Category Archives: Hotels

IHG debuts Staybridge Suites® in India

IHG Hotels and Resorts has announced the debut of its extended-stay brand, Staybridge Suites® in India with the signing of Staybridge Suites Bengaluru Thanisandra. Signed as a management agreement in partnership with NR Greenwood Construction, the hotel is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2023. Staybridge Suites is IHG’s upscale extended-stay hotel brand which offers amenities such as a fully equipped kitchen in suites, a dedicated outdoor space, daily complimentary hot breakfast with signature items and an evening social event three nights a week.  

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Karnataka to accord Industry status to classified hotels

The Karnataka State Cabinet has approved the proposal to accord ‘Industry’ status to hotels and resorts classified or approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in Karnataka. The decision is expected to boost recovery of the hospitality sector through various benefits, including applicability of industrial tariff for electricity and property taxes.

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Goa grew to be the RevPAR leader in absolute terms in Q4 2020: JLL

Goa grew to be the RevPAR leader in absolute terms, despite a decline of RevPAR by 33.3% in Q4 2020, making it the fastest recovering market in absolute terms. Jaideep Dang, MD, Hotels and Hospitality Group, South Asia, JLL, says, “We are already seeing signs of domestic business travel pick up in the new year. We expect that occupancies in business hotels to ramp up from March-April 2021 onwards.”

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StreetGooser signs MoU with HATS Kerala Homestay and Tourism Society

StreetGooser, a cloud-based accommodation management system with 4,000 hotels in its kitty, has signed an MoU with HATS – a consortium of homestays and tourism promoters which has, under its belt, a thousand homestays across Kerala. Shakthivelu M, Managing Director and Co-founder of StreetGooser, says, “We, at StreetGooser, have provided our Property Management System for free to members of HATS as there is an innate synergy between our two organizations.” John Varghese N, CEO and Founder of StreetGooser adds, “StreetGooser will hold webinars to educate and integrate homestay owners into the system. Our cutting-edge technology helps home owners to run their business efficiently and smoothly, giving them the tools to hike occupancy rates and revenue.” “Homestays have their own USPs,” says MP Sivadathan, Director Kerala HATS & Member, State Tourism Advisory Committee. “Homestays offer tourists secure and affordable accommodation, personalized service, the opportunity to interact with hosts who have local know-how and relish cuisine that is fresh, seasonal and organic,” he adds. However, home stays often have challenges, especially when located in off-trail areas. Boosting occupancy and revenue becomes difficult in the absence of an online presence. “Another spin-off of the partnership is that homestays that are unique and experiential will be showcased on, giving them greater visibility,” says  Hema Manghnani, Vice-President Business Development. “GypZe is a flagship venture of StreetGooser and a one-of-a-kind online travel companion and guide,” she explains. “It is essentially a booking platform dedicated to experiential stays.”

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IHG presents 16 brands under 4 ‘Collections’

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has headed into year 2021 by refreshing its identity, moving from IHG to IHG Hotels & Resorts and giving a makeover to its visual identity as well. It is also now presenting its 16 brands under four collections, namely ‘The Luxury and Lifestyle Collection’, ‘The Premium Collection’, ‘The Essentials Collection’, and ‘The Suites Collection’.

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Eros Hotel opens ‘Empress of China’ restaurant

Eros Hotel New Delhi Nehru Place has reopened its ‘Empress of China’ restaurant, which is known for its authentic Chinese flavours and old-world charm. The Fine Dining Chinese speciality restaurant boasts of an elegant and spacious private dining room with attached lawn that provides a stunning view of the famous Lotus Temple and makes the guests feel closer to the nature. Empress of China epitomises the magic of authentic Chinese delicacies and brings out distinctive and contrasting flavours of the three main provinces namely – Sichuan, Yunnan and Hunan. The restaurant’s Master Chef Tenzin Losel along with his team, has curated a gourmet menu offering ample options all for food connoisseurs. Empress of China’s specialities include Beijing Duck, Szechuan Red Snapper, Salt Baked Chicken, Empress Dim Sum Platter, Empress Corn Cake, Steamed Jasmine Chocolate among others. “In light of the current situation, we are following all protocols to keep the place hygienically clean and safe for all our guests and team members. We are taking all safety precautions and ensuring safe distancing so that our patrons feel the same warmth and comfort while enjoying their favourite food at Eros Hotel,” said Davinder Juj, General Manager, Eros Hotel New Delhi. Restaurant Timings: 1900 hrs – 0000 hrs Cost for two:  INR 3000 plus taxes

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