Category Archives: Hotels

GPS Lucknow eyes Tier-II & Tier III cities

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The Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) held in Lucknow recently focused on tapping the Tier-II Tier-III cities. Elaborating on the 2 days B2B travel trade, outbound event, Harmandeep Singh Anand, Managing Director, GPS, informed, “This is our second year in Lucknow, we had a very good response last year. The market has accepted that this is an E-event and have downloaded the app and pre-registered. Through Lucknow we hope to reach the travel fraternity in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand. This is a very promising market, and we hope to empower through knowledge, networking and face to face business interactions.’

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Sarovar Hotels and Resorts expands footprints in Andhra Pradesh

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Sarovar Hotels and Resorts announced the signing of new hotel in Andhra Pradesh – Sarovar Portico, Dindi.  Dindi is in the intersection where the Godavari joins the Bay of Bengal. Sarovar Portico, Dindi after renovation will have 50 aesthetically designed rooms including Suites. Other facilities include indoor meeting and banquet space. This is Sarovar’s second hotel in the state of Andhra Pradesh after Marasa Sarovar Premiere, Tirupati. Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said, “We are delighted to expand our leisure portfolio. Our vision is to deliver uncomplicated travel experience for our business and leisure travellers. We see great growth potential in this market and look forward to offering best value to business and leisure travellers in sync with Sarovar’s signature hospitality.”

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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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