestry of a bygone era. One can embark on the finest epicurean journey through an array of world class restaurants. From the intricate flavors of Italian cuisine to the bold spices of Asia, each dish at The Imperial reflects a dedication to culinary mastery and an unwavering commitment to authenticity. Whether indulging in a light Indian lunch or dinner at the hotel’s Indo-European Brasserie 1911 or exploring the culinary delights of San Gimignano and Spice …

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Cygnett Hotels & Resorts unveils expansion plans at 7th Annual GM Conclave

India’s fastest-growing hospitality chain, Cygnett Hotels & Resorts, recently held its 7th annual GM Conclave in Cygnett Style Jaipur under the theme ‘Aggrandize Hospitality Cygnett Horizons 2024.’ The event provided a platform for discussing the company’s strategic expansion plans and key insights into transformational changes in the hospitality industry. Sarbendra Sarkar, Founder and Managing Director, Cygnett Hotels & Resorts, shared that Cygnett is on track to open 15 new hotels and 1200 keys over the next year, with ten currently under project & pre-opening stage. This expansion aligns with the company’s vision of innovation and cultural transformation. The new properties opening in June, July and August, such as Cozzet Deera in Sonipat (41 keys), Cozzet Mahad (Mahad Maharashtra industrial area) (60 keys), and Cygnett Inn Airport in Jaipur (45 keys), represent the company’s commitment to meeting growing demands and maintaining high hospitality standards. Cygnett also plans to hire over 1,000 hospitality professionals and establish the Cygnett Learning Academy to address the current talent shortage and train new aspirants. Cygnett Hotel and Resort was ranked second in new hotel signings in 2023, according to a report released by HVS. At the event, Sarkar emphasised the importance of cultural transformation and innovation as the driving forces behind the company’s expansion. He noted that the rapid growth of domestic tourism and rising ADRs provide a promising outlook for the hospitality sector. He reiterated the company’s optimism about India’s hospitality prospects as it leverages increased government focus on infrastructure to bolster its growth. The conclave also highlighted Cygnett’s strong focus on sustainability. Their Sustainable Plan 2025 includes eco-friendly initiatives such as energy-efficient technologies, water conservation, waste management, and upgraded transportation facilities. These efforts aim …

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