Category Archives: Hotels

Goldstone Hotels opens 190-room property in Vrindavan

Goldstone Hotels has opened a new property in the Holy City of Vrindavan with 190 rooms. Located on NH-2 and in close proximity to the renowned temples of the city, the hotel is an ideal destination for weddings, corporate meets, spiritual sessions, Art of Living sessions and would also serve as a highway stopover destination. The hotel houses game zone, multi-cuisine restaurant, fitness centre, swimming pool, spa and huge banqueting facilities both indoor and outdoor. Speaking on this new addition, CEO, Rajesh Chandel said, “We are privileged to be in this Holy City and the hotel would well contribute towards the growth of quality tourism in the region.”

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More branded hotels in Tier III than Tier I, II cities

Around 39 per cent of branded hotel signings in 2018 were seen in Tier III cities, which was higher than that of Tier I cities (29 per cent) and Tier II cities (32 per cent), according to a recent HVS ANAROCK report. The report stated that rapid urbanisation in the country, is increasingly making Tier 3 markets more relevant in the eyes of the hotel brands, who are witnessing nearly a third of their new hotel signings emerge from them, despite hotels being much smaller than those located in Tier 1 markets. This is also happening on account of newer Hotel Management companies setting shop as also the smaller ones looking to grow rapidly through franchise or management agreement of smaller standalone hotels in Tier II and III cities.

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Regenta & Royal Orchid Hotels to open in Noida, Goa and Belagavi

Regenta & Royal Orchid Hotels has recently announced signing up of three new properties; in North Goa, Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and Belagavi (Karnataka). All three properties are scheduled to open within the next 2 months. Of the three new openings, two properties (in Goa and Noida) will be positioned under the Regenta Central brand while the one in Belagavi will be positioned as a Regenta Resort. The new hotel in Goa marks the groups foray in the tourist-intensive and high-demand area of North Goa, and further strengthens the group’s presence in the destination, where two resort properties are currently operating, in the south. The Regenta Central Noida will be situated within the city-centre area, close to the Delhi Metro line and will feed a strong demand pipeline originating from industrial companies and IT parks which are in close proximity. Located on the old Belagavi- Goa route, Regenta Resort Belagavi will feature contemporary rooms and cottages and will serve business as well as leisure guests, while also providing contemporary banquet and open spaces for weddings and events. Chander K. Baljee, Managing Director, Regenta & Royal Orchid Hotels said, “Our new openings are exactly in sync with our growth plan to reach 100 hotels. Through these launches, we’ll be strengthening our portfolio both in terms of geographical reach and diversified offerings. These hotels will help us play-out our well-defined Regenta brand architecture and offer best-in-class accommodation and services for business as well as leisure guests. The properties are being beautifully designed and feature contemporary amenities which guests will love. All our hotels will offer our distinctly warm Indian hospitality, these will be hotels with a soul”.

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Jakson opens second property in Jim Corbett

With one boutique hotel in Phaltan, Maharashtra which is dedicated to sustainable hospitality, Jakson Hospitality has now opened its second property called ‘The Tiger Groove in Jim Corbett’ and expect to put the same values into its new offering so that it grows up to influence all its stakeholder similarly. Sandeep Talaulicar, Managing Director, Jakson Hospitality, says, “We look forward to repositioning the Tiger Groove into a wilderness resort that creates memories for everyone that sleeps and eats in its arms. This is the dream on which we plan to build this hotel.” Located in the Kyari forest of Jim Corbett, ‘The Tiger Groove Corbett’ is positioned as a Jakson Resort and categorised under the mid-market segment. It is located 8km from Ramnagar and set almost 6km into the forest which makes one feel completely connected with nature. Built on three acres, the hotel has 50 rooms across five variants including luxury cottages that sleep four per cottage. The resort has a coffee shop, a swimming pool, a games area, a party hub, lawns that can host 500 pax, a banquet hall measuring 4,500sq feet and a host of adventure activities ranging from safaris to treks, biking, nature walks, para motor gliding, rock-climbing, rappelling, river crossing, etc.  

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Sarovar Hotels to add 16 properties across India by 2019-end

In a bid to expand its footprint in India, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts has plans to come up with 16 new properties by the end of 2019. With this move, it will be adding approximately 970 rooms to its current portfolio. As of now, the company has 6,000 rooms and manages three properties overseas and has a total of 73 hotels in the country. The upcoming hotels will be categorised under three brands— Sarovar Premiere, Sarovar Portico and Hometel Suites. These hotels will be located in multiple destinations which include Goa, Dehradun, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Udaipur, Junagadh, Dahisar, Dibrugarh, Morbi, Jammu, Bodh Gaya, and Dindi, among others. Amongst the 16 hotels, the majority will be under the Sarovar Portico brand, the hotel at Dahisar will be Hometel Suites brand while the property at Bodh Gaya will be under the Sarovar Premiere brand.

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Goa leads in room growth in 2018

In 2018, Goa witnessed the largest signing of keys in India, according to statistics shared by HVS ANAROCK India Hospitality Industry Review 2018. The report revealed that a total of 2209 keys were signed in Goa, exceeding Bengaluru by a mere margin of 192 keys at 2017 keys in total for the Southern state. This was followed by Jaipur at 1282 keys and Mumbai at 1226 keys at third and fourth place respectively. Noida recorded 591 keys, while Lucknow was at 504, followed by Visakhapatnam at 487.

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Shangri-La to open 5 new hotels in India by 2024

Hong Kong-headquartered, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is targeting to open five more hotels in India by 2024. Shangi-La has two hotels in the country, in Delhi and Bengaluru and is scouting for various locations including Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata and Hyderabad, said its Executive Vice President for the Middle East, India & Indian Ocean, John Northern. “The important thing for us is to find the right partner. Out two hotels in India are also under the management contact,” he added. (Source: PTI)

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OYO becomes world’s third-largest hotel chain with 850,000 rooms

OYO Hotels & Homes has announced that the company has now emerged as the world’s third largest hotel chain (as per room count) as of June 2019. OYO has expanded its presence to 800+ cities, nearly 23,000+ OYO-branded hotels and 850,000 rooms, surpassing the scale of traditional and established hotel chain brands in the world. This growth is backed by a balance sheet of about $1.5 billion, and fueled by the company’s presence in China’s 337 cities with over 500,000 rooms, followed by Indonesia with presence in 80 cities and over 20,000 rooms and 720 hotels and other regions in Asia. Additionally, the UK with presence in 25 destinations and 85 hotels, and more recently the U.S., with a presence in 40 cities and over 68 hotels, have been strong growth drivers. A significant part of its funds is being invested in the business as the company focuses on maintaining its growth momentum across geographies. The company has created over 300,000 direct and indirect job opportunities across India, China, U.S., and the U.K. The recent acquisition of @Leisure has further helped the company strengthen its leadership in the vacation home segment in Europe.

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Agents discuss Visit Vizag 2020 campaign with AP Tourism Minister

In an exclusive interview to Tourism Breaking News, Vijay Mohan, President of Tour and Travels Association of Andhra Pradesh, said, “We met the tourism minister and discussed about increasing tourism in the region. Among other things, we discussed in detail about starting a Visit Vizag 2020 campaign. We also want to tap a renowned cricketer like Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the brand ambassador. The reason for choosing Dhoni is that in all his media interactions about Vizag, Dhoni has been quoted as saying, ‘This is where I first fell in love.’ It’s a great tag line for us. We also want to develop circuits for religious tourism for which we need to develop the shakti peeths, we also have a wonderful Buddhist circuit.”  

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2018 saw around 201 signing of branded hotel properties

According to the HVS ANAROCK India Hospitality Review 2018, revealed that over 2016 and 2017, new hotel signings in the country remained in the region of ~170 signings, but in 2018, the industry set a record with signing of 201 hotels containing 19,128 keys, signalling a strong growth in investor sentiment. The branded hotel sector comprises of a collection of around 50 hotel companies, each actively competing to find mind share with hotel owners & developers, who are further looking to either convert or build a new property.

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