Category Archives: Hotels

First-ever Nepal India China Expo in Kathmandu from 22- 25 Feb

To promote MICE, Nepal is going to host the first-ever Nepal India China Expo (NICE) from 22- 25 February 2020, Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism Investment Summit, World Trail Conference 2020 (2-5 September 2020. Nepal will be focusing on M!CE tourism from India, revealed Lila Bahadur Baniya, Officiating Director, Nepal Tourism Board, while addressing the delegates at the Nepal Sales Mission, organised by Nepal Tourism Board, the National Tourism Organization (NTO) of Government of Nepal, in Amritsar). Nepal Sales Mission is travelling to nine Indian Cities from 6th January to 1st February 2020. The event has successfully concluded in Amritsar, Chandigarh and Jaipur, it is taking place in Indore today. Further it will go to other Indian cities of Surat, Pune, Trichy, Trivandrum and Kochi. The mission is aimed at bringing all the travel trade partners together to update about various destination of Nepal and educate regarding the recent developments in Nepalese tourism. The sales mission is important for Nepal as Nepal is celebrating Visit Nepal Year 2020 with an objective to bring 2 million tourists in Nepal. The Nepalese delegation is led by Lila Bahadur Baniya, along with Robin Regmi, Officer-India & South Asia Unit. The delegation has 9 private companies/DMCs representatives and is looking forward to interacting with 80 agents and 20 Media Person from each of the 9 cities.

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MICE important for growth of hospitality: Cassé

Elaborating on the growth of hospitality sector in India in the last few years, Jean-Michel Cassé, COO, AccorHotels, India and South Asia said, “There has been a visible and a definite growth in the market. MICE is also an important aspect to help this sector grow. Market is more evolved now, guests are demanding varied services, multiple innovations across services and the industry as well is flourishing with more supply each year. The industry continues to witness high occupancy and ARR’s, thus, continuing to show promising progress. This is true across segments from luxury to premium and economy.” “One of the noticeable evidences is the availability of hotel brands and properties panning across luxury, mid-scale, economy etc. They have many options to choose from based on the nature of travel, be it for leisure or work. We also cannot deny the contribution of digital and technological innovation to the hospitality industry. Be it internal processes or software for multiple functions and departments or the social media platforms used by guest, technology has eased down everything for both hoteliers and guest, he concluded.

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Sarovar to open convention centre in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh by March 2020

In a recent interview, Ajay Bakaya, Managing Director of Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said, “Sarovar is going to open a convention Centre in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh which is going to be more of a wedding than a M!CE hotel. It’s linked very closely to port of Kakinada, Vijayawada, Vizag, Hyderabad etc. and should open by March 2020. The hotel, a part of the convention centre, will open a little later. The facility will cover 30,000 square feet and will accommodate approximately 3000 people.

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Accor to open new hotels in Udaipur and Mumbai in 2020

Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer (COO) –India & South Asia, Accor has said that Accor will open new hotels in Udaipur and Mumbai in 2020. “Our upcoming properties for 2020 include the launch of Raffles Udaipur, Novotel Mumbai International Airport and ibis Mumbai LBS Road. We also have the Raffles Jaipur and Fairmont Mumbai Sahar, which are in the pipeline. Over the next few years, our focus is to continue to grow our regional network and introduce new brands. We have 25 hotels and approximately 5,000 keys in the pipeline and under active development.” he informed.

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Grand Mercure opens in Gujarat’s GIFT City; offers six meeting rooms

GIFT City, developed with India’s first ‘Intelligent and Green Infrastructure’, welcomes its first international hotel with Grand Mercure Gandhinagar GIFT City. Located on the bank of the Sabarmati River, GIFT City connects Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Grand Mercure Gandhinagar GIFT City features 151 guest rooms and six meeting rooms. The hotel has a pillarless ballroom that can accommodate up to 200 delegates. Leisure facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre, an infinity pool with a separate party area, and a yoga pavilion to rejuvenate the mind and body. The nine-floor property brings the distinctive culture and traditions of Gujarat to life. “We are extremely happy to launch Grand Mercure Gandhinagar GIFT City, the first international branded hotel, in the foremost operational smart city of the country. With the support of Brigade Group, we have successfully established three Grand Mercure properties in the country and look forward to collaborating for more hotels going forward,” said Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer – India & South Asia, Accor.

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GPS Lucknow eyes Tier-II & Tier III cities

The Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) held in Lucknow recently focused on tapping the Tier-II Tier-III cities. Elaborating on the 2 days B2B travel trade, outbound event, Harmandeep Singh Anand, Managing Director, GPS, informed, “This is our second year in Lucknow, we had a very good response last year. The market has accepted that this is an E-event and have downloaded the app and pre-registered. Through Lucknow we hope to reach the travel fraternity in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand. This is a very promising market, and we hope to empower through knowledge, networking and face to face business interactions.’

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Sarovar Hotels and Resorts expands footprints in Andhra Pradesh

Sarovar Hotels and Resorts announced the signing of new hotel in Andhra Pradesh – Sarovar Portico, Dindi.  Dindi is in the intersection where the Godavari joins the Bay of Bengal. Sarovar Portico, Dindi after renovation will have 50 aesthetically designed rooms including Suites. Other facilities include indoor meeting and banquet space. This is Sarovar’s second hotel in the state of Andhra Pradesh after Marasa Sarovar Premiere, Tirupati. Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said, “We are delighted to expand our leisure portfolio. Our vision is to deliver uncomplicated travel experience for our business and leisure travellers. We see great growth potential in this market and look forward to offering best value to business and leisure travellers in sync with Sarovar’s signature hospitality.”

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

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts shall unveil five more properties 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 John Northern, Executive Vice President for the Middle East, India & Indian Ocean. “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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Indian business travellers prefer luxury properties: RoomIt by CWT

The RoomIt by CWT research reveals key differences in business traveler hotel preferences by country. Overall, business travelers are more likely to stay at upper midscale to upper upscale properties, but there are key regional differences. Travelers from India and Australia are more likely to stay in luxury properties (35% and 25%), while Mexico, the US and Italy travelers are more likely to stay in upper midscale properties (35%, 32% and 27%). The survey compiled responses from 660 business travelers from nine countries to identify what influences them to choose a particular hotel during the booking process. The results revealed that globally, having access to Wi-Fi (84%), room rate (81%), distance from business site (81%) and breakfast (79%) are the most important influences. A few of the key differences between countries were also revealed, such as business travelers from the UK and Germany are the most swayed by having access to a health club (44%) and loyalty programs are the most important to those from Mexico and Germany (46%). “We continually work to understand business travelers’ specific wants and needs so we can offer the accommodations that will improve their satisfaction,” said Scott Hyden, SVP and Chief Experience Officer of RoomIt. “We know that you have to get the basics right in order to maximize compliance and reduce travel spend.” Several other notable takeaways from the results — business travelers from Germany are most likely to be persuaded by photos (56%) compared to other countries while travelers from France are the least likely to experiment with new hotel brands (26%). Travelers from Mexico are less likely to use their company’s booking tools (24%), compared with those from Canada (35%). German …

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Demand for digital travel solutions on the rise: Travelport

Tech-savvy business travellers in India are increasingly demanding, as well as using, advanced digital solutions that can enhance their travel experience, according to an independent study commissioned by Travelport. 72 per cent have now used voice search, at some point, when researching their next business trip. 68 per cent want hybrid support delivered through Live Chat functions. 66 per cent have researched and booked a business trip entirely on their smartphone. 52 per cent find it ‘very painful’ when they are unable to access their booking information on all of their devices , a leading travel commerce platform. The research was carried out by Toluna Research and based on responses from 8,100 regular business travellers across 25 countries. According to the study, titled the Digital Business Traveller Research 2019, in the planning and booking phase, nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of business travellers in India have now used voice search, at some point, to investigate items like flight times, hotel options and the weather at their destinations. Two-thirds (66 per cent) have also researched and booked a business trip entirely on their smartphone. In addition, three quarters of business travellers in India now feel a good digital experience is ‘very important’ when choosing a hotel (75 per cent) and airline (79 per cent). In fact, 72 per cent actively avoid hotels that still charge for WIFI. Furthermore, more than half of business travellers in India work for companies that now have travel policies allowing them to book or use shared-economy travel providers like Airbnb (57 per cent) and Uber (59 per cent). The study also revealed that in the transit phase, two thirds (66 per cent) of business travellers …

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