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Lords Hotels signs up with Aarya Raj Club and Resort in Rajkot

Lords Hotels and Resorts has signed up with a leisure club and resort in Rajkot, making it the hotel company’s 23rd venture in Gujarat. It already has a presence in Ankleshwar, Bhavnagar, Chotila, Dahej, Dwarka, Gandhidham, Gir, Somnath, Surat, Porbandar, Rajula, Vadodara, Jamnagar (two proeprties), Morbi, Ahmedabad, Rajkot (four properties) and Bharuch in the state. The agreement was signed between Pushpendra Bansal, COO, Lords Hotels and Resorts and Ishwar Gehi, Promoter of Aarya Raj Club and Resort. Commenting on the occasion, Bansal said, “We are delighted to announce our latest venture in Rajkot. It will be a fabulous retreat for a traveller with host of amenities.” Rishi Puri, Senior Vice President of Lords Hotels & Resorts, adds, “Lords Aarya Club & Resort captures the essence of Gujarat with its unique architecture. It will differ in a way that it will offer tourist a more relaxed atmosphere.” Inspired by the architecture of the great Pyramids of Egypt, the resort encompasses seven pyramids which exude grandeur and is spread over 1,50,000 sq ft area. Guests can access meeting and conference services at well-appointed venues, experience the spa, workout at a well-equipped gym and fitness center. The resort also has a swimming pool with gandola boat, and halls and outdoor venues for events.

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Amatra opens hotels in Haridwar and Mussoorie, targets 3,000 rooms in 3 years

Amatra Hotels and Resorts has launched two properties in Haridwar and Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. The company is also looking to have 3,000 rooms and inventory of over 45 hotels in the next 3 years across strategic locations in India. In 2019, it plans to add five hotels to increase its total tally to 7 hotels. “We are launching these two properties in India with a clear focus to provide unmatched and distinct luxury in India, which is affordable for the masses. As we create a different league of identity for us in luxury hospitality, travellers will witness many firsts in this segment. We are also looking to acquire properties in other regions across India and will launch few more properties this year,” MrSabrySalahudeen, Chief Growth Officer, Amatra Hotelssaid. The resort chain offers value for money offerings in the leisure category with handpicked properties in key destinations across the leisure landscape of India. In India, the company is looking to acquire exemplary properties in Goa, Rajasthan, Kerala, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and few other leisure locations across the country.

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Sarovar Portico Dindi, Andhra Pradesh, to open with 50 rooms

Sarovar Hotels and Resort has announced the signing of new hotel in the Godavari Delta of Andhra Pradesh. The hotel will have 50 aesthetically designed rooms including suites. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, spa, dining area and indoor meeting and banquet space for business meets and social event. This is Sarovar’s second hotel in the state of Andhra Pradesh after Marasa Sarovar Premiere, Tirupati. Commenting on the development, 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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Bengaluru hotel room rates expected to rise 5% in 2020: Report

The Hotel Monitor 2020 by American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), predicts that hotel prices in most key cities will experience only modest rises in 2020. Bengaluru is one of the top business destinations in India. Demand from business travellers will lead to rise in room rates by 5% in 2020, even as supply grows at double-digit rates. Ashish Kishore, Managing Director at American Express Global Business Travel India, said “India is leading the way in global technology advancements, which we’re seeing through the increase of business travel opportunities to Bangalore.” Joakim Johansson, Vice President, Global Business Consulting at GBT, said: “Despite signs that the global economy is facing challenges, the number of people travelling for business and leisure continues to grow. But, in most cities, a full hotel development pipeline means this sustained level of demand will not feed into big rate rises.”

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Dune Wellness Group to open new property in Kerala by 2020

Sunil Varghese, Director, Dune Wellness Group, has revealed that they will be opening a new property in Kerala by 2020. The brand has six properties in India, out of which only one has a spa. They have one more spa in Bali. Going forward, they will be looking at new openings as well. “We are looking for a property in Kerala, which will have a spa as well. By 2020 it should be operational,” informed Varghese. He added that they are a small chain of hotels located in South India operating from destinations like Tanjore, Pondicherry, Kodaikanal and Matheran.

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OYO gets fresh investment, gets $2 billion from RA Hospitality Holdings

OYO Hotels & Homes has announced that Founder & CEO (Group), Ritesh Agarwal, through RA Hospitality Holdings (Cayman), has signed $2 billion primary and secondary management investment round, supported by global institutional banks and his financial partners, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals. This year, the company has seen a 4.4x YOY growth in revenue in June 2019 (vs. June 2018), with 1 million rooms under management across hotels and homes; with over 200,000 rooms in India. The company’s strong growth, improved margins, superior improvements in customer experience led to this move, making it one of the first founder and executive-led management purchases in the technology and hospitality sector, globally. Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia India, OYO’s early supporters, are selling part of their holdings in order to help the founder increase his stake and thereby commitment while remaining invested significantly in the company’s long-term mission

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Jakson opens second property in Jim Corbett

With one boutique hotel in Phaltan, Maharashtra which is dedicated to sustainable hospitality, Jakson Hospitality has now opened its second property called ‘The Tiger Groove in Jim Corbett’ and expect to put the same values into its new offering so that it grows up to influence all its stakeholder similarly. Sandeep Talaulicar, Managing Director, Jakson Hospitality, says, “We look forward to repositioning the Tiger Groove into a wilderness resort that creates memories for everyone that sleeps and eats in its arms. This is the dream on which we plan to build this hotel.” Located in the Kyari forest of Jim Corbett, ‘The Tiger Groove Corbett’ is positioned as a Jakson Resort and categorised under the mid-market segment. It is located 8km from Ramnagar and set almost 6km into the forest which makes one feel completely connected with nature. Built on three acres, the hotel has 50 rooms across five variants including luxury cottages that sleep four per cottage. The resort has a coffee shop, a swimming pool, a games area, a party hub, lawns that can host 500 pax, a banquet hall measuring 4,500sq feet and a host of adventure activities ranging from safaris to treks, biking, nature walks, para motor gliding, rock-climbing, rappelling, river crossing, etc.

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Regenta & Royal Orchid Hotels to open in Noida, Goa and Belagavi

Regenta & Royal Orchid Hotels has recently announced signing up of three new properties; in North Goa, Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and Belagavi (Karnataka). All three properties are scheduled to open within the next 2 months. Of the three new openings, two properties (in Goa and Noida) will be positioned under the Regenta Central brand while the one in Belagavi will be positioned as a Regenta Resort. The new hotel in Goa marks the groups foray in the tourist-intensive and high-demand area of North Goa, and further strengthens the group’s presence in the destination, where two resort properties are currently operating, in the south. The Regenta Central Noida will be situated within the city-centre area, close to the Delhi Metro line and will feed a strong demand pipeline originating from industrial companies and IT parks which are in close proximity. Located on the old Belagavi- Goa route, Regenta Resort Belagavi will feature contemporary rooms and cottages and will serve business as well as leisure guests, while also providing contemporary banquet and open spaces for weddings and events. Chander K. Baljee, Managing Director, Regenta & Royal Orchid Hotels said, “Our new openings are exactly in sync with our growth plan to reach 100 hotels. Through these launches, we’ll be strengthening our portfolio both in terms of geographical reach and diversified offerings. These hotels will help us play-out our well-defined Regenta brand architecture and offer best-in-class accommodation and services for business as well as leisure guests. The properties are being beautifully designed and feature contemporary amenities which guests will love. All our hotels will offer our distinctly warm Indian hospitality, these will be hotels with a soul”.

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Avani rebrands two resorts in Krabi, set for 2019 and 2020 launch

Avani Hotels & Resorts has signed two resorts in Krabi, Thailand, which will undergo renovation to bring them in line with Avani standards. The two hotels will be fully rebranded as Avani+ Koh Lanta Krabi Resort, set to launch by mid-2020, and Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort, which will open its doors under the new branding in late 2019. While Avani+ Koh Lanta Krabi Resort will have 83 rooms with direct access to a secluded white sand beach adjacent to Klong Dao Beach, Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort will be a 178-key property just 70 kms south of Krabi International Airport and will overlook Ao Nang Beach. “We are extremely excited to include Krabi in our portfolio as the Avani brand expands further through such agreements with trusted partners within Thailand,” said Javier Pardo, Vice President – Operations, Avani Hotels & Resorts. The newly rebranded resorts will bring the total number of Avani properties in Thailand to nine.

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Hilton marks 2019 as year of most luxury hotel openings; 11 properties to launch by year-end

Christopher J Nassetta, President and CEO, Hilton, has said that the company is on track to open more luxury properties in 2019 than in any previous year of its 100-year history, with seven hotels expected to open by year’s end (in addition to four openings earlier this year) across its luxury brands Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts, and Conrad Hotels & Resorts. Hilton’s current and projected luxury openings in 2019, which join the 65 existing luxury properties, include Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre; Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal; Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi; The Biltmore, Mayfair in London; Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa in Anguilla; Conrad Hangzhou; Conrad Hangzhou Tonglu; Conrad New York Midtown; Conrad Shenyang; Conrad Tianjin; and Conrad Washington DC. Following this year’s openings, Hilton’s luxury pipeline includes more than 30 properties, approximately 25 of which are expected to open through 2025. “After more than a decade of honing Hilton’s distinct luxury offerings and investing in key markets around the globe, we are embarking upon a very exciting phase for the category,” said Martin Rinck, Executive Vice President and Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Group, Hilton. “Over the next five years, starting with this year’s openings, we will start to see the positive impact of our efforts, and we are confident that our amazing portfolio of properties will reinvent luxury travel for Hilton and for the entire industry,” he added.

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