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The Young Legend in Luxury, Ankur Bhatia Passes Away leaving a Rich Legacy that Competed with the Best in the Business

For him, Amadeus was a start-up in the first wake of technology coming into Indian travel space. He was the master hands-on guy who later drove the Roseate brand in Delhi, Rishikesh and London. He became the classic understated icon for luxury – his amazing legacy will live on! He was his own man, his own type, inimitable, unique. As a young legend, at the early age of just 48 years, he had become the unmistakable …

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Impact of Tourism on our Economy: Our industry Needs a New, Credible and contemporary Narrative!

Does our industry need a new narrative on how it matters to the Indian economy? Is the present story inadequate to convince the powers that be? Has the time come for the government to fund a new study, both at secondary and primary levels, or would it be prudent for industry associations to get the ball rolling? The time to act is now, when the industry needs a more favourable and urgent hearing? At a …

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Leela Hotels Uses This Lockdown to Assure Its Associates, And Vaccinate Them and Their Families; Confident That When Business Starts, They Will Be There to Serve Their Guests Meaningfully.

Destination India spoke with Anuraag Bhatnagar, COO, Leela Hotels and Resorts on how they are coping with these times. At Leela, they have used this time to look inwards towards their associates and first ensure their well-being. How will your company cope with this stress? Any new re-imagining for the immediate times ahead? The second wave is an unprecedented reality that all of us are battling both on a personal as well as a professional …

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Important That We Calibrate How Hotels and Tourism Open Up, As Caring and Not Charging Over the Top, Sensitive to A Nation in Grief

As we look ahead to open our industry again, we must be cautious in how we portray ourselves as an industry: we must be seen as caring, sensitive and emerge as the first line of defence against the virus. And, we should not go aggressive in raising tariffs that may look like profiteering! It is important that we are seen as sensitive and caring, and not catering to the privileged. Our messaging needs to be …

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Lemon Tree Hotels Partner with hospitals across India to offer Early to Mild care to Covid Patients; Hospitality Chains Sign In to Help out the Needy

A most laudable initiative from the hospitality industry. A far cry from asking for more, this time, giving as best as it can. For instance, Lemon Tree has partnered its hotels with various hospitals across India who will provide early care to mild/asymptomatic COVID patients in Gurugram, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad (as on 1st May 2021). In total, Lemon Tree has provided 714 rooms. Admission to these facilities will be purely at the discretion of the relevant …

Travel & Tourism

Covid Times have snatched some of the best the industry has known.

First, we heard the tragic news of former Minister and former Governor Jagmohan, possibly one of the best tourism ministers we had in the country. His contribution to building tourism related infrastructure will remain unequalled for a long time to come. As Governor of J &K state, he revamped the entire Vaishnodevi yatra. If you consider ease in travel, a contemporary idiom we are so fond of, his revolutionary turn around of the route, the …

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Prashanth Takes on his second avatar as hotelier, launches Avatar Hotel in Mangalore

Prashanth Aroor has taken on his second avatar, as a hotelier, starting with The Avatar Hotel, (owned by development company Shanker Vittal), to develop the first hotel of his family promoted entity. What is on the cards are Boutique lifestyle localised hotels with a plan for 5 more leisure resorts across western Karnataka in the next cycle of development. The first is a city hotel in Mangalore which is now 99% ready. What does the …

Travel & Tourism

BITB BOUNCE suggests strategic, dynamic policy changes to how we position and promote hospitality and tourism

The recently concluded BITB Conclave – BOUNCE – has recommended timely and strategic interventions, both by government and industry, in a collaborative manner to ensure India gets its fair share of international tourism, as and when India opens up. It has also stressed upon the need for an equitable role for all segments of the industry. Going forward, we need to understand the new markets, changing demographics of the new age traveller and pitching our …

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New Team IATO Must Dream Big, Embrace the Bigger Picture as Tourism gets Poised for a New Innings!

IATO elections 2021 have provided a signal for Change: members have voted across the two contesting teams giving a mandate for a joint national effort. IATO, the specialist industry association for inbound tourism elected its new team for the next two years. It was the first industry association election since we started opening up during the Covid era. Bravely, they did not allow e-votes but insisted on physical voting and presence. A surprising but impressive over 90% …

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Ginger Hotels ups the Game in Economy to Midscale Segment, Market Share Grows to 26% in 2020, says Deepika Rao

Ginger Hotels have Stepped up its Engagement, With its New Brand Positioning Inspiring Greater Traction in its Segment, With an Impressive Rollout in the Near Future. The Opportunity The midscale to economy segment of hospitality in India has been witnessing a significant growth. From 8% of the branded hotel supply in 2001 the segment share stands at about 26% in 2020.  To tap this opportunity IHCL redefined its brandscape, positioning Ginger as its vehicle to penetrate and …

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Accor India Drives New Winds of Change with Puneet Dhawan

We meet Puneet Dhawan, Senior VP-Operations, Accor India and South Asia, to unravel what’s up with the chain in the Indian market.  How are you looking forward to 2021? I understand green shoots are visible, though fresh irritants keep cropping up alongside. How do you assess the big picture? 2020 has certainly been a game changer year for the industry. In terms of planning, we have pivoted from the usual short and long-term plans to …

Travel & Tourism

Pragati Maidan 2.0 Reschedules its Timelines; Hopes for April 2021 to Bring Back Business

Inevitably, timelines had to be redrawn, given the lockdown and uncertain workforce. But a determined effort to keep to its best possible recovery, CMD L C Goyal, who is a former Home Secretary in the Government of India, says the project is back on track. Halls are open for business as per the GOI November guidelines and SOPs. Destination India brings you the highlights of the recovery in progress, with exhibition business presently in complete …

HotelScapes

With Covid, Do Hotels Need to Rethink Design? Is it Too Early to Decide? When Life Comes Back to Normal, Will Hotels Start Serving Again Their Original Purpose.

We ask this question of Sarabjeet Singh, noted hotel designer and consultant. With his vast experience in this business, he suggests some changes that may become necessary. But yet also cautions that it may be wiser to wait and watch and hope the Vaccine can help restore normalcy again! From times immemorial, people have been living and working in togetherness and this has become an integral and an inseparable part of our lives for earnings, meetings, …

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What could our Leadership have Done Differently? What Corrections we may Consider in Going Forward with our Mission? What’s the Big Lesson from 2020?

TRAVEL is the bigger picture. Insight of the bigger picture, we need fresh anchors to build our story hereon. The hospitality industry should stop pursuing its alignment with tourism and instead align with travel and infrastructure, as an essential accommodation sector. There is no travel without accommodation. And there is no economy and industry without travel. The year 2020 will go down in history – not as a year that marked the beginning of a …

Travel & Tourism

Maharashtra to Give Industry Status to Hospitality Sector, Becoming the First State to do so; Shacks to come up on 8 Beaches this Season.

In an interview with the state tourism and civil aviation secretary, Valsa Nair, she outlines a number of initiatives that will bring about ease in travel and open new tourism opportunities in the state.    Maharashtra state has made the big announcement for Indian hospitality, one that we hope becomes a trendsetter for other states to follow. With a dynamic minister for tourism at the helm, Maharashtra is anointing hotels with industry status, with the …

Travel & Tourism

PM Modi Reiterates Importance of Travel Related Infrastructure, says Tourism Follows

Ease of travel is catching the PM’s attention as he inaugurated the new six lane expressway connecting Varanasi with Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. He underscored the importance of connectivity to a growing economy and society. This is where we believe the future of Indian tourism will unfold, as people travel for all reasons including tourism! PM Modi made a whirlwind tour to the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh, dedicating a slew of infrastructural projects to the state’s …