Category Archives: Hotels

Expedia to link with hotel websites for MICE

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Expedia has announced rolling out a software to enable prospective meetings clients to search, configure, price and book meeting space online. The tool is similar to the company’s RevPlus, a free revenue management tool, part of its Expedia Partner Central services. Expedia is promoting integrated meetings revenue management tools that can link up to a hotel’s property management system to help hotels adjust meeting and group prices. Expedia has piloted the tool in Germany with select hotel partners, including Best Western Hotels Central Europe. The online travel giant already has implemented the technology with select hotel partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as in Asia.

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Gurugram to host 5th Global Hospitality Conclave in January

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The National Capital Region shall witness the 5th Global Hospitality Conclave (GHC) at The Leela Ambience Gurgaon on January 6, 2018. The conclave, an independent initiative by the alumni of the erstwhile Oberoi School of Hotel Management (OSHM), now The Oberoi Centre for Learning & Development (OCLD), brings together a host of industry leaders to discuss the trends and developments in the hospitality, travel & aviation industry. GHC will see the participation of Pramod Bhasin, Vice Chairman Emeritus, Genpact; Jan Tissera, President, Travel Click; Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Spice Jet; Puneet Chhatwal – Managing Director & CEO Indian Hotels; and Shyam Saran, Indian career diplomat, IFS as keynote speakers. Panel discussions will be held on topics such as Disruptive Innovation, Tourism Trends and a session themed Young Turks with young achievers. Organised annually, the Global Hospitality Conclave sees participants from across the world who have been part of The Oberoi Group in a leadership position. The objective is to get the Oberoi Hotels alumni together annually, who are presently employed in different sectors across the world and creating a platform of knowledge exchange, experiences and networking opportunities.    

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AVANI launches AVANIme for experiential travellers

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AVANI Hotels & Resorts has introduced an outreach marketing strategy to engage with travellers. The campaign, named AVANIme, is a wired-in experience for modern explorers, giving insight into local culture, cool hotspots and travel tips about urban cities and in some cases, off-the-beaten track destinations. Alejandro Bernabe, Vice President AVANI Hotels & Resorts said: “We understand that travel isn’t only about where you stay. It’s also about experiencing the destination and AVANI aims to help travellers navigate cities like the locals and who better to show them the inside scoop than a hometown celebrity.” A series of #24HRSWITHME Youtube videos are being filmed with local well known personalities. A series of creative online and offline motifs have also been developed to express through imagery and words, the creative and playful character of AVANI. These adverts are featured in travel magazines, online and on the brand’s social media channels. In addition, AVANI partnered with well-known travel bloggers from Germany, Australia, Portugal and Thailand. These well-travelled influencers have journeyed to Vietnam, Portugal, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Followers feel as if they’re travelling alongside each travel blogger, as their posts are beautifully descriptive and their photographs capture the essence of their experiences. Each journey offers true insights into the culture, cuisine and character of the people. Bernabe concludes, “By collaborating with local celebrities, travel writers, photographers and magazines we are able to tell our brand story in a manner which is relevant to our audience – or to reach a new audience. It has been exhilarating to work with magazines and personalities who have an affinity for the brand’s more youthful expression and it has provided us with an interesting way to engage …

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India MICE Awards debuts in Delhi

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A first of its kind, India MICE Awards made its debut at The Lalit New Delhi on November 27, 2017. The event honoured the achievers of the Meetings, Incentive, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) industry. Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism and Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, graced his presence at the event as the esteemed Chief Guest.  Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, was the Guest of Honour. India MICE Awards is a token of appreciation, more than mere acknowledgement, of the dedication and toil that people of the industry have put in. The awards were divided into four categories: 1. Personal Awards: These awards lauds the legends and leaders, who have established themselves, and the youngsters, who need the encouragement. 2. Business Awards: These are for those organisations who have been outstanding in their respective fields and deserve the recognition. 3. Trending Awards: Decided by the critics, these are individuals who have done extraordinary work. 4. Partner Awards:  These are for the Partners, who have contributed to make the event a grand success. The voting is carefully monitored to avoid duplication and ensures transparency. The MICE industry in India is a big revenue earner and contributes a major share to the tourism and hospitality industry of the country.  India MICE Awards in a formal black-tie ceremony recognises the achievements and contribution made by the MICE industry players in boosting the tourism and hospitality industry in India. The awards are supported by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, and other esteemed trade bodies. The event was graced by the who’s who of the MICE fraternity.      

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Golden Sarovar Portico unveiled in Amritsar

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Sarovar Hotels has announced the opening of Golden Sarovar Portico Amritsar. Situated in the hub of the city and just 10 minutes away from the Golden Temple, Golden Sarovar Portico, Amritsar is set to offer the best of services and facilities. The hotel is suitable for business travellers as well as tourists and pilgrims who travel to the city for visiting Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. Accommodation facilities categorised into Superior Rooms, Executive Rooms, Deluxe Suites and Presidential Suite ensure guests a delightful stay. Golden Sarovar Portico, Amritsar offers all modern facilities including restaurant, bar, banquet hall, meeting room, fitness room and other amenities at par with international standards.

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Royal Orchid Hotels open 47-key hotel in Kanpur

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Royal Orchid Hotels has announced the opening of a hotel in Kanpur – Regenta Central The Crystal – taking the number of properties under Royal Orchid group  to 45. Located at the heart of the city, the hotel offers 44 rooms and three suites and is a 45-minute drive from Kanpur airport. Chander K. Baljee, Managing Director, Royal Orchid Hotels said, “We have added four properities – Mysore, Ahmedabad, Dehradun and Kanpur – in the current financial year. We are on target to take the number of properties to 50 under the Royal Orchid Group before the end of this financial year. We will continue to pursue our model of management contracts to build our hospitality business.” The  ‘Regenta Hotels’ brand is an upscale arm of the Royal Orchid Hotel group. It is designed for the corporate traveller whose watchword is value and convenience. It is categorized into Regenta, Regenta Central, Regenta Resorts and Regenta Inn.

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218-room Indore Marriott Hotel opens doors

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Marriott International has added another property to its portfolio in Indore with the opening of the 218-room Indore Marriott Hotel. Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International, said, “The Indore Marriott Hotel is an exciting addition to the Marriott Hotels portfolio, our eighth in the country so far. With tremendous growth as a business hub during the past few years, Indore is set to become one of the most sought-after destinations for both leisure and business travellers in India. We are delighted to be a part of this incredible growth story and to bring our inventive service and products to this city.” On this occasion, Devesh Rawat, General Manager, Indore Marriott Hotel said, “The hotel is the perfect complement to the destination with multiple experiential spaces. We are excited to foray into the city of Indore and are extremely pleased to welcome our guests at the newest Marriott Hotel in the country,” He further added, “From spacious rooms to delightful dining options and expansive convention facilities, the hotel is thoughtfully designed to create an excellent stay experience.” Other facilities at the hotel include recreational facilities such as the renowned Quan Spa with 5600 sqft of space offering a blend of modern and traditional therapies. The hotel also boasts of an outdoor swimming pool and a fully equipped, state-of-the-art fitness centre. Indore Marriott Hotel is the largest in the state in terms of rooms and meeting space – which covers 55,000 sqft of meeting and banqueting space. The property is located a few minutes away from the airport.

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Marriott International rolls out Club Marriott in India

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Marriott International has launched the new Club Marriott dining loyalty programme in India. This programme integrates three powerful dining loyalty programmes: Club Marriott, Eat Drink & More, and Star Privilege into a single paid membership programme. The programme provides members with more choices and benefits whenever they dine out in their hometowns or visit one of the 250 participating hotels across 16 brands in 13 countries across the region, with more hotels joining every month. The Club Marriott programme will grant its members exclusive access to a diverse assortment of hotels that will furnish locally relevant benefits and dining options. As Club Marriott members, the guests will have easy access to a range of select hotel facilities and also be entitled to lucrative discounts over fine dining and accommodation at the participating hotels across APAC countries. “Club Marriott, the union of three prestigious dining loyalties, is a celebrated food and beverage loyalty program of its kind in Asia-Pacific. We’re all set to recognise and reward our Indian guests with memorable experiences with a distinctive range of dining options and exclusive benefits across our wide portfolio of brands under Marriott International,” said Ralph Frehner, Vice President, Food and Beverage, Asia-Pacific for Marriott International. “The core of Club Marriott is to inspire loyalty that extends beyond just a stay and confer special benefits to our loyal members.” “The integration of our programmes has widened the scope of rewards and options for our guests. It will allow our guests to redeem exclusive events, experiences and feel a sense of community at their favourite destinations,” said  Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President – South Asia – ‎Marriott International. Members of Club Marriott can avail maximum …

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Keys Lite Mayfield launched in Gurugram for corporate and leisure travellers

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Keys Hotels expands its portfolio in North India with its 4th hotel in the region—Keys Lite Mayfield hotel in Gurugram. Located in sector 44, Keys Lite Mayfield is targeted towards both corporate and leisure travellers. Anshu Sarin, CEO, Berggruen Hotels, said, “Gurugram is an important market for Keys Hotels. Though it is located just over 30 kilometers southwest of national capital New Delhi, the city has emerged as a major finance and technology hub in its own right. We see it as one of the major gateways to North India and, crucially, the new hotel allows us to establish our presence in the region.” Berggruen Hotels currently has 22 hotels in 20 cities.  

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AccorHotels’ twin property opens in Chennai

AccorHotels has announced the opening of Novotel and ibis OMR Chennai. Being termed as the first combo property in Chennai, the hotel has the advantage of being strategically located in the centre of the IT Expressway (OMR). The 342 (combined) room property is AccorHotels’ first joint development in the city. Featuring midscale and economy brands under the same complex, the 153- room Novotel and 189-room ibis Chennai OMR gives travellers a choice of offerings across different price points. The inauguration and the ribbon cutting ceremony on November 9 saw an august presence of some illustrious guests such as Catherine Suard, Consul General of the Republic of France for Puducherry & Chennai; Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer, India & South Asia, AccorHotels; Daniel Chao, General Manager, Novotel ibis Chennai OMR and General Manager Delegate for AccorHotels Chennai and Kapil Bhatia, Executive Chairman, InterGlobe Enterprises. At the press conference, Cassé said, “The Novotel and ibis Chennai OMR joint development is one of our significant openings based on the success of co-locating the most relevant brands for different market needs. AccorHotels has a network of 53 hotels with India, especially with Chennai being a key market for us.” Chao expressed, “Chennai is India’s fourth largest city and a leading business and leisure hub in South India. This winning combination of the Novotel and ibis properties offers guests a unique value proposition and a distinctive choice where they can make themselves comfortable, relax, work and relish a delicious meal under one roof.”

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