Kanchan Nath

The author is the Editor at BW HOTELIER.

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Hospitality that leads from the Heart

With an aim to assimilate the concept of ‘heartfelt hospitality’ in India BW Hotelier got in touch with hospitality leaders.

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Resort locations are doing extremely well because of the pent-up demand: Neeraj Govil

As the business environment improves, hotels are getting back into business. Marriott International has seen incremental occupancy recovery since August. The same has been reinforced by the festive period and has been largely driven by leisure, guests, and wedding functions. In terms of business travellers, there have been some project-based movements. There has been a return of expatriates into India, more movement in embassies and the consulates. Enhanced activity in the PSU segment as well and the MSME segment in India is being witnessed. In an exclusive interview, Neeraj Govil, Senior Vice President, Marriott International Inc. shares more.

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The Owners perspective…

2020 has been a watershed year for the industry. As the strongest pillar of the industry, owners of hotels, have borne a major brunt of the Covid -19 pandemic. BW HOTELIER got in touch with owners to get a mindshare of their viewpoint on how they have not just stayed afloat but are geared up to win this battle and come through triumphant.

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Innovative, Responsible, Regenerative, Sustainable Tourism For Rural Development

ARTI (Association for Agri and Rural Tourism in India) proposes to organise a global convention in January 2021 at Kumbakonam, Tanjore District in Southern India. In an interview BW HOTELIER, Steve Borgia, CMD, INDeco Leisure Hotels shares more.

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‘Drivable hotels and destinations shall dominate the hotel industry for the year ahead’

Neemrana Hotels has been one of the few hotel chains that have been able to bounce back post the Covid-19 pandemic. Their average group occupancy in the month of November 2020 was 41 per cent versus approximately 60 per cent for the same period last year. In an interview with BW HOTELIER, Aman Nath, Founder & Chairman, Neemrana Hotels shares more.

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We have minimised customer touchpoints and have adopted digital solutions where possible: Keswani

All set with their ‘Rest Assured’ initiative in partnership with Diversey, Lemon tree Hotels are operating 100 per cent of their inventory, they are seeing the flow of individual business travellers (from SMEs) and leisure travellers. All their brands are picking up business across India with occupancies at 60-65 per cent in mini-metros and leisure destinations. In an exclusive interview with BW HOTELIER, Rattan Keswani, Deputy Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd. shares more…

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The leisure markets and resorts are doing reasonably well with 70 per cent occupancy: Vilas Pawar

The pandemic is here to stay for a while, vaccines are out but they are not full proof and even the distribution of those vaccines is going to take a while. Choice Hotels are seeing 25-30 per cent occupancy in the corporate hotels whereas the leisure markets and resorts are doing reasonably well with 70 per cent occupancy. Vilas Pawar, CEO, Choice Hotels India is bullish that occupancies in business hotels will increase to 45-50 per cent by March-April of 2021. In an exclusive interview with BW HOTELIER, he shares more.

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The Khyber embodies the magnificence of Gulmarg

The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa is spread across seven acres of a sylvan coniferous forest, 8,825 feet above sea level in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. Its plush interiors, fine cuisine, and restorative treatments, hold all promises to pamper guests. In an interview, Umar Tramboo, Managing Director, Pinnacle Resorts Pvt. Ltd, promoter of The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg shares more.

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Workcation and Staycation have emerged as a significant trend: Bakaya

Travellers are taking longer trips that effectively combine work and leisure both. Ajay K. Bakaya, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels and Resorts, shares how the group is showing gradual signs of recovery, with all its 94 hotels now open in India as well as Africa and average occupancy in hotels across India increasing by five per cent on a month-on-month basis.

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Our growth driver in the country has been the Holiday Inn Brand Family: Sudeep Jain

Over 97 per cent of the IHG portfolio in India is now open. The Holiday Inn Brand Family, which includes Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, have worked extremely well for the market which is primarily driven by domestic tourism. In an interview, Sudeep Jain, Managing Director, South West Asia, IHG shares more…

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