Category Archives: Hotels

Rebrandings accounted for 24% of the openings in 2018

According to a recent report by HVS ANAROCK, the significant jump in 2018 and 2017 hotel openings over 2016 is partly a result of rebranding, the most notable being the migration of a 14 hotel portfolio with almost 2000 keys owned by SAMHI hotels in key locations, to Holiday Inn Express rebranded openings accounted for 24% of the openings in 2018. The year 2019 is expected to outpace 2018 with a total of 105 new branded hotel openings with a total key count of 8,574 keys. The effort to open new hotels, big or small, requires hotel operators to coordinate large amounts of preopening effort. So, while domestic operators opened 65 hotels of the total 134 openings in 2018, which represents nearly half of all the openings, in terms of key counts, domestic operators represented only 32% of the total 7,215 keys.

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Four Seasons Bengaluru to open reservations from May 1

Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru at Embassy ONE is now confirming reservations beginning May 1, 2019, with introductory offers tailor-made for those who want to be among the first to experience the second Four Seasons hotel in India. The hotel is part of the new Embassy ONE development, encompassing the 230-room Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru, 105 Four Seasons Private Residences, and commercial space. The estate is conveniently located at about a 30-minute drive from the airport and well connected to the central business district. Within the Hotel, local guests and international travellers will find a warm and inviting all day dining restaurant, CUR8, featuring a showpiece grill and a custom-built, supersize pizza oven with interactive live counters; The Lounge & Terrace, which could be the perfect place for a relaxed afternoon tea; and a curated selection of whiskies from around the world at The Collection. The outdoor pool in the lushly landscaped private gardens will lend a resort-like feel to the place leading guests to Infuse Spa, an uplifting hideaway for modern and holistic wellness solutions. “An extraordinary journey is about to begin as Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru opens its doors. Experience an amazing culinary journey with us or visit the tranquil setting at the outdoor pool area – a spectacular and rejuvenating oasis for relaxation. Our teams are all geared up and excitedly look forward to welcoming guests as the curtains rise. The magic is about to unfold,” says General Manager Fredrik Blomqvist. Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru is located in the city’s northern corridor, close to Kempegowda International Airport, key business districts and landmarks including Bangalore Palace and Cubbon Park. It will be the second Four Seasons in India, joining …

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Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts concludes its India roadshow with 200+ customers

Hong Kong’s largest hotel group, Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts recently concluded its roadshow in India.  During the roadshow, from April 8 -12, the sales representatives met with more than 200 customers from corporations, professional conference organisers and travel agencies in Mumbai and Delhi. The delegates were from- Harbour Grand Kowloon, Harbour Plaza Metropolis, Kowloon Harbour Front, Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees and Harbour Plaza Resort City. “India is a key market for our hotels in Hong Kong. We like to bring to our business partner the latest updates and development of our group which include the recently renovated Harbour Grand Kowloon lobby with the ‘Prisms of light’ – a chandelier of 150,000 pieces Swarovski crystals. In the third quarter of this year, a new tower extension of the hotel with 360 brand new guest rooms and suites, all with a panoramic view of either the city or the harbour, will be opened. This will bring the total room inventory to close to 1,000, becoming one of the biggest 5 star hotels in Hong Kong”, said Priyanka, Director of Nijhawan Group, GSA for Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts in India. “We’re opening this fall a brand new hotel, which will bring the group’s total room inventory in the city to more than 9300 rooms. Hotel Alexandra, with 840 guest rooms, is well located at the North Point harbour front. The hotel is designed exquisitely melding sophisticated French neoclassicism with contemporary elements, a combination of timeless affluent elegance and modern concepts delighting even the most discerning travelers. The lobby is adorned with rich red and gold colour, accented on numerous grand chandeliers with a judicious use of mirrors, flower engraved golden doors, …

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25% of Accor’s current inventory is in the pipeline: Jean-Michel Cassé

Accor has recently announced the advent of its Raffles brand in the Indian market. Speaking more on the expansion, Jean-Michel Cassé, COO– India and South Asia, Accor, says, “Today we have 51 properties in India and one in Colombo, 52 in the region. In total, Accor has the presence of 9,500 rooms and we are present in 22 cities. What we have in the pipeline today is 25 per cent of our current inventory that will come in the next 3-5 years. Hopefully, we will also see new brands in this pipeline.”

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8,574 new keys in India this year: HVS ANAROCK

The year 2019 is expected to outpace 2018 with a total of 105 new branded hotel openings with a total key count of 8,574 keys, according to a ‘India Hospitality Industry Review’ report by HVS ANAROCK. The effort to open new hotels, big or small, requires hotel operators to coordinate large amounts of pre-opening effort. So, while domestic operators opened 65 hotels of the total 134 openings in 2018, which represents nearly half of all the openings in terms of key counts, domestic operators represented only 32 per cent of the total 7,215 keys. Bengaluru witnessed the largest number of new openings by a large margin, in part due to the opening of the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre with 360 keys.

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Justa to open 30-room property in Delhi in 2019 end

Justa Hotels & Resorts is all set to open a new property in Greater Kailash, New Delhi. The hotel would be a design hotel with a new concept, reveals Rohit Katyal, National Sales Head, Justa Hotels & Resorts. “The new hotel will have 30 rooms and it will be a design hotel. It would be on the lines of our property in Chennai, but not similar. It will be a modern property with an international feel to it. We will be opening the property in winter 2019.” The brand already has a property in the same vicinity. Last year. Justa Hotels & Resorts opened two properties. First was Justa Sajjangarh Spa Resort, Udaipur with 63 Keys close to Biodiversity Park. The other was to sign up Justa Atrio Resort in Delhi in close vicinity to Gurgaon and Aerocity. It was the first hotel for the brand on management contract in Delhi.

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Radisson Collection eyes Goa, Rajasthan & Bengaluru to make its India debut

Radisson Hotel Group opened seven new hotels in India in 2018, and the group is on track to reach the landmark of opening its 100th hotel in India this year. New hotels set to open within the next 12 months include India’s first Radisson RED hotel, located in Mohali. The group is also planning to debut its Radisson Collection, which is in the luxury space above Radisson Blu. Zubin Saxena, Managing Director and Vice President Operations, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group, says, “We are looking at launching Radisson Collection brand in the near future. We are actively in discussions for various sites in India for this. We would love to have the Radisson Collection brand as a palace in Rajasthan, or a high-end resort in Goa, or even a city hotel in Bengaluru with a large convention centre. The brand has a large appeal and we see it being successful in various formats across tier I markets, tier II markets as well as resort locations. Once we have the right location and partner for this, we will announce it,”

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Room supply to grow by 4% and demand by 7% in 2019

HVS ANAROCK recently released its industry review for 2018. According to the report,  the supply of rooms is anticipated to grow by 4.0% and demand by 7.0% in 2019. Over the last 2 years, hotel supply grew by 3.7% in 2017 and 3.5% in 2018, whilst demand grew by 7% and 6.8% in the respective years. While both the past years have paved the way for strong growth in demand for 2019 driven by strong economic growth in the country, some headwinds in 2019 are expected to dampen the performance turnout for the year. The first major reason is the country’s general election, during which the commercial market, the main stay for hotels in the country, puts on hold all decision making in anticipation of the election results that could potentially have a material impact on several policy initiatives of the government. Thankfully though, elections will be held in the summer months when demand in the country is comparatively low, limiting its negative impact on hotel performances.The second major reason is the impact of new hotel supply that is expected to commence operations in the current year. As per our estimates, 8,574 keys will enter the market in 2019, a nearly 19% rise over the last two years.

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