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Re-imagined Taj Mahal: Building Afresh Upon its Rich Legacy of 40 Years, Creating New Benchmarks for the City’s Hospitality Industry

With a fresh lease signed, IHCL has put into place a re-imagined property that builds upon its rich legacy of four decades. It has been work in progress in the last year or so, with a phased development of its public areas, services and its rooms.  Taj Man Singh, as it is popularly referred to, is a popular landmark in the history of New Delhi’s hospitality industry, a landmark that has grown in esteem over …

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IHCL Market Cap Rises 81% this Year; Chhatwal says Industry Can Absorb Another 175,000 Branded Rooms in Next 10 Years.

In an exclusive interview with Destination India, IHCL MD and CEO, says the industry has the appetite for another 175,000 rooms in branded category during the next 10 years. He says supply is limited and given a definitive push from the government, at the centre and in the states, this can happen to fill the gap in this essential infrastructure sector. NB: People are saying they have not seen this kind of a golden period. …

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Prasoon Mukherjee led USE Signs with TGI Fridays’ to Expand Global Presence in Asia

Former ITDC senior executive, Prasoon Mukherjee has signed the first ever master franchise agreement for TGI Fridays’ for as many as 75 outlets in the next 10 years. The U.S. based company has partnered with Master Franchisor, Universal Success Enterprises, to bring an authentic Fridays experience to over 75 new locations in South and Southeast Asia over the next 10 years. The deal, which is expected to drive over $500MM in revenue for the U.S. based …

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IHM Pusa celebrates its 60 years with Aplomb! It is Time to Look Ahead!

It is a Moment in Time. IHM Pusa has made a sterling contribution to professionalism in the service industry, not just hospitality. It is time to look ahead and plan for the next 25 years. With the Hon’ble minister for Tourism, Culture and North Eastern Region as Chief guest, IHM ushered in its 61st year of service to the nation and hospitality industry in particular. Several celebrity alumni who have done the country proud were …

Travel & Tourism

India’s Aviation and Foreign Policy Mix: an UDAN type Intervention can Leverage India’s Soft Power in the Neighbourhood.

Dr Sanat Kaul, leading aviation analyst, has brought out his book on this important subject. Released recently, the event featured an important panel discussion on the real time possibility! Former senior IAS officer Sanat Kaul, who has served as JS in the ministry of civil aviation, MD in Delhi Tourism and was Indian representative at ICAO in Montreal, has released his book on India’s aviation and Foreign Policy. An interesting and unusual spin on two …

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TAFI announces its Convention in Sarawak, Looks Set to Host 700 Plus Agents; Tourism Malaysia Proves Pro-active in Catching the Indian Outbound Rush, Post Pandemic.

The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) has taken the lead in pushing for tourism to bounce back. Its theme is appropriate to Build Again and Better! The convention promises to achieve these objectives given the enthusiasm in the industry to start doing business again. TAFI has taken the lead in announcing its annual convention post the pandemic. Earlier in the year, TAAI had to cancel its convention in Colombo at the last minute, with a spate …

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ITC Mughal Offers an Enduring Legacy of its Rich Heritage; A Holistic Experience that Combines a Modern day Resort of Global Standards

It is Not Just History of a Given Period. The experience is very Modern and International. It captures the Best Traditions in Indian Hospitality. •Imagine recreating history as in the books to bring alive a global and yet quintessential Indian experience. Of an era long remembered for its extravagance and artistic successes. But it harks back equally to an architecture that one sees across so much of Rajasthan’s forts and palaces. Of courtyards, landscapes and …

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Singapore is Fully Open: India is already Second-best Market

India promises to regain its eminence as a tourist generating market for Singapore, says Srithar, Regional Director for India, Middle East and South Asia for Singapore Tourism. He has spent more than a decade in this region and is conversant with both the market as well as its key drivers. Effective 1st April, Singapore is fully open to tourism. “Presently, 14 Indian cities have direct air connectivity to Singapore. More than 50% of the pre-Covid …

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Bukhara Brings the Zing Back into Life after Covid, It’s a Big Reassurance that Good Times are on Hand!

Life has been strange in numerous ways, for want of a better expression, over the last two years. With bouts of hope and depression giving way to a sustained new burst of energy, that all too familiar is coming back as the new experience of a happier times. It has been over two long years since eating out has been taboo. It’s both looking back and looking ahead, with hope and expectancy for better times …

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Leela Builds Upon its Traditions and Core Values, Looks at Expansion both in India and Globally, says Anuraag Bhatnagar.

DI interviews the CEO, Anuraag Bhatnagar on what’s brewing at the hospitality chain, committed to the core values originally set by the legendary founder Capt Nair. We are meeting for the first time, since the last wave when we had multiple restrictions in place. As the world is opening, we caught up, to understand what’s new at Leela, that was bought over by asset management group Brookfield, just a few months before the first lockdown …

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TAAI Goes to Colombo to Bring a Fresh Momentum to Regional Tourism; Hosts Promise a Memorable Convention

It’s a bold Move by TAAI and president Jyoti deserves full credit for going that Extra Mile. It’s a bold new Beginning for Regional Tourism, in the post Covid era. The 66th annual TAAI convention will he held third week April in Colombo. At a press conference to formally announce the event and to launch its logo and brochure, president Jyoti Mayal stressed how this will multiply tourism between our two countries. “We have observed wherever …

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Air India confirms Chandrasekaran as its new Chairman; CEO appointment to happen soon.

A win-win situation for all the stakeholders, from government to employees, airline industry and the traveller at large is the crucial take away from the airline’s privatisation   Looking back, on the recent successful privatisation of Air India, it’s interesting to note how it represents a win-win situation for all concerned. For the government it means no more having to finance a losing proposition, in recent years it has been in excess of Rs. 5000 crores every year! …

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CII Summit Suggests a Shopping Festival to Promote Delhi as a Multi-facted Destination. 

It may well be an opportune time to curate a shopping festival for Delhi, concluded a select panel at a recently convened webinar by CII Delhi State unit. Panellists included the heads of DLF Malls, Pushpa Bector; head of Select Citywalk, Yogeshwar Sharma; head of asset management at InterGlobe Hotels, Manoj Agarwal; Navin Berry, editor of this website, was the moderator. It was stressed that shopping festivals was an excellent and proven model of promotion, …

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Challenges as We Get Back into Inbound: Roadshows in Traditional Markets Needed, says IATO President, Rajeev Mehra.

Traditional Markets are a safer bet, he says, though it’s all not that easy to get them back. There are challenges, which may resolve over the next year or so. With India gradually opening up for international tourists, we caught up with Rajeev Mehra, president of IATO, on how he views the challenges as we open? There is some debate between new and traditional markets as being better bets for the immediate run. What does he think? New markets …

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The world is undergoing a major shift in decision-making and buying power, and it’s altering the global and Indian hospitality ecosystem, says K B Kachru.

What is the impact, looking back, upon Indian hospitality industry – witnessing the last two years’ challenges? DI caught up with K.B. Kachru, Chairman Emeritus & Principal Advisor, Radisson Hotel Group-South Asia to get his impressions on the industry pipeline and growth aspect. In the Covid breakdown, what has been the impact on the Indian eco-system? “The past few years have been particularly challenging for the hospitality sector, but this hasn’t taken away the growth …

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The Young Legend in Luxury, Ankur Bhatia Passes Away leaving a Rich Legacy that Competed with the Best in the Business

For him, Amadeus was a start-up in the first wake of technology coming into Indian travel space. He was the master hands-on guy who later drove the Roseate brand in Delhi, Rishikesh and London. He became the classic understated icon for luxury – his amazing legacy will live on! He was his own man, his own type, inimitable, unique. As a young legend, at the early age of just 48 years, he had become the unmistakable …