Category Archives: Interviews

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


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


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


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 (

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


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


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


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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“We remain committed to the Indian market”: Thorsten Kirschke, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group


Thorsten Kirschke, President, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group says, “K.B. Kachru has recently been appointed as the Chairman Emeritus and principal Advisor, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, South Asia and has made outstanding contributions in building and growing Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s South Asia business from strength to strength in the past 20 years. India is our fortress market in Asia Pacific and we remain not only committed, but accelerated and invested in this market.”

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