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Hyatt to focus on MiCE potential in Kerala, unveils 3 hotels

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With an aim to promote Kerala as a destination for MiCE, wedding and leisure travel, Hyatt Hotels group has announced the opening three more hotels in Kerala besides its Grand Hyatt in Kochi. Two of the hotels will be unveiled in Malayattoor near Kochi and in Thrissur this year. The one in Thiruvananthapuram will be opened next year. According to Shrikant Wakharkar, General Manager, Grand Hyatt, Kochi, “All the three will belong to Hyatt Regency category.” He stated that the hotel in Thiruvananthapuram will be the biggest among the three with 200 rooms. The Thrissur hotel will have 77 rooms while the one in Malayattoor will be comparatively small hotel. With one of the largest convention centres in the country, Grand Hyatt, Kochi hosted 250 MiCE events, over 200 weddings and social events in last one year. “The city will see more national and international events and conventions in the coming months,” he added. Source: ET

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Indian hospitality woos destination weddings

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Destination weddings are redefining India’s wedding culture. It has been reported that the Indian destination wedding industry is expected to reach a market size of INR 45,000 Cr by 2020, with a projected annual growth rate of 25-30%. Factors such as the rise of the middle class, a booming economy and celebrity endorsements – amply stirred by social media-induced aspiration – have contributed to this growth. While the trend of destination weddings is not exactly an Indian concept, its percolation into the globe-trotting Indian millennial milieu was inevitable. Wedding halls are passé – perfect, fairy-tale settings for one of life’s most momentous events are increasingly ‘in’. Destination weddings have also given a major shot in the arm to wedding planners, banquet organisers and wedding apparel designers – who, in any case, had little to complain about in a country where all stops are pulled out for weddings. However, the biggest beneficiary of the growing destination weddings trend is the hospitality sector. The Big, Fat Indian Wedding In India, people are often willing to spend almost a third of their life savings on weddings. Fed on a steady social and even mainstream media diet of opulent celebrity weddings, Indian millennials are more than eager to invest in ‘curated weddings’ and will choose the most exotic locales they can afford to celebrate their big day. The preferred locations for personalized, theme-based destination weddings in India are Rajasthan, Goa, Kerala and Uttarakhand. With its forts and palaces, Rajasthan provides the perfect setting for a ‘royal’ wedding, while the Goa and Kerala provide the ideal palette for beach weddings. Many nature lovers choose resorts in Uttarakhand for their spectacular mountain backdrops. In fact, these …

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Pride Resort and Convention Centre Rajkot open for business

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‘Pride Resort and Convention Centre Rajkot’ is the 15th property under the Pride umbrella. Announcing the launch, SP Jain, Managing Director, Pride Hotels Ltd. says, “We are extremely pleased to unveil Pride Resort and Convention Centre at Rajkot. This is also our third property in Gujarat. We are extremely upbeat on the growth prospects in the region having successfully managed our properties in Ahmedabad and Vadodara. The city of Rajkot has seen steady growth in inflow of travelers from India and across the world. Pride Resort Rajkot with its imposing ambience, banqueting and conferencing facilities and host of services will appeal to all segments.” The MICE facilities at the newly opened resort include: Diamond lawn – 51000 sq. ft – 5000 pax, Pearl lawn – 35000 sq. ft – 2000 pax, Sapphire lawn – 16000 sq. ft – 1000 pax,Rruby lawn – 12000 sq. ft – 500 pax, Crystal ( banquet hall) – 3600 sq. ft – 200 pax and a board room – 145 sq. ft – 10 – 12 pax. Pride Resort and Convention Centre Rajkot offers 99 rooms that encompass 31 deluxe rooms, 31 Executive rooms, 31 Premium rooms and six suite rooms. The facilities include a specialty restaurant with global culinary choices, 24-hours room service, fully equipped business center, banquet and conference halls, four green party lawns and dedicated parking areas. The resort also offers settings for pre-wedding shoots, destination weddings, and pool parties.

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Robust pipeline for MICE venues across India

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As per ‘India Hospitality Industry Review 2018’ by HVS and ANAROCK, 2019 will see 105 new branded hotel openings with a total count of 8,574 keys. Sharing his comment on the report, Mandeep S Lamba, President (South Asia) said ” The Indian Hospitality sector is finally seeing a steady revival in its performance over the last two years with RevPar having grown 17% over a two-year period. The first quarter of the current year has witnessed significant growth exceeding all expectations and at HVS ANAROCK we are confident that the Industry will witness a 9.5% further RevPar growth in 2019 putting it on a firm growth trajectory. With the successful transactions of the Leela Hotels & Keys portfolios in the first quarter of 2019, our study predicting 2019 being the year with the largest transaction volumes expected to reach 800 million US dollars is well on its way to becoming a reality albeit with an even larger number. All this augurs well for the industry and brings renewed excitement to investors and stakeholders”.

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Marriott’s first Tribute Portfolio hotel in South Asia to open in Kerala

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Port Muziris, South Asia’s first Tribute Portfolio hotel, is all set to be opened to the public this April. Situated near Cochin International Airport and part of the Marriott International group, the 55-room property will include two F&B outlets and a 150-pax capacity ballroom. This is Twenty14 Holdings’ first property in India. Currently, the hospitality investment firm has over $750 million portfolio of properties around the world, including the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – the Caledonian in Scotland, Sheraton Oman in Muscat, and Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay in the UAE. “We are thrilled to debut the first Tribute Portfolio in South Asia. At Twenty14 Holdings, we share the vision of offering a unique experience for guests,” said Adeeb Ahamed, Managing Director, Twenty14 Holdings. “Kerala has long been one of the most sought-after destinations worldwide and we are excited to be part of the state’s flourishing tourism sector. We look forward to extending our legacy of providing outstanding hospitality to guests across Kerala and India through our bespoke properties,” he said. Tribute Portfolio, launched by Marriott, is a collection of independent hotels around the globe with a focus on expressive design moments, vibrant public spaces, and a flexible food and beverage model. “This will also mark the debut of our 16th brand to join the Marriott International portfolio in India,” said Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President — South Asia, Marriott International.

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Reimagine Meetings and Events with Signia Hilton

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Hilton has launched Signia Hilton, its dynamic, new meetings-and-events-focused brand. The portfolio of hotels is setting out to transform the industry for meeting professionals and sophisticated business travellers by infusing state-of-the-art technology and design into every aspect of the guest experience. The brand further reinforces Hilton’s commitment to innovation that meets the evolving needs of today’s travelers and will bring premium experiences to top urban and resort destinations around the world. “In our 100th year of hospitality, we are more focused than ever on providing exceptional experiences to all of our guests – and that includes evolving those experiences to meet their changing needs,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton. “We are proud to launch Signia Hilton, which exemplifies our innovative spirit and will raise the bar on what it means to deliver truly customer-inspired hospitality.” With a minimum of 500 guest rooms and 75 square feet per key of flexible meetings and events space, each Signia Hilton will offer business and leisure travelers elevated experiences from arrival to departure with the following elements: • Impressive arrivals: Signia Hilton will offer a true sense of arrival with modern architecture, manicured landscaping and welcoming team members who will invite travelers to enjoy the grandeur and energy of the hotel. • Unmatched lobby experiences: Thoughtful design connected to the local culture will foster an impressive and comfortable space that doubles as a lobby and social destination for guests throughout their stay. • Modern guest rooms: From the premium design and quality finishes that take inspiration from each hotel’s unique destination, to the innovative technology that matters most to guests, like Digital Key, the rooms will serve as a haven for …

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Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre unveils its fresh look

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Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre a dual property in Hitech City has announced its complete refurbishment. The property has now new and contemporary designed rooms, vibrant restaurant upgrades, an elegant lobby and a spirited bar. The design elements and changes speak to a more modern Hyderabad that has risen over time in the lifestyle index in the country and is home to a young aspirational population that seeks new offerings in line with international standards. The #FreshAsFirst campaign by them brings to the fore, a refreshed version of its experiences, packaged with a modern presentation and amalgamation of colours, warmth and signature Novotel occasions such as coming together over art, culture, music and family. One of the significant changes at the property was the unveiling of their brand-new restaurant – Food Exchange, an all-day dining and social hub for discerning palates. Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre seeks to further deepen its impact in Hyderabad with the newly curated gastronomy offerings at Food Exchange, strengthening its decade long positioning in the market. The outlet is characterized by a social and interactive atmosphere with flexible seating options offering indoor casual and poolside outdoor seating. Live kitchens and conversations with the chef make this venue interactive and flamboyant, with an emphasis on freshness, local ingredients and organic produce. With both western and Pan Asian cuisine on the menu, Food Exchange is a modern interpretation of food markets found across the globe and is reminiscent of places where local people in-the-know go to dine. Weekends at this restaurant will leave you craving for more as it will offer elaborate buffets with extended Hyderabadi cuisine.

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International exhibitors set to return to AIME 2019

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Melbourne’s Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and conventions event in the region, has announced a series of international exhibitors are returning to showcase at the 2019 event. Leading the comeback are the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Dubai Business Events & Convention Bureau (DBE), both identifying the opportunity to connect with the richest pool of quality international buyers attending AIME in many years.   This notable return to AIME comes as a result of the refreshed vision, which has overhauled the way that exhibitors take part in the event, sharpening the focus to a positive return on investment through rigorous curation of the buyer program and format that meetings are delivered.  “The interest that we’ve received from both international and regional exhibitors has been monumental. Whilst they span very different industries, they are all signing up for the same reason – to meet and connect with more quality buyers from across APAC who are ready to do business”, said Matt Pearce, CEO, Talk2 Media & Events. DBE last attended AIME in 2015, with Thailand last attending in 2017. TCEB is using the 2019 event as a major platform to meet with new and existing clients, maximise networking, as well as launch a global rewards program for event buyers. Endorsing AIME’s pre-eminence in the MICE market, TCEB Australia Representative, Nicole Tingey from Clockwise Consulting commented, “Australia and the broader APAC region has strong ties with the Kingdom of Thailand, and AIME presents the perfect opportunity to promote Thailand as a key destination for Business Events due to its excellent reputation for service, aviation links, high quality hotels, convention centres and appealing choice of experiences for …

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Emaar Hospitality is hotel partner for ATM 2019 and 2020

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Reed Travel Exhibitions, organiser of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), has renewed its host hotel partnership with Emaar Hospitality Group. Emaar Hospitality Group will continue to be the Official Hotel Partner for Arabian Travel Market’s 2019 and 2020 events. It will officially accommodate a select number of key media and industry buyers attending the annual event in Dubai as well as host the ATM Welcome Party. Commenting on the announcement, Nick Pilbeam, Divisional Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, said, “Arabian Travel Market is committed to the Middle East as a leading international travel and tourism destination and our partnership with Emaar Hospitality Group and its hotel brands represents an ideal opportunity to align one of the region’s leading hospitality brands with our unique event platform.” Properties of Address Hotels and Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts, and Rove Hotels, situated in some of Dubai’s most sought-after locations, will welcome the ‘Hosted Buyers’ programme, which includes senior travel industry decision makers with direct purchasing responsibility, as well as selected international press. Commenting on the renewal of the partnership, Olivier Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group, said, “Arabian Travel Market is a significant platform that underlines the vibrant tourism and hospitality landscape of the UAE and the region. As Official Hotel Partner, we are committed to showcasing the exceptional breadth of hotels and resorts we have in Dubai as well as in other key markets across the world. We are expanding our footprint, with over 50 hotel projects, including 13 operational hotels. Through our partnership with ATM, we will offer guests a true experience of our hospitality standards.”    

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ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa opens with 252 keys

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ITC Hotels has announced the opening of its 13th luxury hotel in India – ITC Grand Goa, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, formerly known as the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa, on Arossim beach in Cansaulim, South Goa. Celebrating the spirit of Goa, this 252-key beachside resort comprises six signature dining options, indoor and outdoor meeting and banquet spaces, and Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa. Speaking on the occasion, Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC, said, “With this resort, ITC Hotels has expanded its footprint in a globally sought-after leisure destination in Asia. The addition of ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa to our luxury hotel portfolio further reinforces ITC’s vision to consolidate its portfolio in key business and leisure destinations in the country.” Each of the 252 well-appointed rooms and suites feature private outdoor spaces in the form of a balcony or patio providing picturesque views of the Arabian Sea, lush landscaped gardens, lagoons, or the multi-level swimming pool. Underscoring ITC Hotels’ ethos of ‘Responsible Luxury’, ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa endeavours to showcase the culture and ethos of the destination through unique, enriching experiences reflected in bespoke services, indigenous cuisine and engagements that foster partnerships with local artisans and communities.

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