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HotelScapes

Hospitality leaders vote for India, confident of growth momentum in the coming years

With the economic fortune of the developed markets continuing to stay in a sluggish mode and some of the major pillars of the emerging economies club (Brazil and Russia) not exactly firing on all cylinders, the leading players of the hospitality industry are looking at India (alongwith China) as the favourite growth turf for a mid-run horizon. At the leaders panel discussion at HICSA convention yesterday, the senior representatives of the leading global hospitality brands …

Airports & Airlines

Hotel industry should keep an eye on air infrastructure development: Kapil Kaul

Lack of airport infrastructure momentum at some of the major destinations in the country could be bad news for the hospitality industry. Prima facie, aviation business registering a galloping growth trajectory is the good news for the branded or organised hospitality segment. Among other things, this obviously also entails more guests for the hotel operators. The present sentiment in the Indian aviation business simply reflects a buoyant mood – with over 20 percent growth in …

HotelScapes

Holiday Inn brands to drive IHG’s expansion in India, not averse to more JVs

At a time when developed markets are struggling to shrug off the saturation growth trends and scene being no different in some of the emerging economies like Russia and Brazil, China and India have clearly emerged as the favourite turfs for the global hospitality where they are willing to up the ante. India, particularly with its 7 percent plus growth trajectory (China’s GDP growth too is slipping after three decades of fabulous run) is being …

HotelScapes

Indian Hospitality: In the midst of a tectonic technological shift

Hospitality is clearly the next big frontier for players in the online booking space with the mobile emerging as the favourite tool for transaction, developing an edge over the desktop and the laptop. However, content improvement on mobile app and better collaboration between online intermediary and the actual product suppliers are some critical immediate challenges. It could well be the extreme manifestation of the tectonic changes which technological leap can trigger to the hospitality business. …

Technology

Booking.com set to grow its Indian inventory; domestic bookings in the driving seat

Priceline Group CEO Darren Huston had recently commented: “India seems to have unending potential for us.” And going by the India-specific numbers furnished by Vikas Bhola, Area Manager (India Subcontinent), Booking.com, the company’s efforts to tap this ‘unending potential’ since 2012 has begun bearing fruits. Going by conventional wisdom, for any major global OTA a mere enlisting of 500 properties in its expansive worldwide inventory list could hardly be a trigger to adopt an aggressive …

India Outbound

Turkey keen to form joint working group to promote tourism

Turkey, a tourism powerhouse in the world, has proposed to the Indian Ministry of Tourism to form a joint working group to promote tourism between the two countries. Speaking to a select media gathering on the sidelines of an event in Delhi recently, Turkish Ambassador to India Dr Burak Akçapar said that time is ripe for furthering the tourism exchange between the two countries given the large potential that this segment offers. “ We are …

Airports & Airlines

Jet moves its European hub to Schiphol; promises convenient connectivity to over 40 global destinations

In a significant strategic move, India’s premier airline Jet Airways has announced shifting its European hub to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam which is considered to be the fastest growing airport in the continent. Jet Airways is opening this route on 27th of March with one daily flight between its Indian hubs Delhi and Mumbai to the Dutch capital. In addition, the airline will also run a daily between Toronto to Amsterdam considering the strong concentration of Indian …

Airports & Airlines

RDG, Rs.2500 fare likely to stay in new policy; regional connectivity to be the main thrust

At a recently held summit in Delhi, the top government functionaries subtly indicated the possible provisions which the new Civil Aviation Policy will eventually prescribe. Even as there is no formal indication from the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan pertaining to the final unveiling of the new civil aviation policy (it was originally scheduled to come into the effect from April 1st), at the PHDCCI Civil Aviation Summit held last month, senior functionaries of Ministry of Civil …

Airports & Airlines

Alliance Air to speed up regional connectivity; Washington next overseas, after Vienna

For the national carrier Air India, the forthcoming summer season would be the period to expand its wings both domestically as well as on international routes. With the cushion of a significant dip in the oil prices (which is believed to have brought down its operational losses considerably) and a significant projected capacity enhancement with the addition of 30 aircrafts over the next 13 months (refer to our story published in January edition: National carrier …

Airports & Airlines

The 5/20 saga continues: warring sides take pot shots, await the final word

Possibly, this is the one loose end that is holding back the announcement of the new Civil Aviation Policy. In recent weeks, as the pressure builds up to the announcement, both sides have upped the anté. We bring you a snapshot. After a perceptible lull of nearly three months (the Ministry of Civil Aviation had closed the feed gathering exercise from the stakeholders on its draft policy around November end last year and since then …

Cities & States

Video content is the new growth tool for HolidayIQ; to bring in Asian destinations

Bengaluru-based HolidayIQ, India’s largest online travel community platform, is moving to the next stage of its growth by adding video content to its offering list. Originally focused on domestic destinations, the platform also plans to add content on destinations in the Middle-East and South-East Asia where Indians leisure footfall is growing. For observers in the Indian travel market place, Bangalore-headquartered Holiday IQ today simply stands as India’s response to Trip Advisor – the platform formed …

HotelScapes

Wyndham looks at minimum 60 flags in India by 2018 end

After making a relatively slow start in India in 2000, the mid-segment global hospitality major Wyndham Hotels has made some quick moves in the recent years in expanding its footprints in the country. The company which operates through franchise model​,​ claims to have a robust pipeline of new openings in the market and is aiming to have a sizeable presence in the country in the next couple of years.  Deepika Arora, Regional Vice President (Eurasia), …

Airports & Airlines

JetSetGo to raise $4.5 million in the first quarter from HNIs

India’s only marketplace platform to book private air charters is likely to raise fresh funds in the coming months to augment its operational profile. The company is looking to strengthen its offerings for inbound leisure traffic and is also eyeing for opportunity to set its base beyond Indian boundaries.  JetSetGo, India’s only online platform for private charter bookings, is seeking another round of funding which is likely to materialize in the first quarter of the …

Cities & States

Rs.20,000 cr commitment for Maharastra tourism at ‘Make in India’ summit

The investment MoUs signed by Maharastra Tourism at the recently held “Make in India” summit is likely to bolster the slew of new initiatives which will be set afoot with the implementation of the new tourism policy. The policy is awaiting the clearance of the state cabinet and is likely to become operation before this month end. For Maharastra, a state which is already firmly placed in the top echelon of tourism pecking order in …

Cities & States

2016-17 will witness transformation of Delhi tourism: Kapil Mishra

According to Delhi Tourism Minister, the forthcoming state budget will mark the beginning of a massive makeover process for Delhi tourism. While a high-octane publicity drive is slated to be initiated in August, a global scale city specific festival (like Dubai or Singapore festival) will be held later this year.  For those eyeing a facelift of Delhi tourism​,​ some positive, big-ticket developments may just be round the corner. According to Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra, …

Cities & States

Budget emphasizes thrust on regional connectivity

Prima facie, the budget 2016-17 of the NDA government presents a mixed picture when it comes to the aviation sector. While on one hand, the budget has made the provision of developing 160 air strips in the country for their commercial utilization with a proposed investment of Rs 50-100 crore in each of them, the proposal to increase the ATF excise tax from 8-14 percent on metro routes is likely to pinch majority of the …