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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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The Fern Residency opens in Bharatpur, Nepal

The Fern Hotels & Resorts has opened a second property under The Fern Residency Brand in Nepal. This takes the tally to 63 hotels managed by the company, across 46 locations in India, Nepal and Seychelles. The hotel will have 48 rooms. Commenting on the opening, Suhail Kannampilly, CEO, The Fern Hotels & Resorts, said, “It is a moment of great satisfaction and pride for us. Our Fern brand has been well received in Kathmandu and that has given us the confidence to open the second property. The property will operate as an eco-sensitive hotel, offering guests a central location at great value, for their corporate and leisure stays.” Winter Green Rooms offer both King and Twin bed options. Guest room facilities include LED TV, digital in-room safe, complimentary bottled drinking water, in-room tea & coffee facility, eco-friendly room lighting, etc. The hotel also offers a restaurant, and a contemporary all-day dining multi-cuisine restaurant offering a wide range of Nepalese, Indian, and International cuisines and alcoholic beverages.

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Tribute Portfolio debuts its first tented concept resort in Bintan Island

Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio has announced the opening of Natra Bintan, located in the hub of Bintan Island, Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago. A total of 100 safari-themed tents are ready to welcome guests. Encompassing over 40 square meters, each tent is thoughtfully designed with modern style, and made complete with a lush garden and outdoor patio, four-poster bed and air-conditioning. Equipped with an LCD TV and Wi-Fi connection, these tents will keep guests connected with the world while revelling in an extraordinary island life

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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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The Fern Kesarval Hotel & Spa opens at Cortalim, Goa

The Fern Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of The Fern Kesarval Hotel & Spa, Verna Plateau-Goa. The opening of the hotel takes the tally to 57 hotels managed by the company. The Fern Kesarval Hotel & Spa is a 60-room hotel offering contemporary accommodations, a finely-designed multi cuisine restaurant & bar, state-of-art banquet halls, a swimming pool and poolside lawns. The hotel offers four different categories of rooms: Winter Green, Winter Green Premium, Fern Club and Hazel Suite. Guest room facilities include LED TV, Digital in-room safe, Complimentary bottled drinking water in-room, In-room tea & coffee facility, Eco-friendly room lighting, etc. The hotel also offers a restaurant, ”The Bougainvillea”, a contemporary all-day dining multicuisine restaurant, offers a wide range of Indian, Asian, Goan and International cuisines and alcoholic beverages daily between 07:00 am to 11:00 pm

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53-room WelcomHeritage Ayatana opens in Coorg

WelcomHeritage has opened its new property in Coorg, Karnataka— WelcomHeritage Ayatana, which offers picturesque location and breathtaking views. The 53 cottage property is spread over 100 acres of endless lush greens amidst the gentle rolling hills WH Ayatana is a perfect location where you can breathe in fresh, clean air, take lazy walks or simply enjoy the natural surroundings. The magnificently designed individual cottages offer a spectacular view of the valley. Sanjeev Nayar, GM, WelcomHeritage shared, “This is the 33rd property of WelcomHeritage and we are extremely happy to share that we are experiencing good occupancy from month it flagged off. WelcomHeritage is determined to promote the country’s cultural heritage as well as the natural beauty and with WH Ayatana, it is our sincere effort to bring forward the untamed beauty of South India to the world. WH Ayatana is a perfect blend of natural beauty with seamless hospitality services. It has everything to offer to a discerning traveler be it close to nature experience or sumptuous cuisine, rejuvenating holiday or business trip. That is the reason, the property has picked up extremely well.”

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Fern Hotels to open 20 new properties in 2019

The Fern Hotels and Resorts has big plans for 2019. Noshir A Marfatia, Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, The Fern Hotels and Resorts, says, “2018 has been largely good for the hospitality industry. Occupancy levels remained buoyant across most metros and Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities. Our resort properties also performed well. The domestic corporate and leisure travel segments saw good growths, as did international business and leisure travelers. To meet the increased demand for hotel rooms in most cities, new builds are opening every month. In our company, we opened over 15 new hotels in 2018, and are slated to open 20 new properties in 2019. Most international and local hotel management companies, including us, now operate multiple properties in many key locations (metros and resort destinations). Given this encouraging scenario, hotel tariffs will naturally be driven by market forces. But the main winners will be those companies like ours, that will charge judicious rates and not exploit or milk the demand-supply gap for short-term gains.

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The Fern Leo Beach Resort, Madhavpur, Gujarat, opens with 10 cottages

The Fern Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of The Fern Leo Beach Resort, Madhavpur, Gujarat. This is the only beach resort at Madhavpur beach. The company already has a very strong presence in Gujarat with 9 operational properties. With the opening of The Fern Leo Beach Resort, the number of properties in Gujarat has now gone up to 10 . Overall this is the 55th hotel which the company is managing. Ideal for a beach holiday, the resort offers ten cottages with the highest level of comfort and chic interiors. The room facilities enjoyed by the guest include in-room tea and coffee makers, two bottles of mineral water, eco friendly lighting arrangement and bathroom amenities. The dining options comprise of The Fern Restaurant which offers multi cuisine food and a variety of non alcoholic drinks. The Live Food Court is the open air beach side court to relax and unwind. Commenting on the opening of the hotel, the COO of the company, Suhail Kannampilly said, “Tourists visiting Madhavpur now have a perfect place to stay amidst the tranquil and serene surroundings. It is an unexplored part of the Gujarat coast line and they are going to have a memorable stay at resort.”

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Hilton to eliminate plastic straws across its managed hotels in Asia Pacific

Hilton has announced it will eliminate plastic straws across its managed hotels in Asia Pacific by end 2018, and transition away from plastic bottles from its conference and event spaces. This follows the company’s global commitment to cut its environmental footprint in half and double its social impact investment by 2030. The company will also double the amount it spends with local and minority-owned suppliers, and double its investment in programs to help women and youth around the world. These goals are part of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility strategy to further the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. “As a global hospitality company operating more than 5,300 hotels in over 100 countries and territories, we are committed to have a positive impact on the communities we operate our hotels in,” said Alan Watts, Executive President and President, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “We believe waste is a solvable problem. By focusing first on plastic straws and plastic bottled water, we take another step forward in our journey to ensure that the destinations where travelers work, relax, learn and explore are vibrant and resilient for future generations to come.” Hilton’s new 2030 goals include the following social and environmental targets: Cut Environmental Impact in Half to Help Protect the Planet • Reduce carbon intensity emissions by 61%, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) o Presently, more than 50 hotels in Asia Pacific offer the Clean Air Program, which offsets carbon emissions generated from meetings & events, at no extra cost to the customer. Since 2015, its hotels have offset 14,118 tonnes of carbon in support of nine climate-friendly projects across the …

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