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Shangri-La to add 5 new hotels in India by 2024

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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts shall unveil five more properties in India by 2024. Shangi-La has two hotels in the country, in Delhi and Bengaluru and is scouting for various locations including Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata and Hyderabad, said John Northern, Executive Vice President for the Middle East, India & Indian Ocean. “The important thing for us is to find the right partner. Out two hotels in India are also under the management contact,” he added. (Source: PTI)

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Indian business travellers prefer luxury properties: RoomIt by CWT

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The RoomIt by CWT research reveals key differences in business traveler hotel preferences by country. Overall, business travelers are more likely to stay at upper midscale to upper upscale properties, but there are key regional differences. Travelers from India and Australia are more likely to stay in luxury properties (35% and 25%), while Mexico, the US and Italy travelers are more likely to stay in upper midscale properties (35%, 32% and 27%). The survey compiled responses from 660 business travelers from nine countries to identify what influences them to choose a particular hotel during the booking process. The results revealed that globally, having access to Wi-Fi (84%), room rate (81%), distance from business site (81%) and breakfast (79%) are the most important influences. A few of the key differences between countries were also revealed, such as business travelers from the UK and Germany are the most swayed by having access to a health club (44%) and loyalty programs are the most important to those from Mexico and Germany (46%). “We continually work to understand business travelers’ specific wants and needs so we can offer the accommodations that will improve their satisfaction,” said Scott Hyden, SVP and Chief Experience Officer of RoomIt. “We know that you have to get the basics right in order to maximize compliance and reduce travel spend.” Several other notable takeaways from the results — business travelers from Germany are most likely to be persuaded by photos (56%) compared to other countries while travelers from France are the least likely to experiment with new hotel brands (26%). Travelers from Mexico are less likely to use their company’s booking tools (24%), compared with those from Canada (35%). German …

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Demand for digital travel solutions on the rise: Travelport

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Tech-savvy business travellers in India are increasingly demanding, as well as using, advanced digital solutions that can enhance their travel experience, according to an independent study commissioned by Travelport. 72 per cent have now used voice search, at some point, when researching their next business trip. 68 per cent want hybrid support delivered through Live Chat functions. 66 per cent have researched and booked a business trip entirely on their smartphone. 52 per cent find it ‘very painful’ when they are unable to access their booking information on all of their devices , a leading travel commerce platform. The research was carried out by Toluna Research and based on responses from 8,100 regular business travellers across 25 countries. According to the study, titled the Digital Business Traveller Research 2019, in the planning and booking phase, nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of business travellers in India have now used voice search, at some point, to investigate items like flight times, hotel options and the weather at their destinations. Two-thirds (66 per cent) have also researched and booked a business trip entirely on their smartphone. In addition, three quarters of business travellers in India now feel a good digital experience is ‘very important’ when choosing a hotel (75 per cent) and airline (79 per cent). In fact, 72 per cent actively avoid hotels that still charge for WIFI. Furthermore, more than half of business travellers in India work for companies that now have travel policies allowing them to book or use shared-economy travel providers like Airbnb (57 per cent) and Uber (59 per cent). The study also revealed that in the transit phase, two thirds (66 per cent) of business travellers …

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ITC Royal Bengal along with ITC Sonar now the largest MICE destinations in Kolkata

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The launch of ITC Royal Bengal adjacent to ITC Sonar, marks the unmatched offering of two world-class hotels complementing each other. Together, the two hotels will offer 693 rooms, suites and serviced apartments, 15 signature dining destinations, 22 meeting venues and a sprawling 1,00,000 sq ft of banqueting space. In close proximity to the city’s largest convention and exhibition venues, the ITC Royal Bengal and ITC Sonar duo will offer the best choice for large scale exhibitions, meetings and events in Kolkata. The 456 keys ITC Royal Bengal is ITC Hotel’s 14th Luxury Collection hotel in India and is a befitting tribute to the timeless traditions and royal heritage of Bengal, which has been ITC’s headquarters for over 100 years. Christened ‘One of a Kind’, the grandiose property is a mark of ITC’s confidence in the tourism potential of the region and serves as a true badge of honour that Bengal can proudly showcase to the world. Built with an investment of nearly Rs 1400 crore, the ITC Royal Bengal will redefine Kolkata’s hospitality landscape making it a preferred destination for global MICE tourism and other large events. From a sprawling 16400 sq feet pillar less magnificent ballroom, pre-function areas and outer courtyards attached to the Grand Ballroom together adding approximately another 33000 square feet, to exquisite arrival lobbies and huge lawns ideal for Kolkata socials, ITC Royal Bengal offers versatile banquet options for both the business meetings and events with total banquet and convention facilities covering an area of 61000 sq feet. Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Sanjiv Puri, Chairman and Managing Director of ITC said, “We are delighted to announce the opening of the iconic ITC …

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IHCL unveils Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra

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The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), introduced the iconic Taj brand in Agra with the opening of Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. The hotel, spread over 4.5 acres, is ideally located within walking distance from the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The 239-spacious rooms hotel is an ideal destination for large conferences and destination weddings. It offers 40,000 sqft of indoor and outdoor banqueting space including a 14,000 sqft pillar-less hall which is one of the largest in North India. Rohit Khosla, Executive Vice President – Operations, North and West India, IHCL, said, “Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra, offering spectacular views of the Taj Mahal promises to be a great draw for both, domestic as well as international travellers.” “It is ideally suited for leisure travellers and is the perfect venue for conferences and weddings,” said Rajat Tuli, General Manager, Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. With this addition, IHCL will have two hotels, one under the Taj and one under the SeleQtions brand in the city of Agra.

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Accor joins hands with meetago for enhancing MiCE solutions

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To enable a joint connectivity solution for its core meeting and events business, Accor has partnered with meetago. Accor will provide meetago’s booking and software solutions in the MiCE field across DACH, Europe and a few key source markets such as the US and China. “Through the strategic partnership with meetago, we are responding to growing demand from our corporate customers and we will be making our offer available centrally via one platform in the future. We also provide more comprehensive and efficient services with a higher level of digitalisation to the conference industry,” said Sabine Toplak, Vice President-Sales, Accor, Central Europe. This collaboration will also provide individual solutions for events and participant management for small meetings and large business events and will cater to more than 1,600 meeting hotels worldwide.  In addition to this, meetago’s state-of-the-art meeting tool will ensure a secure booking process for conference planners.

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Radisson Hotel Group unveils Radisson Meetings

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Radisson Hotel Group has launched new global meetings and events offering called Radisson Meetings. Available across the group’s seven hotel brands, Radisson Meetings is developed around the three core elements of successful events – Personal, Professional and Memorable – while being 100 per cent carbon neutral through offsetting. Eric De Neef, Executive Vice President & Global Chief Commercial Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “Radisson Meetings represents our commitment to deliver a personal, professional and memorable service to our guests, and to respond to changing market trends and expectations. We are investing in our meeting venues at our 1,100+ hotels worldwide, in training of our teams, and in technology. A state-of-the-art IT infrastructure and distribution platform are core elements helping us to deliver our brand promise. Finally, all Radisson Meetings are carbon neutral – we are the only hotel group worldwide to automatically offset any carbon footprint at no cost to our customers.” To help event planners deliver memorable events for their attendees, Radisson Meetings provides an impressive portfolio of venues, tempting menus and other extras. With the launch of Radisson Meetings, Radisson Hotel Group automatically offsets the carbon footprint of every meeting or event taking place at our hotels worldwide, at no cost to attendees or organizers. To do this, Radisson Hotel Group has teamed up with FirstClimate, one of the largest carbon offsetting organizations in the world. For each meeting, the carbon footprint is calculated and then offset through First Climate by supporting projects that combat climate change and have a positive sustainable development contribution in Peru, Kenya, and India or invest in wind energy in Turkey and the USA. All selected projects are Gold Standard or Verified Carbon …

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Hilton Prague tops list of meetings hotel in Europe

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Hilton Prague has bagged the number one position as Top Meeting Hotel according to Cvent’s annual list of the Top 50 Meeting Hotels in Europe. Cvent’s Top Meeting Hotels lists rank venues based on MiCE performance according to various criteria, including total requests for proposals (RFPs) and conversion rate. The list was compiled by analysing meeting and event booking activity through the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN). More than USD $16 billion and more than 42 million room nights were sourced through the CSN in 2018. “In Europe, we saw a nearly 20 percent increase in RFP volume year-over-year and hotels featured on this year’s lists are elevating their MiCE strategy through innovative digital marketing and quick and complete online responses to RFPs – which is exactly what event organisers want,” said Chris McAndrews, Vice President- Marketing, Cvent Hospitality Cloud. “Our Top Meeting Hotels lists are consistently used by event organisers to find great hotels and by hoteliers looking to set themselves apart to increase their property’s MiCE revenue.” Michael Specking, General Manager, Hilton Prague, said, “A full renovation of our almost 800 rooms is nearly complete, and our flexible 5.000 sq. meters of meeting and convention space, bright atrium lobby, 3 restaurants, 2 bars, and 2,000 sq. meters of leisure facilities offer group guests all the amenities they look for when attending events. Add to this our hotel’s central location and most importantly a great team focused on delivering high standards of service, Hilton Prague is the real creative metropolis with everything under one roof.” Top 10 Hotel Properties in Europe 2019 Rank       Hotel Name 1          Hilton Prague 2          Meliá Castilla Hotel & Convention Centre Madrid 3          InterContinental Vienna …

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Hyatt to focus on MiCE potential in Kerala, unveils 3 hotels

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With an aim to promote Kerala as a destination for MiCE, wedding and leisure travel, Hyatt Hotels group has announced the opening three more hotels in Kerala besides its Grand Hyatt in Kochi. Two of the hotels will be unveiled in Malayattoor near Kochi and in Thrissur this year. The one in Thiruvananthapuram will be opened next year. According to Shrikant Wakharkar, General Manager, Grand Hyatt, Kochi, “All the three will belong to Hyatt Regency category.” He stated that the hotel in Thiruvananthapuram will be the biggest among the three with 200 rooms. The Thrissur hotel will have 77 rooms while the one in Malayattoor will be comparatively small hotel. With one of the largest convention centres in the country, Grand Hyatt, Kochi hosted 250 MiCE events, over 200 weddings and social events in last one year. “The city will see more national and international events and conventions in the coming months,” he added. Source: ET

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Indian hospitality woos destination weddings

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Destination weddings are redefining India’s wedding culture. It has been reported that the Indian destination wedding industry is expected to reach a market size of INR 45,000 Cr by 2020, with a projected annual growth rate of 25-30%. Factors such as the rise of the middle class, a booming economy and celebrity endorsements – amply stirred by social media-induced aspiration – have contributed to this growth. While the trend of destination weddings is not exactly an Indian concept, its percolation into the globe-trotting Indian millennial milieu was inevitable. Wedding halls are passé – perfect, fairy-tale settings for one of life’s most momentous events are increasingly ‘in’. Destination weddings have also given a major shot in the arm to wedding planners, banquet organisers and wedding apparel designers – who, in any case, had little to complain about in a country where all stops are pulled out for weddings. However, the biggest beneficiary of the growing destination weddings trend is the hospitality sector. The Big, Fat Indian Wedding In India, people are often willing to spend almost a third of their life savings on weddings. Fed on a steady social and even mainstream media diet of opulent celebrity weddings, Indian millennials are more than eager to invest in ‘curated weddings’ and will choose the most exotic locales they can afford to celebrate their big day. The preferred locations for personalized, theme-based destination weddings in India are Rajasthan, Goa, Kerala and Uttarakhand. With its forts and palaces, Rajasthan provides the perfect setting for a ‘royal’ wedding, while the Goa and Kerala provide the ideal palette for beach weddings. Many nature lovers choose resorts in Uttarakhand for their spectacular mountain backdrops. In fact, these …

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