Category Archives: Housekeeping

India remains the top market for Onyx Sri Lanka

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Recently, there has been an increase in tourism arrivals from the Asia-Pacific region for Onyx properties in Sri Lanka. Explaining this further,Simon Dell, Vice President and Area General Manager, ONYX Properties in Sri Lanka says,”Asia -Pacific has shown increase in the tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka particularly from India and mainland China. India remains the top source market for our two hotels accounting for approximately 16% of the total guest mix. Leisure travellers account for a majority of our guest mix, with Sri Lanka widely regarded as a ‘must-see’ destination. The second largest segment are those visiting Sri Lanka to see family and friends. There has also been an increase in MICE guests visiting Sri Lanka.”

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Lemon Tree Hotels to focus on MICE

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Vikramjit Singh, President and Chief Revenue Officer, Lemon Tree Hotels, says, “So far Lemon Tree hotels didn’t focus much on MICE or banqueting facility. But going forward we realise that it’s a big segment which is coming into play. We will be setting up largest convention centre hotel in Gurgaon which will be opened by the end of this year. That will have large banqueting facilities. In Mumbai we are building two hotels close to 1,000 rooms which will also have very large banqueting facilities.”

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The Suryaa revamps its Crystal Banquet Hall

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Crystal, the newly revamped banquet hall at The Suryaa, is spread over 3200 Sq. Ft. It offers state-of-the-art technology and comfort for any event, be it a breakfast meeting, conference, press launch, awards dinner or a social event. Built to accommodate 70 pax in cluster,35 pax in U shape and more than 100 pax in theatre for conference, Crystal is an ideal venue to all MICE requirements. It is equipped with Inbuilt projector, slide folding screen, boss speaker, inbuilt cordless mike and LED color changer. Crystal comes with a kitchen on-board, exclusive bar and well-trained banquet chefs trained to cater and meet food and beverage specific requirement participants.

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Grand Hyatt Kochi to open in 2017

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Harleen Mehta, Vice President, Sales Operations, South Asia – Hyatt Hotels Corporation, says, “We’re aligning our growth to leverage new demand in domestic travel and expect to expand into several new markets. We are looking forward to opening Andaz Delhi in Q4/2016, and Grand Hyatt Kochi in 2017, as well as other Hyatt Place hotels in 2017. We look forward to executing our focus on growing opportunities with our existing development partners, as well as attracting new partners through the leadership of our India development team. We also seek to attract and develop high-quality talent in India in order to drive future growth. India’s culture of hospitality is an important underpinning for long-term success and one of the reasons Hyatt is so optimistic about the country”

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GST to have positive impact on the industry – Rattan Keswani, Lemon Tree Hotel Company

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Rattan Keswani, Deputy Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotel Company says, “GST will majorly have a positive impact on the industry. When industry gets a benefit, it stokes more manufacturing and activity, and hospitality is an automatic gainer. Also, owing to the variables and taxations in multiple states and multiple cities, the common tax would be a great benefit for our customers. Thus, overall, it would benefit us and our customers. It’s a great move and I hope it comes together quickly.”

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Lemon Tree expands in Gujarat with two new hotels

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The Lemon Tree Hotel Company announced the formal opening of two new properties in Vadodara and Dahej besides the refreshed upscale property in Ahmedabad, signalling the group’s focus on Gujarat, in their overall expansion plans across India. Speaking on the occasion of the multi-city launch, Rattan Keswani, Dy. Managing Director, The Lemon Tree Hotel Company and Chairman, Carnation Hotels said, “We are excited at our fast paced growth in Gujarat. Being one of the most progressive and investor friendly States in India, we were keen to spread our wings here. Besides our owned hotel in Ahmedabad, the addition of these three properties in Gujarat opens new domestic locations for our existing customers offering them the same refreshing experience and close to home comfort that Lemon Tree is known for.”

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2nd India Hospitality Awards (West & South) in Pune

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The second edition of the India Hospitality Awards (West & South), commemorated the accomplishments of the hospitality industry of West & South India at Novotel Pune Nagar Road, on August 4. Shri Prashant Sudam Jagtap, Hon’ble Mayor, Pune Municipal Corporation was the Chief Guest for this distinguished evening. The ceremony was also graced by Saudamini Naik, Gladrags Mrs. India 2015 and stalwarts of the hospitality industry. India Hospitality Awards is a platform to recognise the hospitality industry achievers in India. Based on a unique system of jury judgment and voting, these awards are fair and unbiased and graced by the who’s who of the industry.   List of Award-Winners for India Hospitality Awards (West & South) 2016 S. No. Category Name 1 Face Of The Future Nitin Shankar Nagrale 2 Best General Manager Faiz Alam Ansari, Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park 3 Most Enterprising General Manager Bandish Mehta, Novotel Pune Nagar Road 4 Best Hotel Manager Anish Rana, Hotel Formule1 Bengaluru Whitefield 5 Best Sales & Marketing Professional Mrugesh Raval, Golden Tulip Grand View Resort, Goa 6 Best Wedding Hotel JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar 7 Best Luxury Hotel The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace 8 Best City Hotel Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru 9 Best Mid Market Hotel Mercure Lavasa 10 Best Luxury Wedding Destination Resort Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Alibaugh 11 Best All day Dining Restaurant Square, Novotel Pune Nagar Road 12 Best Luxury Business Hotel Express Inn Hotel Nashik 13 Best Corporate Hotel Park Hyatt Chennai 14 Best Debut Wedding & MICE Hotel Crowne Plaza Pune 15 Best F&B Product Cremica Foods 16 Best Business Hotel Hyatt Regency Mumbai 17 Emerging Technology Solution Provider CRS Technologies 18 Best MICE Hotel Crowne …

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