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Accor starts exclusive offers on stays and dining & experiences in its India hotels, for Members of ALL – Accor Live Limitless.

Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, with more than 52 hotels and resorts across India has announced up to 30% off on stays and dining experiences exclusively for members of its new lifestyle loyalty programme ALL – Accor Live Limitless. To start the year on a positive note, Accor is inviting its members to benefit from the 30% off on stays and dining experiences along with complimentary breakfast at participating properties region wide from now until 11 May 2021.   “We are witnessing an overdue pent-up demand to travel with people wanting to step out of their homes to relive the simple joy of having a relaxed vacation with family. ALL members can put to good use up to 30% discount on stays, dining experiences. Keeping in mind the safety and hygiene protocols that are practised across our properties, our guests can enjoy their stay and be safe at the same time.” said Kerrie Hannaford, VP-Commercial, Accor India and South Asia. At Fairmont, Jaipur members of ALL will find themselves immersed in a royal ambiance reflective of the rich culture and heritage of the pink city, inspired by Jaipur’s most celebrated rulers – the Mughals and the Rajput’s. The sprawling property with classic chandeliers dangling in every room, create a seamless combination of Rajasthani decor and state-of-the-art modern facilities. A blend of French culture, design and gastronomy with warm Indian hospitality is a signature art nouveau style that Sofitel, Mumbai offers. Pondichéry Café, the all-day dining offers  live counters serving the best of Asian, Continental, French, Indian, Mediterranean, Oriental, Western and more delicacies. A luxury destination for entrepreneurs, corporates, leisure travellers and residents in the capital city is the Pullman …

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Vaccination program may help revive travel & aviation

Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director, Bird Group, commented that India’s vaccination program may help in economic recovery. “However, the Indian economy is awaiting a return to normalcy in sectors such as travel and aviation. These sectors are now carrying most of the COVID-19 burden and have yet to start operating at anywhere near pre COVID-19 levels. They are also the sectors responsible for enormous job losses and consumption declines. We expect a full throttle vaccination programme to bring the long-awaited cheer to the sector,” he added.

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Nothing for hotel and tourism fraternity

JK Mohanty, CMD, Swosti Group, shared, “We are very disappointed with the Central Government’s budget, as nothing has been given to the hotel industry or the tourism fraternity, which employs almost 10% of the workforce and also to those living in the interiors of India, where no other industry can go and survive. Many hotels, restaurants and tour operators, have closed offices for good, and still nothing has been given to them.”

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‘Number of hybrid events would increase in the future’

Anmol Zutshi, GM, Ashok Events, ITDC, says that there will be an increase in the number of hybrid events, going forward. “With restrictions in place and with reduced number of people allowed at events, there will be a happy mix of physical and virtual events. We hope things open up soon, because events require human interaction and feel,” he iterates.

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Specially-curated packages from The Nautilus, Maldives

The Nautilus is the ideal choice for a private Indian Ocean escape, and the picture-perfect bohemian hideaway offers guests incomparable romantic experiences this Valentine’s Day. The celebrated property offers guests the choice of two specially-curated packages, alongside exceptional experiences like indulging in bespoke culinary feasts anywhere on the island or sliding into the tourmaline-tinted seas to spot manta rays and whale sharks. Valentine’s Day packages at The Nautilus The Nautilus’ Rejoice in Love offers you the opportunity to pamper your Valentine with the ultimate day of romance, starting with a champagne breakfast upon your private castaway sandbank. Head to the island’s overwater Solasta Spa for a soothing couple’s treatment, enjoy beach-front sunset cocktails and end the day with a personally curated beach dinner set beneath the starry-sky. For the ultimate couple’s experience opt for the Passionate Souls package and begin the day with a lavish champagne breakfast upon the luxury yacht, Nautilus One. Indulge in a healing-specific couple’s massage at the serene Solasta Spa and end the day by toasting to your true love over sunset cocktails by the ocean accompanied by a candlelit dinner upon the pristine white sands. The Nautilus is the realisation of a vision of boundless privacy and unscripted ultimate luxury, where guests can choose exactly what they want to do, where and when. Hedonistic gastronomy The Nautilus delights in veering off script, crafting bespoke culinary journeys designed just for you. You could choose to dine upon your private sandbank for an intimate champagne breakfast, or, opt to set sail upon a luxurious glamourous yacht with personal sommelier and wine tasting. Epicureans in particular may indulge with a special lunch by the lagoon, a romantic beach …

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Accor enters strategic partnership with Faena Group for expansion

Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor, along with Alan Faena and Len Blavatnik of Faena Group, have entered a global strategic partnership aimed at expanding the Faena brand to strategic destinations worldwide. The two entities would work towards developing Faena Districts in select global destinations. The new venture will strengthen Faena’s personal and distinctive approach and will become a catalyst for exponential growth. Dubai is slated to be the first international destination. “Accor is building an experience-based hospitality platform and in doing so, we greatly value the energy and ideas that entrepreneurs, creators and visionaries bring. Alan Faena is a clear leader in the luxury lifestyle sector with his transformative concepts. Faena Districts are shifting the gravitational centers of the cities where they reside, making a true difference in their communities. These will serve as our model as we work hand-in-hand with the Faena team to help achieve their vision and global expansion ambitions. We look forward to a long and rewarding future working with Alan, Len and the entire Faena group,” said Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, Accor. “We have found in Accor a perfect partner; we have a shared vision and passion. As Faena expands, we plan to continue rethinking hospitality lifestyle and shaping the path for groundbreaking concepts, setting new industry standards in the creation of inimitable environments rooted in culture, positively transforming cities, shifting old paradigms and becoming new international cultural epicenters. It has always been our dream to share the Faena ethos and artistic This partnership will result in pioneering businesses which specialises in the development of one-of-a-kind, socially responsible, holistic environments, anchored in cultural experiences ranging from residences and hotels, art and cultural …

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StreetGooser launches B2C online platform GYPZE.com

A recent entrant in the cloud-based hotel management software domain, StreetGooser, will now launch GYPZE.com – a booking platform dedicated to experiential stays – on 14 February, 2021. It will offer booking options for under-the-radar luxury boutique home stays, villas and resorts. John Varghese, CEO and Founder, GYPZE.com, says, “All travellers have to do is choose from a select array of homestays, villas and resorts across the globe. Our bouquet of offerings include quality, secure and safe accommodation in off-trail often secret locations, known only to the discerning traveller. An added advantage is that GYPZE.com can be accessed on your mobile too.” GYPZE.com vets each property to see if it meets the company’s stringent quality standards. As per Varghese, boutique properties offering experiential stays face unique challenges – lack of online exposure, absence of a platform that focuses on experiential stays and one which highlights the USPs of each property. Without the marketing muscle of chain hotels, off-beat hideaways have to pay higher commissions to booking engines and travel agents yet have very little customer support.

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Hyatt launches Delhi Residences

Hyatt has announced the launch of Hyatt Delhi Residences in New Delhi’s Aerocity. The property includes 124 apartments divided into 70 one-bedroom, 42 two-bedroom and 6 three-bedroom apartments, and 2 two-bedroom and 4 three-bedroom duplex townhouses, with spacious interiors paired with Hyatt’s signature service excellence. This hotel does not participate in World of Hyatt.

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