Category Archives: Hotels

Deutsche Hospitality appoints Discover the World as India GSA

Discover the World has announced that it now represents Deutsche Hospitality in India alongside the other countries of France, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States and Russia. Deutsche Hospitality’s Vice President of Group Sales, Daniela Lindner said, “We have great experience with Discover the World representing us in other countries.  We wanted a trusted partner to enable us to expand our corporate and MICE opportunities.” “We are pleased Deutsche Hospitality has put their trust in us once again and this time in India,” said Ian Murray, Discover the World’s Executive Vice President.  “With us being so familiar with all of the hotel brands under the operation of Deutsche Hospitality, it will make it very easy to set up and begin selling and marketing their five well-known hotel brands—Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, MAXX by Steigenberger, Jaz in the City and IntercityHotel and Zleep Hotels—in India.”

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Average room rates of two-star hotels increase by 8.5 per cent y-o-y during FY18

Despite registering a decline in occupancy rates, two-star hotels witnessed maximum growth in average room rates (ARR) and increased by about 8.5 per cent y-o-y during FY18, according to a report by Hotelivate. This was followed by three-star hotels that registered a growth of about 5% y-o-y in FY18. 4 star and 5 star D hotels recorded a growth of 3 per cent y-o-y each in average room rates. Five-star hotels, however, registered the lowest growth about 1.8 per cent y-o-y in the group during the year. This may be attributed to the gradual escalation of commercial activity in Tier II and Tier III cities as well as increased domestic travel.

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Business travellers to generate maximum revenues in hospitality over the next few years

Revenues from business travellers will grow significantly over the next few years, according to a CII-PwC report. Although MiCE has not been a significant contributor to the Indian hospitality sector so far, this trend is likely to change with better planning as well as improved infrastructure. On the other hand, few CEOs believe that leisure travel will keep pace with growth seen in business travel and MiCE. A large section of leisure travellers continue to perceive hotels as a luxury.

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Explora bags new client with Pavilions Hotels & Resorts

Mumbai-based Explora, led by Managing Partners, Karishma Kazi and Sunny Katara, has now signed a new agreement with Pavilions Hotels & Resorts to promote three of their properties in India with effect from June 1, 2019. These include The Pavilions Phuket, The Pavilions Bali and The Pavilions Himalayas and categorised as high-end, luxury properties. Revealing this is Sunny Katara, Managing Partner, Explora, who says, “The luxury hotel chain has chosen us to be their strategic partner for Business development in India. This is an exclusive agreement for the India market. They chose us because they saw the good work we have done for our other clients. India is an important market for them and they are looking to tap the growing Indian outbound. We have recommended starting with roadshows in multiple cities as their focus is pan-India.”

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Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra, opens with 239 rooms

The Indian Hotels Company Limited has introduced the iconic Taj brand in Agra with the opening of Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. The hotel is spread over 4.5 acres is ideally located within walking distance from the Taj Mahal. The 239 spacious rooms are elegantly designed in a contemporary style. The hotel offers multiple dining options such as Palato, the all-day diner, Daawat-e-Nawaab, the Indian specialty restaurant and two lounges – Liquid Lounge and Tea Lounge. The pièce de résistance is Infini – The Sky Lounge, a rooftop bar with stunning views of the Taj Mahal. Guests can enjoy a swim in the infinity pool which also overlooks the Taj Mahal. Rohit Khosla, Executive Vice President – Operations, North and West India, IHCL, said “We are excited to bring the Taj brand to the historic city of Agra. Agra is renowned world over for being one of the most culturally rich cities. Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra offering spectacular views of the Taj Mahal promises to be a great draw for both, domestic as well as international travellers.” This luxury hotel in Agra is an ideal destination for large conferences and destination weddings. It offers 40,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor banqueting space including a 14,000 sq. ft. pillar-less hall which is one of the largest in North India. “Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra is located in close proximity to major tourist attractions. It is ideally suited for leisure travellers and is the perfect venue for conferences and weddings. I am looking forward to welcoming guests to this new luxury address in the city.” said Rajat Tuli, General Manager, Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. With …

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Gold Stone Hotels and Resorts expands its portfolio in Dhanaulti, Uttrakhand

Gold Stone Hotels and Resorts expands its portfolio in Dhanaulti, Uttrakhand under its  brand name, ‘Comfort’. Dhanaulti has emerged as a satellite hill station to Mussoorie and benefits from close proximity to the beautiful valley of Dehradun. The spread out  35 Keys Hotel has two Banquets, 01 Restaurant & Entertainment Zone apart from Fitness Centre & Spa. Housing facilities for all age groups, the Hotel is a Self Reliant option for the clientele intending to un-wing in the serene nature. The hospitality group has signed eight properties under its flagships in a spectacular short span of just four months.

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Radisson Hotel Group unveils its new meetings and events offering, Radisson Meetings

Radisson Hotel Group has unveiled new global offering for the meeting and events segment. Known as Radisson Meetings, the incentive is available across the group’s seven hotel brand. Radisson Meetings is developed around the three core elements of successful events – Personal, Professional and Memorable – while being 100% carbon neutral through offsetting . Eric De Neef, Executive Vice President & Global Chief Commercial Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We are investing in our meeting venues at our 1,100+ hotels worldwide, in training of our teams, and in technology. A state-of-the-art IT infrastructure and distribution platform are core elements helping us to deliver our brand promise.” With the launch of Radisson Meetings, Radisson Hotel Group automatically offsets the carbon footprint of every meeting or event taking place at our hotels worldwide, at no cost to attendees or organisers. To do this, Radisson Hotel Group has teamed up with FirstClimate, one of the largest carbon offsetting organisations in the world.

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Grand Hyatt Gurgaon to open in Q4

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that 21 new luxury hotels and resorts are planned to open in Asia Pacific by the end of 2020. This expansion is comprised of seven Park Hyatt branded properties, six hotels each under the Grand Hyatt and Andaz brands and two Alila branded resorts, boosting Hyatt’s luxury portfolio in the region by more than 25%. Additionally, the Grand Hyatt brand continues its steady growth momentum with new openings in emerging cities in China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Planned openings in 2019 are- • Andaz Dubai The Palm in the United Arab Emirates • Andaz Gangnam Seoul in South Korea • Grand Hyatt Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia • Grand Hyatt Gurgaon in India • Grand Hyatt Hefei in China • Park Hyatt Auckland in New Zealand • Park Hyatt Doha in Qatar • Park Hyatt Jakarta in Indonesia • Park Hyatt Kyoto in Japan • Park Hyatt Shenzhen in China

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Sarovar to add 1000 room in India and Africa by 2019 end

Ajay K Bakaya, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels and Resorts, in an exclusive conversation with Tourism Breaking News discloses the group’s robust plans for the India and Africa market. He says, “We chose Africa, besides India because we understand the continent more than our competition does and the potential is colossal. We would love to go to the Middle East; we’ve had very little success there but now we are working harder than before. In 2019, we will be opening close to 1000 rooms in India and Africa. The properties that will open this year are in – Rajahmundry, Dar Es Salaam, Katra, Dehradun, Dahisar, Jammu, Goa, Dibrugarh, Morbi, Junagadh, Dalhousie, Auxum (Ethiopia), Bodh Gaya and Jalandhar.

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TUTC to start its luxury camp from 15 May to 30 September

The Ultimate Travelling Camps (TUTC) has uber luxurious seasonal camps in Leh and Nubra Valley have begun operations from May 15, 2019, until end of September— a favourable time to visit Ladakh. A delight for the senses and soul, Chamba Camp Thiksey has a newly introduced Wellness Hermitage – Swadhya that will introduce guests to the most unique self-discovery and healing rituals waiting to be rediscovered. These healing therapies are an amalgamation of Ayurvedic and Tibetan healing that has been practiced for thousands of years in Ladakh. The packages start from Rs. 96000 per tent (on double sharing) for 3 night package in Diskit and Rs. 108000 per tent (on double sharing) for 3 night in Thiksey.

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