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Brand Udaipur has seen a steady growth, as a Global Tourism Hub: Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar

Udaipur evokes magic in the minds of the traveller, and has seen a steady growth in infrastructure, enabling it to host prestigious global conferences and celebrity weddings. DI talks to the scion of the royal family, Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, to uncover some of the secrets of its success. How has the city grown in the last two decades and more importantly, in the last five years? As a city, not in terms of tourism. I …

HotelScapes

Taj Hotels Boost Customer Confidence Making Driving Holidays a Success, says Dinesh Khanna, MD, Taj Bekal

Driving Holidays have caught on, say insiders in the industry. Said one hotel owner in the hills, these last two months we will make good money. Cities around Delhi were claiming good occupancies; revenge vacations predicted by many, were already taking place. Leisure destinations were showing more arrivals by road, than by air. The same story holds good for a resort like the Taj Luxury in Bekal, North Kerala. Speaking with DI, the resort’s owning …

NB Blogs

ITC weighs ‘alternate structure’ for hotels business for value creation, says Chairman Sanjiv Puri

In an extensive report, published across newspapers, while commenting on the diversified conglomerate ITC’s progress report card, its chairman Sanjiv Puri has told at a media interaction that the company will examine an “alternative structure” for its hotels business. He is reported to have said that the company is considering focus on an asset-right strategy and will look at some alternative structuring vehicles for value creation. This would be in line with present trends in …

HotelScapes

Al Fresco is the New Norm, and Hospitality Industry is Going Full Swing with it.

As the Hospitality industry reopens, with the new normal, we bring you a glimpse of what the trends are, with a peek at what the Pullman at Aerocity is doing. The need to go to Al Fresco in dining, as guests prefer outdoors with the assurance of social distancing and healthy eating. As the world is opening, learning to live with the threat of Corona, people are venturing out, with caution and due care. Hospitality …

Travel & Tourism

IATO President shares his prescription to relaunch Tourism in the country; Confidence Building is the Key to Success

There is little chance of inbound tourism in the immediate future, considering the spike in cases in key gateway cities. Air bubbles present an opportunity but not necessarily for tourism; these are more essential travellers who have to commute for family or business reasons. What does this scenario hold for the large community of inbound tour operators? We asked the IATO president, Pronab Sarkar for his strategy to build upon our tourism again, post COVID …

Travel & Tourism

MoT signs MOU with TAAI and FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) for Women Empowerment

A pioneering initiative has been signed between MoT and TAAI and FLO, towards women empowerment, laying emphasis on personal and hospitality skills, a more flexible work balance and greater options for entrepreneurship with significantly lower capital. This marks a new chapter in collaboration between government and industry; women power is an important and integral part of a cohesive and inclusive policy for tourism development. Women are a big part of our sector, employed in large …

Travel & Tourism

FAITH puts Industry First, Speaks for all Verticals in One Voice; Suggestions made to Government on the Way Forward.

FAITH, under the guidance of its chairman, Nakul Anand, has written to the Minister for Tourism, seeking support for a series of measures, that would help to kick start Indian tourism and save jobs and prevent bankruptcies. Speaking on behalf of the 10 founder member associations (ADTOI, ATOAI, FHRAI, HAI, IATO, ICPB, IHHA, ITTA, TAAI, TAFI) and their cause partner – AIRDA, Anand stated that the ten associations had met and had extensive discussion to …

HotelScapes

Chhatwal and HAI relentlessly pursue solutions for the hospitality industry

Puneet Chhatwal, and Hotel Association of India, have been relentlessly pursuing solutions for the hospitality industry, post the COVID crisis. Continuing their efforts, in a recent interview on ET NOW, shared his views in what can be described as a broader expression of industry’s concerns and interests as it moots ways to undo the damage. As President, HAI, he has sustained the association’s efforts to represent before the government to underscore the sector’s importance in …

Airports & Airlines

Indigo confident of long term business viability, Indian business, says its CEO Rono Datta

As IndiGo takes to the skies again, the airline is witnessing pent-up demand for travel, which has been evident in the load factor. The LCC is currently operating at 30% of its capacity, owing to the government’s directive, but remains optimistic of an increased headcount as policies as relaxed in the coming months. The carrier has employed creative means to ensure viability by pressing into action a part of its fleet for cargo and charter …

Travel & Tourism

The future of hotels is here to stay, says Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Limited

It is as sweeping as it can get! Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Limited, speaks on all things travel, tourism and hospitality, in what must be his most extensive interview during his illustrious career. He shares his thoughts on the contours of the business, the changes that the black swan event may force upon sectors, and how ITC Hotels was gearing up for the next decade. Nakul Anand has grown in the industry from being …

HotelScapes

Binod Chaudhary acquires 2 iconic Fairmont properties in Kenya, signaling new Africa initiative

Binod Chaudhary run CG Hospitality, the hospitality arm of CG Corp Global, the first multi-billion-dollar conglomerate from Nepal, has announced the acquisition of 2 iconic Fairmont properties in Kenya namely, Fairmont Mara Safari Club & Fairmont The Norfolk. The recent HVS (HVS Global Hospitality services) Indian Hospitality Industry Overview 2019 Report, ranked ‘Concept Hospitality’ (a member of CG Hotels & Resorts) first in property openings and fourth in terms of keys in India. Strategically perusing its global …

Travel & Tourism

Eco-Tourism Society gets a new name, Rakesh Mathur as its incoming president.

In the belief that eco-tourism was self limiting, and working towards a larger canvas of being responsible, the Eco-Tourism Society has now become Responsible Tourism Society. The name change broadens its canvas and hopes to attract the entire industry as its members, ‘responsible’ being a common denominator.  Why this name change? What was the limitation in the earlier name, and what do you hope to change with the new one? It was discussed and decided to change …

NB Blogs

Times Like These Warrant we give new names to Tourism and Hotels

The wheels of the nation have begun to move, after a most ominous pause, that at one time looked dangerously moving into a full-stop mode. Then, the stop appeared to become a comma, then, slowly started giving way to making short sentences, and now bigger ones. While the threat of lives, continues, the threat to livelihoods has become greater and given a calibrated move towards normalization, the world, and we in India, would start learning …

Travel & Tourism

Reimagine, reinvent and reskill: Hospitality leaders moot Enduring Solutions to the Covid disruption

Recent hospitality industry deliberations have  focused upon the lack of government support during COVID stress and how the sector has been left to fend for itself. While there is no denying that these assertions are factual and concerns on short and medium-term sustainability of the industry remain overwhelmingly uncertain, stating the obvious hardly helps the industry, in dire need of reinventing itself to stay afloat! In a welcome change, at a webinar hosted by BW …

Travel & Tourism

Travel to Start next week, we expect, Signalling the Road Forward

It is around 55 days of national lockdown, with the entire nation united in our fight against the virus. Of course, there are the usual black sheep; there are also images of our underbelly exposed like we had not ourselves realized. It is now balancing our lives with a livelihood. We cannot remain for long with our hands tied, confined to our homes. Life has to move on.  Opening the economy is round the corner; …

HotelScapes

Wait and Watch as the high drama unfolds, says Arun Saraf

The Saraf family started their hotel business with Yak n Yeti in Kathmandu, later developed Hyatt in the same city; co-promoted the Hyatt Regency in New Delhi with Sushil Gupta and Shiv Jatia; now run 12 hotels across the country with 3800 keys. Director, Arun Saraf, speaks with TourismFirst and shares his insights into the business. There is widespread distress being witnessed in the hospitality industry. As the single biggest franchisee of the Hyatt family …