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HotelScapes

For Accor in India, densification is our development priority, says Jean-Michel Cassé

While aggressively promoting budget and mid-market segments, Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer (COO) – India & South Asia, emphasized that the hotel company was equally keen on ramping up luxury, lifestyle and premium brand offerings. He also shared that a number of new projects were underway, including an active discussion for a Fairmont in Goa. An exclusive with JMC: Accor has made a significant foray into the experiential side of the product, especially in big …

The Big Picture

Aviation crisis will impact tourism; Sri Lanka issue may turn travellers to India, says E M Najeeb

Concern looms over the fate of the vacation season as the Indian aviation sector continues to battle serious headwinds. Uncertainty around the revival of Jet Airways, with the airline temporarily stopping its operations and no respite in sight, has caused stress on the available capacity. Add to that, IndiGo’s decision of scaling down its operations with 30 fewer flights each day, initially for a couple of months, now effectively until October, has further spiked concerns. …

HotelScapes

Leveraging scale to drive profits across portfolio; new offerings on the cards, says Zubin Saxena

It has been over a month since he has been in the saddle and Zubin Saxena, MD & VP, (Operations), RHG South Asia, has his priorities sorted. He believes that riding on the hotel group’s significant scale and presence, the company could drive profits across the portfolio. Radisson is also going to launch seven new global brand programs dedicated specifically to the Indian outbound clientele, he shares. An exclusive interview with Zubin Saxena on his immediate …

India Outbound

Visible interest in trade; more nonstops needed from Indian gateways, says Destination DC President

More direct air-connectivity between Washington DC and key Indian gateways was going to significantly enhance DC’s chances of catering to a larger number of Indian outbound, believed Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO, Destination DC. He was recently in the capital for a trade meet and select media interaction. In a free-wheeling interview, he shared his views on a range of issues, including how India could better promote itself in the global market. Excerpts from an …

Cities & States

Now a politician, Farooq Shah promises to continue his focus on matters of tourism in J&K

Tourism was one of the casualties as Pulwama-attack and its aftermath brought India and Pakistan perilously close to an all-out war. Kashmir suffered the most as tourists steered clear of the valley, resulting in a near washout of seasonal business in the months of February and March. Jammu and Ladakh, thankfully, fared better. Ladakh remained aloof of recent developments and adventure and leisure tourism went on unabated.  Religious and spiritual tourism in Jammu also did …

Cities & States

Global tourists, NRIs take to election tourism as India heads for polls, says Gujarat’s leading operator

‘Election tourism’ was a growing niche segment as Indian elections had now gained global significance, said Manish Sharma, Owner of Akshar Travels. He explained that visiting an ongoing rally, meeting political leaders and connecting with them were some of the elements of the experience on offer. The trend was expected to intensify as India’s stature and bilateral connect grew with time, he argued. Excerpts from an exclusive interaction. The election season is upon us. With …

The Big Picture

At BITB India Tourism Summit, industry and government outline a game-changing agenda

The big takeaway from BITB India Tourism Summit was that the industry needed to take the lead in driving India’s tourism. Industry stakeholders expected the government to play the role of an enabler, with focus on creating liberal policies and augmenting infrastructure. A: The Big Picture A1.  The industry believes that addressing challenges would require a clear demarcation of responsibilities A2. The government must provide an enabling policy framework and build institutional infrastructure. A3. That …

HotelScapes

Current rates, land cost discouraging supply; opportunity for ARRs to go up, says Ajay Bakaya 

Ajay Bakaya, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels, shared his views on a range of issues in a free-wheeling interview. Current room rates and exorbitant land costs were deterring investments in new projects, he said, adding that it was also an opportunity for average room rates to up. Excerpts from an exclusive interaction: With Portico, Premiere and Hometel as three segments, where will the focus be? Where is the growth happening?  The focus area is uniform, but …

India Outbound

Mauritius exploring new alliances to overcome the connectivity bottleneck, says Vivek Anand

Air Mauritius is facing tough times. As it navigates through turbulent skies, its scaling down of India operations has had a visible impact on the growth of Indian outbound numbers to the island nation, said Vivek Anand, Country Manager – India, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority. He shared that the tourism authority had been exploring partnership opportunities with Emirates to service the outbound, leveraging the Emirati carrier’s multiple points. Excerpts from the interview:  How has 2018 …

India Outbound

Tech-savvy Indians taking to unexplored destinations, says Spanish Tourism Counsellor

The Canary Islands and Basque Country are some of the new destinations on the radar of the Indian outbound, shares Miguel-Nieto Sandoval, Director and Tourism Counsellor, Tourism Office of Spain in India and Abu Dhabi. He suggests that the Indian outbound is increasingly relying on the ‘word-of-mouth’ feedback, inclined more towards sampling the experience quotient of a destination. He expresses tremendous confidence in the Indian market. Excerpts from an exclusive interview: What are some big …

The Big Picture

Naveen Kundu shows the way; donates INR 10 lakhs to a slain soldier’s family

Naveen Kundu, CEO and Managing Director, Mercury Travels, recently donated a sum of INR ten lakhs to the daughter of a martyred soldier. He was attending an event hosted by a prominent news channel and decided to chip in, admirably in a personal capacity. Speaking exclusively to TF, he said that he had long been donating to the families of slain soldiers and wanted to do more for the grieving families, when asked to comment …

India Outbound

In a first, Qatar to roll out visa centers in 7 metros; focus on outbound workers

In a first for the Arab nation of Qatar, it has opened a has opened a visa centre at Delhi. With all major facilities under one roof, the Qatari administration has intended to simplify visa-related procedures for the Indian outbound. The outbound profile is overwhelmingly dominated by blue-collar workers who have, in recent years, emerged as a major workforce in the Arab nation’s expansion spree, eyeing the historic 2022 FIFA World Cup. Bilateral ties have …

HotelScapes

Domestic segment driving business, growth of new destinations: Ramesh Daryanani

Marriott was ramping up investments in technology to provide a seamless experience to consumers, engaging them much before their actual stay at the hotel, said Ramesh Daryanani, VP Global Sales for Marriott International in the Asia Pacific. He noted that the newly rolled out loyalty program ‘Bonvoy’ was aimed at redeeming points for an experience, going beyond the usual hotel offering of redeeming points for a stay.  He expressed enormous faith in going local and …

The Big Picture

Industry and government converge for the Big Picture at BITB India Tourism Summit

The 3rd edition of India Tourism Summit was a resounding success on several counts. The top echelons of government and industry engaged in a serious dialogue on the road forward for India’s tourism. Industry and government leaders, such as Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Ashwani Lohani, CMD, Air India; Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary Tourism, GoI; Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Advisor, MoF, GOI; Jose Dominic, Founder, CGH Earth; Deep Kalra, Co-founder, MMT; Patu Keswani, CMD, Lemon Tree …

The Big Picture

Top industry, government stakeholders to come together for the 3rd edition of BITB India Tourism Summit

The 3rd edition of BITB India Tourism Summit will be a grander affair, bringing together 50 speakers from the top echelons of government and industry for a half-day analysis on all things tourism. Emerging themes, challenges and possibilities in tourism and its diverse segments will be deliberated by decision makers in back-to-back sessions. A star-studded line up of speakers includes Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik; Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary …

India Outbound

New Indian products must reflect country’s rich heritage: Fred Dixon, CEO, NYC & Co.

Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company., was recently in the capital to promote New York in the Indian market. He was accompanied by Christopher Heywood, SVP-Global Communications, amongst others. The delegation outlined a new global initiative – ‘2019: A Monumental Year’ to highlight several new additions to the city’s offerings and promote new developments and hotel openings across 8 key Indian cities through media and trade partners.  On the sidelines of the event, we …