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HotelScapes

Cautious optimism the underlying tone in 2019; ADRs to go up, forecasts HVS-ANAROCK Report

2019 is expected to be a mixed bag for the hotel industry and Mandeep Lamba’s report suggests that cautious optimism will be the underlying tone in the election year. The election season is expected to cause a temporary fall in corporate travel numbers, the mainstay of revenue for most hotels. Post elections, the report foresees numbers swelling up when there is more clarity on the policy-front. Budget-hotel aggregators have emerged as significant players and are …

HotelScapes

Accor makes the much-awaited announcement; Raffles comes to India

The much-awaited announcement has finally been made. Accor has announced the launch of its iconic ultra-luxury brand – Raffles – in India. Since joining the Accor network in 2015, the brand has undergone a renaissance, with a strong pipeline that will see the portfolio double in the next few years. India’s state of Rajasthan, especially Jaipur forms part of the most visited tourist circuit of The Golden Triangle, which comprises New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. …

India Outbound

Tripoto and Singapore Board come together with ‘Trails 2 Passion – Singapore Redefined’

Tripoto has partnered with the Singapore Tourism Board to create an innovative, fun and exciting travel web series ‘Trails 2 Passion – Singapore Redefined’.  The seven-episode, web-series which showcases the experiential exploration of Singapore by Naveen Kasturia and Veer Rajwant Singh, well known faces of internet web series scenario will be aired today, April 1, 2019.  ‘Trails 2 Passion – Singapore Redefined’ will take you along the journey of these two actors in Singapore, where …

India Outbound

Tourism emerges as a common theme in Indian-Croatian bilateral ties; President in Croatia

President Ram Nath Kovind was in Croatia recently as part of his eight-day, three-nation, visit. The meeting with his Croatian counterpart was described as “productive” and cooperation and concurrence on broader issues of global engagement were the major takeaways of the meet. Important for the industry, four MoUs in the fields of culture, tourism and sports were signed between the two nations. An MoU was also signed between the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and …

Go Now

Accor Welcomes 21c Museum Hotels into MGallery Hotel Collection

Accor announced that the Group has officially welcomed 21c Museum Hotels into the MGallery Hotel Collection, a global network of more than 100 storied boutique hotels located in 26 countries. The announcement marks the arrival of the MGallery brand into North America. Bearing both the MGallery and 21c brands, 21c Museum Hotels – MGallery represents a shared commitment to inspiring guests to delight in and fully discover the very best the world has to offer. …

HotelScapes

Even Against All Odds: a book review of Sunder Advani’s memoir

An engrossing book review on Sunder Advani’s book by Saaz Agarwal.  Even Against All Odds is a story of dramatic highs and lows, faced with continuous effort, unflagging ambition, steady innovation and good humour. The book is the memoirs of Sunder Advani and covers his very interesting life of eighty years, incorporating lessons learnt by a first-generation entrepreneur, touchingly honest descriptions of mistakes made and with life lessons and business lessons in every chapter. When …

HotelScapes

Trends in F&B and startups examined at the first Mayo Alumni Summit in the capital

The Mayo Alumni Association, Delhi (MAAD), a chapter of the Old Boys Society, Ajmer which originates from its prestigious alma mater Mayo College, Ajmer, organized a first of its kind “Mayo Alumni Summit on 30th March 2019” at The Lalit, New Delhi. The themes of the first annual summit compromised of two special sessions, i.e. Startups (“Angel Investment Perspectives”), Foodpreneurs (“Business of Food”) and a talk on Healthcare (“Healthcare Today for Tomorrow”). The Summit entailed …

Airports & Airlines

Naresh Goyal bids adieu, promises patrons of continued excellence in guest experience

Naresh Goyal penned an emotional letter to JetPrivilege members, recounting the long albeit illustrious journey of the carrier, currently facing significant headwinds. He said that the carrier had “been a way of life” and that he was fortunate and blessed to have lived his dreams. He profusely thanked all members of the airline’s loyalty program for their continued patronage, noting that what the carrier had achieved in the past two and a half decades had …

HotelScapes

Hyatt to muscle up its India presence, to add 14 properties in two years

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that 2019 will mark record growth for the company. Expansion plans foresee the addition of over 2,100 guestrooms through the opening of more than 14 new properties over the next 24 months. Aside from growth in the larger capital cities, the emphasis will be on leisure and cultural destinations, with a focus on emerging cities within India. As a result of an increasingly favorable business climate and heightened tourism spend, …

The Big Picture

Asia to drive global growth; Intra-regional travel trending in APAC, PATA report suggests 

PATA Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2019-2023 has been laid out a few weeks ago. The report highlights the momentous growth of tourism in Asia Pacific, which will reach USD 1.1 billion total revenue and close to 900 million international visitor arrivals in 2023. 40 destinations within Asia Pacific have been collectively predicted to show an average growth rate of 5.5 percent each year between 2018 and 2023. What has emerged as an undisputed fact is the rise of Asia as …

HotelScapes

Accor concludes Showcase 2019 with record breaking hotel and resort representation

The Accor Showcase this year saw more than 1,400 attendees that interacted with Accor representatives from hotels and resorts in India and abroad representing 1,500 properties.  For the past three years, the Accor Showcase has brought together key industry and Accor hotels and resorts representatives from India and around the world. Over the years, the Showcase has served as an ideal platform to ideate on working together to leverage a thriving domestic and outbound tourism market …

India Outbound

Festival tourism driving outbound travel demand, observes Thomas Cook India

Thomas Cook India has observed a 20 per cent growth in bookings with high demand during the Holi celebrations. Domestic destinations witnessed a strong uptake of 12-15 per cent while travel to international destinations went up by 22 per cent. Also, interesting to note is the rise of the concept of ‘smart weekend holiday’. Thomas Cook (India) reported a strong growth in ‘festival tourism’ as the Indian traveller combined spiritual elements with unique cultural experiences. …

India Outbound

Seychelles rolls out a new global campaign; focus on the niche Indian outbound

India has emerged as a major market for the Island nation of Seychelles. Both leisure and MICE outbound are increasingly taking to the exotic nature of the product, serene beaches and unexplored terrain. The growth is visible with the country hosting 13,901 tourists from India in 2018, making India the 6th largest inbound source market. The development has encouraged Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) to come up a comprehensive marketing outreach campaign in India. It is …

HotelScapes

IHCL debuts in Rishikesh with Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, expands in Uttarakhand

The IHCL group has unveiled its newest property – Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand. This will be the company’s third hotel in the state. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL, said, “We are honoured to partner with Mr. Mehra for Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, an exciting new addition to IHCL’s expanding resort portfolio. With its idyllic setting and unrestricted views of the Himalayas, the resort is well positioned to tap …

HotelScapes

Lemon Tree enters into a non-binding agreement to acquire Keys Hotels, adds on to its protfolio

Media reports indicate that Lemon Tree Hotels has entered into a non-binding agreement with Berggruen Hotels to acquire Keys brand of hotels in India. In a disclosure to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) recently, Lemon Tree has disclosed to have signed a non-binding term sheet for 100 per cent direct and indirect acquisition of the shares of Keys Hotels. Important to note here that Keys Hotels is staring at a debt in excess of INR …

HotelScapes

Active Holiday Company to promote The TCS New York City Marathon in India

In a first for any Indian company, Active Holiday Company has been appointed as an official tour operator to promote the prestigious ‘The TCS New York City Marathon.’ It is the world’s largest marathon and had a participation count of 52,811 finishers in 2018. It is important to note that it is for the first time in 49 years of the race’s history, the organisers of the Marathon have appointed an Indian company to promote …