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Heritage Needs PPP, Private Sector has Equal Stake in Conservation

The signing of the maintenance agreement between Dalmia Bharat and Indian government for the upkeep of Red Fort is being criticized, for all the wrong reasons. Infact, adoption can be game-changer for our monuments nationwide. Is the private sector less ‘national’ than the government? Is the PPP model a sell-out of national heritage? Has the government ceded control of its assets? None of this is true. Only the leasing of conveniences, upkeep and upgrading of …

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South Mumbai embodies the spirit of the city, needs to be cherished for tourism

South of South Mumbai!! How often do we visit this prized part of the city? If only we had meetings with government or had reason to stay at any of the two most iconic hotels of Mumbai – The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai and The Oberoi. A larger part of visitors come for business and stay which ever part of the city beckons them, and they stay adjacent to where the business is. And the …

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Ten million done, next ten million in three years, says Minister, but how is the question?

We clocked ​ten million international arrivals​ in 2017. Whatever the potential of our country may be, the fact is that it is a historic milestone. There were muted celebrations on the occasion which also stands to reason because none of us were really gloating over it. We all realise that given India’s potential as a tourist destination, this feat should have been achieved a long time ago. It was during the time of the then cabinet secretary …

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Kapil Chopra to start his innings as an entrepreneur, quits the Oberoi Group

Seasoned hotelier Kapil Chopra has called it a day at Oberoi Hotels. In a letter from the Executive Chairman PRS Oberoi, announcing his exit, Mr. Oberoi personally acknowledged the contribution of Kapil Chopra to his chain, specifically for showing up a high RevPar for all his properties. ​Over the years, ​Kapil has been known to be a tough taskmaster, always pushing his team to perform, ​ consistently harping on yields. ​H​e has also been instrumental …

NB Blogs

Good time to consider the ‘Kerala model’ for the country

​How do we take our tourism to the next level has been a part of the national discourse for some time now. It is generally accepted that the present state of growth will continue unabated​, that there is a natural momentum to the economy and that travel will grow commensurately​. ​However​, if we are aiming at a quantum leap, a game changing scenario, and we are looking for solutions, ​it may​ make sense to examine …

HotelScapes

At Corbett, leisure hotels stepping into luxury: Mukund Prasad

From being an exclusive wildlife getaway, Corbett has successfully transformed into an all-weather, all-season destination. We meet with the man who started it all, for Corbett country to come alive as it has today. Mukund Prasad, the chairman of Leisure Hotels, who has a vast inventory of properties across the state of Uttarakhand, easily who pioneered modern day hoteliering in the state, talks to TourismFirst on how the area has grown.  How has Corbett Park …

HotelScapes

Marriott’s merger with Starwood a game changing success: Neeraj Govil

TourismFirst caught up with Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President-South Asia, Marriott International, for an update on the country’s biggest hotel chain, especially on how the merger and takeover of Starwood Hotels has evolved, and current trends in their going forward in India.  Where have you arrived with the consolidation of the two major brands of Starwood and Marriott specifically in the Indian context? It’s been over a year. The merger has gone rather well. Internally …

The Big Picture

WTTC-II releases the Hotelivate state tourism rankings for the year 2017

WTTC II released their statewise rankings for the year 2017, a study conducted every two years. On this occasion, secretary tourism, Mrs. Rashmi Verma applauded the spirit among states to do better and compete among themselves, giving them an ongoing competitive edge. She was quick to point out that while some of the considerations behind the rankings were beyond the scope and purview of the state tourism departments, others were very much falling within their …

HotelScapes

IHM Pusa celebrates and honours its roots

Celebrated at The Leela in Gurgaon, with keynote address by Suhel Seth on trends he envisaged in the hospitality industry, the second IHM Alumni meet was held recently in the capital. Typical of Suhel’s style, he did not spare from pulling punches, at the same time addressing some of the most relevant issues – such as how service needs to be raised to global standards, his understanding of luxury, and the need for understated and …

NB Blogs

Inder Sharma Is No More

Inder Sharma is no more. He was ailing for sometime and breathed his last in his home. The Last of the Titans, his was one of those few faces that virtually launched Indian tourism, some 50 years ago. Over the years, he kept his head high, his principles upfront and truly represented the moral voice for the industry. In those days, tourism had only one vertical, that of inbound for group travel, and Sharma was …

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AI CMD Ashwani Lohani back with railways, appointed Chairman of the Railway Board

Not that Railway minister Suresh Prabhu or former Railway Board Chairman A.K Mital can personally be held responsible, neither can anybody assume that their resignations will eliminate any immediate chances of neglect or disaster. But, if they are meant to shock the system and act as a warning bell down the line, suggesting heads can roll if government functionaries do not wake up, such decisions can make a difference. To this extent, the choice of …

HotelScapes

Institutional capital will alter the landscape of ownership in Indian hotels: Manav Thadani

It has been two successful decades of operation for HVS in India. In an exclusive interview, Manav Thadani, Chairman – Asia Pacific, HVS reflects on the successes of the years gone by, noting that HISCA conference played a pivotal role in boosting the organisation’s credibility. Taking stock of the future course of hospitality in the country, he argued that with stronger inflows of institutional capital in times to come, the landscape of ownership was up …

The First principle

Fresh political alignment an opportunity to revisit the Buddha Circuit

Bihar has been the subject of media discourse and remained in the spotlight for political churnings and changing alignments. BJP is back in the saddle in the state. It was Uttar Pradesh and now Bihar, both, have BJP governments at the helm. One in total domination and another with an alliance partner – JD(U) – with Nitish Kumar’s homecoming to the NDA fold. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are two adjoining states; both are extremely richly …

Airports & Airlines

Deploying A350-900 demonstrates Lufthansa’s commitment towards India: VP APAC

With an eye on maintaining its coveted position in the Indian skies, the largest European airlines group – Lufthansa – has deployed its newest aircraft, A350-900 in the market. At a time when West Asian Carriers have captured a significant marketshare, this move makes all the right noises. In an exclusive interview with TourismFirst, Dieter Vranckx, VP – Asia Pacific, Lufthansa Group Airlines opens up on the  group’s strategy for the Indian market and the …

The Big Picture

Tourism set to gain with the infra push in the Union Budget 2017

The assertion may appear surprising to many of our colleagues in the industry as some of the more usual demands from the industry, like granting infrastructure status to the hospitality industry and other tax related issues have been left untouched by the government. The ‘T’ word may not have been adequately quoted in the Finance Minister’s speech, with little mention of references like hotels, airlines and travel, but this budget, in all its manifestations, is …

India Outbound

Malaysia: plans to unveil new products and destinations to regain lost momentum

Sulaiman Suip, Director, North & East India operations, Tourism Malaysia expressed hope that the shortfall in numbers from India in the recent months, after a tweak in visa regulations, was going to be a temporary setback. In an interview with TF, he detailed how the tourism board was going to channel its focus on introducing new products and destinations in the Indian market to regain its foothold.  Excerpts: In your second innings here, what are some …