Category Archives: Interviews

GST at low rates to be the motto at FHRAI Convention

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The 51st FHRAI Annual Convention is being held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, from September 22-24, 2016. Luv Malhotra, Vice President, FHRAI says, “We are expecting over 1,000 delegates this year. Getting GST at a low level for travel and tourism industry will be our motto. Also the focus would be to bring in more tourists into the country, not just for the next year but for the next few years too. We are looking at good participation. Last convention was extremely successful so I am expecting a major growth.”

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Accor to invest €225 million in digital platform

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Nilesh Patel, Director, IT, AccorHotels India, says, “At AccorHotels, technology is not merely concerned with adding ease to the guest experience, rather we take it a step ahead by aiming to provide a perfect amalgamation of technology along with the warmth of personal touch. We are investing €225 million into a digital plan that will not only enhance every part of the customer’s journey but also improve the service experience of the staff, owners, franchisees and partners.”

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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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Carlson partners with Accomable for disabled and elderly people

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, today announced its Asia Pacific initiative of partnering with Accomable, a UK- based pioneering global platform that provides specialised information and listings on assisted travel, adapted hotels and vacation rentals for disabled and elderly people. Other site highlights include useful tips such as nearby hotel attractions and travel information vital for all accessible travellers. Guests can now view and book over 100 of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Asia Pacific hotels, equipped with accessible guestrooms and facilities, through Accomable’s website (www.accomable.com).

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Carlson to invest USD$30 million to augment global digital platforms

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Asia Pacific embarked on a sizeable investment in Virtual Reality (VR) interfaces for our Radisson Blu and Radisson RED brands which was launched during HICSA. Carlson also rolled out a Radisson Blu, “BluPrint” app this February that allows guests and hotel owners/investors to view our rooms in augmented reality. In addition, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will also invest USD$30 million this year to augment our global digital platforms.

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Golden Sands Hotel Apartments forays into India

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Golden Sands Hotel Apartments, part of A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises and pioneered the concept of hotel apartments in the region, announced its participation in a 10-day roadshow to India to promote Dubai as a key destination for Indian travellers. From August 22 to 31, the team of Golden Sands Hotel Apartments will join Lama Tours in visiting nine well-known cities in India such as Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Pune, Cochin, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Jalandhar to build awareness and boost inbound tourism. Shaza Ahmed, Sales Manager, who will head the team will meet with key travel agencies and tour operators that bring large groups of Indian travellers to the UAE and secure a strong customer base.

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Hyatt aims for 27 properties in India by the end of 2016

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Harleen Mehta, Vice President, Sales Operations, South Asia – Hyatt Hotels Corporation says, “Currently we have a portfolio of 24 hotels in India, representing five brands (Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt and Hyatt Place). A sixth brand (Andaz) will enter India in latter part of 2016 with the opening of the Andaz Delhi. By end of this financial year, we aim to have 27 properties in India. Apart from the aforementioned Andaz Delhi – the thirteenth Andaz hotel in the world.”

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