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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 …

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Taj Hotels Play Custodians of the Best Indian Hospitality Traditions; London Property Celebrates 75 years of India’s Independence.

Taj Hotels in London celebrated India’s 75th Independence Day with subtle aplomb! Inviting a select group among the resident guests, senior employees got together as Area Director, IHCL, Ms Mehrnavaz Avari, hoisted the tricolour. As the national anthem played out, everyone was standing still in proud celebration. Immediately thereafter, one solid voice from amidst the gathering boomed “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, followed by another equally robust “Vande Mataram”, as the crowd burst into spontaneous applause. …

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Should Hotels Pull Out the ‘Tandoor’ to Support the Environment? 

A simple step towards Decarbonisation, to be collectively Adopted by the Hospitality industry  Knowing the complex energy challenges of our country, the hotel industry may consider taking a phase off decision with regard to the use of charcoal in hotel restaurants, assuming there must be 5lakh tandoors, on a conservative estimate and demonstrate its green leadership for the country, and indeed globally as well.  Charcoal production causes deforestation, it is carcinogenic and therefore the hospitality …

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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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The Lodhi in New Delhi Keeps Its Iconic Status During the Pandemic, Emerges Stronger for all the Disruptions.

The Lodhi is a stand-alone super luxury property in the heart of Central Delhi. Run as part of the DLF Luxury portfolio along with the malls, the hotel keeps innovating, retaining its niche. Here, how it keeps its magic going is shared by Saurabh Khurana, Hotel Manager, The Lodhi. This summer season – how is it looking, especially compared to 2019 summer, in overall terms? Summer of 2019 is one that no one will ever …

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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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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 …

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A MOAT, A FORT AND AN ELEPHANT DOOR: How CSR can Save Indian Heritage?

Rakesh Mathur, eminent hotelier and presently, president of the Responsible Tourism Society, shares a model concept on how the heritage part of hotel properties can be treated differently to make them eligible for CSR funds. This would help make the entire property more financially viable and sustainable.    My journey into the World of Heritage Hotels started in 2001/2002 after 9/11. The Global Company I headed closed its doors, presumably temporarily, and I found myself …

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Leela Hotels Uses This Lockdown to Assure Its Associates, And Vaccinate Them and Their Families; Confident That When Business Starts, They Will Be There to Serve Their Guests Meaningfully.

Destination India spoke with Anuraag Bhatnagar, COO, Leela Hotels and Resorts on how they are coping with these times. At Leela, they have used this time to look inwards towards their associates and first ensure their well-being. How will your company cope with this stress? Any new re-imagining for the immediate times ahead? The second wave is an unprecedented reality that all of us are battling both on a personal as well as a professional …

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Remembering Anil Bhandari, among the Great Hoteliers that ITDC produced

Veteran Hotelier, Anil Bhandari, former CMD, ITDC and former MD, HCI passed on recently. In this blog, his contemporary, Virat Varma, recalls his association of over 45 years with Bhandari and how Indian industry has lost one of its prized assets. The first time that I heard his name was in ITDC Head Quarters, in my boss Ms.Psyche Nigam’s office, where she was discussing with the GM Hotels and preparing a list of top ten …

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Lemon Tree Hotels Partner with hospitals across India to offer Early to Mild care to Covid Patients; Hospitality Chains Sign In to Help out the Needy

A most laudable initiative from the hospitality industry. A far cry from asking for more, this time, giving as best as it can. For instance, Lemon Tree has partnered its hotels with various hospitals across India who will provide early care to mild/asymptomatic COVID patients in Gurugram, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad (as on 1st May 2021). In total, Lemon Tree has provided 714 rooms. Admission to these facilities will be purely at the discretion of the relevant …

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Prashanth Takes on his second avatar as hotelier, launches Avatar Hotel in Mangalore

Prashanth Aroor has taken on his second avatar, as a hotelier, starting with The Avatar Hotel, (owned by development company Shanker Vittal), to develop the first hotel of his family promoted entity. What is on the cards are Boutique lifestyle localised hotels with a plan for 5 more leisure resorts across western Karnataka in the next cycle of development. The first is a city hotel in Mangalore which is now 99% ready. What does the …

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“Aerocity has the promise of becoming Delhi’s most important business district”

The shadow of Covid is back to haunt the Aerocity, but its community of hoteliers and restaurateurs, having braved one lockdown and its after-effects, are convinced that this too shall pass. Their faith in the destination remains undiminished. To quote Sehgal of Andaz Delhi: “Watch out for the next phase of the Aerocity development. It is going to overshadow everything else in Delhi.” His sentiment is shared by Daryaganj co-founder Bagga. “The Aerocity is here …

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Hotelivate Report 2021 Captures the Stress in Hospitality; The High and Low witnessed in Different Segments

Hotelivate has released its Hospitality Report for year 2021, giving its stats and pulse of the industry. With COVID cases rising in large numbers yet again, the first (and possibly second) quarter of FY22 are likely to remain under severe pressure. Forecasting in these uncertain times remains extremely challenging. However, one thing is certain. Recover we shall. A slew of measures taken by hotel owners, operators and lenders are all aimed at making survival possible. …

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Ginger Hotels ups the Game in Economy to Midscale Segment, Market Share Grows to 26% in 2020, says Deepika Rao

Ginger Hotels have Stepped up its Engagement, With its New Brand Positioning Inspiring Greater Traction in its Segment, With an Impressive Rollout in the Near Future. The Opportunity The midscale to economy segment of hospitality in India has been witnessing a significant growth. From 8% of the branded hotel supply in 2001 the segment share stands at about 26% in 2020.  To tap this opportunity IHCL redefined its brandscape, positioning Ginger as its vehicle to penetrate and …