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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% …

HotelScapes

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 …

HotelScapes

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, …

NB Blogs

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 …

HotelScapes

Uncertain Times Call for More Meaningful Exchanges within Industry and with Diverse Stakeholders

In a brief interview, Neeraj Govil, head of Marriot Hotels in India, says business sentiment has picked up significantly since May this year. Is this long haul? One cannot say, he emphasizes, but believes there is cautious optimism all around, not just in tourism but across the economy. “These are uncertain times, and there is plenty of speculation. What is noteworthy is that there is recovery. We have moved a long way forward from our …

Travel & Tourism

While Industry waited for Proposals to Motivate more Domestic Travel, Government has decided upon diverting LTC funds to other consumer Spends

A double whammy has fallen on the doorsteps of the travel and tourism sector. While for months, the sector has continued to look for help from government, to mitigate the stress, here comes a shocker of unprecedented magnitude. LTC provisions can now be diverted to other spends, subject to certain conditions. Tax payers can spend buying ACs and refrigerators and do not need to travel. It is virtually saying no need to discover your country …

NB Blogs

National carrier Air India is a Most Powerful ‘Made in India’ Brand; We Must Ensure we Keep it this Way!

PM Modi’s aspirations for India being a global power to reckon with are possibly going unrecognized in one very important and perhaps a most critical area. Among our various requisites on the country’s and indeed our Prime Minister’s, wish list ought to be air connectivity between India and the world, serviced by least 2 to 3 Indian owned, globally connected and reputed airlines. A natural corollary out of the present efforts to open travel across …

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Puneet Dhawan takes Charge at Accor; Hospitality Takeover by Indian Origin Heads is Complete!

Puneet Dhawan has taken over as Head of Accor in India! While the announcement was made a few months back, he took over physical charge recently, as he was held up overseas on account of Covid restrictions on air travel. With his joining as head of Accor, taking over from Frenchman Jean-Michel Casse, the changeover to local is complete. All other foreign chains in India have an Indian origin head. Marriott has Neeraj, Hilton has …

Destinations

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 …

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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 …