Category Archives: Hotels

sbe launches its new luxury brand, The House of Originals, in partnership with Accor

sbe, a leading international hospitality group that develops, manages and operates global hospitality brands has announced the launch of its new luxury global brand, The House of Originals in partnership with Accor. The House of Originals is a luxury collection of properties from sbe featuring a bold spirit that challenges and inspires. sbe has launched this new hotel brand collection which will include the Sanderson and St. Martins Lane in London, 10 Karakoy in Istanbul, and the Shore Club in Miami Beach. The House of Originals combines the best of what sbe has to offer. This new brand will create a community for its guests, predicated on luxury experiences and cantered around sbe’s iconic culinary and mixology offerings. Further, the support of sbe’s partner, Accor, will be critical in establishing the brand internationally by offering sbe’s customers and partners access to an unparalleled global distribution and procurement infrastructure.

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Seyfert Sarovar Portico is now Seyfert Sarovar Premiere, Dehradun

Seyfert Sarovar Portico has been rebranded as Seyfert Sarovar Premiere, Dehradun. The property has undergone extensive refurbishment from adding extra facilities to upgrading the existing services. The added features incorporate Indian specialty restaurant- Aanch, spa and up-gradation of amenities and its 68 rooms. The hotel is conveniently located close to Dehradun Airport, bus stand and railway station providing easy access to tourist and numerous pilgrimage destinations in the upper and lower hills of Himalayas. Commenting on the development, Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said “The decision of rebranding the hotel reflects company’s continues efforts to push for higher standard while driving business growth for the company. The rebranding will bring fresh perspective to the hotel, sturdier base and will offer services at affordable prices for business and leisure traveller alike”.

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The Roseate Ganges, Rishikesh, opens with 16 villas

Roseate Hotels & Resorts has unveiled The Roseate Ganges, a luxury retreat on the banks of the river Ganges in Rishikesh. “The opening of The Roseate Ganges is a significant milestone in our expansion and is the only retreat in the region to offer an exceptionally luxurious stay experience. We now offer a collection of six unparalleled stay experiences around the globe,” said Kush Kapoor, Area General Manager, Roseate Hotels & Resorts. “We are confident that guests at The Roseate Ganges will appreciate the retreat and bespoke services offered, becoming a focal point to explore and experience,” added Kapoor.

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TRIBE: Accor launches its new brand

Accor is set to launch a new lifestyle brand in the mid-scale segment, called TRIBE. The new brand will reshape the traditional hotel experience, enabling guests to live, work and play in contemporary interiors. With a flexible and unique model, the new TRIBE concept targets an international clientele of regular travellers. Whether traveling for business or leisure purposes, the TRIBE community is just like today’s men and women: independent, curious and adventurous.

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Over 30,000 branded hotel rooms to be developed in India by 2021-22

An HVS report titled ‘Hotels in India: Trends and Opportunities’ forecasts over 30,000 branded hotel rooms to be developed in the country over the next three years, taking the total anticipated branded supply to 1,49,276 rooms by 2021-22. The highest percentages of supply actively under development are in Chennai (94 per cent), followed by Hyderabad (89 per cent) and Bengaluru (72 per cent). The mid market segment continues to dominate the new supply pipeline accounting for 44.1 per cent of the proposed rooms.

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The Ritz-Carlton to open in Pune this year and Mumbai next year

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, signed a long-term management agreement with Panchshil Corporate Park to launch The Ritz-Carlton, Pune, expected to open in 2019 with 198 rooms.  The company also announced The Ritz-Carlton, Mumbai, which slated to debut in 2020 with 238 rooms. Its debut will mark the brand’s second property in India and is one of three Ritz-Carlton hotels in the pipeline for the country. The Ritz-Carlton brand entered India in 2013 with the launch of The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore.

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NH Hotel Group joins Minor Hotels

Minor Hotels and NH Hotel Group are integrating their brands under a single corporate umbrella with presence in over 50 countries worldwide. Both groups are already sharing their know-how and experience in the sector with a view of materialising opportunities in the short term, taking advantage of the complementary nature of their hotel portfolios, the scope for economies of scale with a broader customer base and exploring the development of all of their brands in different markets. A first step in this direction is the upcoming transfer to NH Hotel Group of the operations of a portfolio of 15 Minor Hotels in Portugal and Brazil

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First SureStay Hotel opens in Amritsar

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has launched its new SureStay Hotel Group concept in India with the opening of a brand new hotel in Amritsar. The hotel features 30 contemporary guestrooms, equipped with convenient amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, Café Sure – multi cuisine restaurant with bar, elegant banquet hall and Let’s Talk – the private dining room cum meeting room. Every morning, guests can start their day with a sumptuous buffet breakfast. “We are delighted to unveil SureStay Hotel by Best Western Amritsar, an exciting new hotel that will redefine the smart economy hotel sector,” said Atul Jain, Best Western’s Chief Operating Officer for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “By combining the ease and affordability of economy hotels with the international standards of a global chain, SureStay Hotel Group is sure to appeal to business and leisure travelers alike”. Its strategic location confers on the SureStay Hotel by Best Western Amritsar, Ranjeet Avenue an unmatched advantage. Guests can reach the hotel from the international airport and railway station in just 10-15 minutes, and a visit to the Golden Temple takes only 15 minutes. “Chick, comfortable and convenient, this is an ideal concept for smart business and leisure guests seeking centrally located, international quality accommodation. We are seeing rising demand for branded economy and lower-midscale accommodation in key cities across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. SureStay Hotel Group is perfectly positioned to fill this gap in the market and we look forward to introducing this exciting new concept to more cities across the region in the future years,” Atul added. SureStay Hotel Group was first introduced in late 2016, and the concept made its Asia Pacific debut in October 2017 with …

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Kempinski Hotels to meet 450 key operators in its three-city roadshow

Kempinski Hotels is conducting its three-city roadshows across Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Ankush Nijhawan, Managing Director, Nijhawan Group, says, “Roadshows like these are very important for our industry to meet key hotels and partners across the world. We look forward to shaking hands with 450 key operators across three cities. The Indian traffic to Kempinski Hotels grew by 32 per cent in 2018 vis-à-vis 2017. The first couple of months have started well. The focus largely remains on leisure and corporate markets. Besides that, weddings as well as MiCE are also very important for Kempinski.”  

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Holiday Inn Express expands India presence with multiple hotel openings across cities

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of seven more Holiday Inn Express hotels from the IHG-SAMHI partnership. The hotels are spread across Pune, Hyderabad, Nashik, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru. With the latest announcement, 10 Holiday Inn Express hotels from the IHG–SAMHI partnership are now open across the country. IHG and SAMHI entered a partnership in 2017 to rebrand 14 hotels (approximately 2000 rooms, operating and under construction) in India to Holiday Inn Express hotels. All hotels in the portfolio were closed while they were being refurbished and upgraded with the latest design directives, to ensure the portfolio is fully representative of the Holiday Inn Express brand globally. The new Holiday Inn Express hotels are located strategically providing easy accessibility to local shopping centres, tourist attractions and business hubs. Promising unparalleled comfort and convenience to the guests, all newly-opened hotels offer well designed, contemporary rooms with a range of in-room amenities, service culture and feature the brand’s signature ‘Great Room’, a dynamic space to socialise as well as relax and unwind. Vivek Bhalla, Regional Vice President, SWA, IHG said, “The Holiday Inn Express brand has gained tremendous momentum in the country and we have also made significant progress towards our commitment to strengthen our mid-scale portfolio in India. We are confident that all newly opened Holiday Inn Express hotels in partnership with SAMHI, will successfully cater to the needs of the modern business and leisure travellers, across cities.” Ashish Jakhanwala, Founder, MD & CEO, SAMHI, added, “We began this journey with IHG in 2017 when we signed an agreement for 14 Holiday Inn Express hotels in India. With the opening of 10 Holiday Inn Express hotels from the portfolio, across seven …

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