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Radhe Shyam Saraf has passed on: The last of the Legendary Hoteliers!

Radhe Shyam Saraf, the founder and moving spirit of Saraf Hotels passed on last year. We present a modest tribute to this iconic person who set up Nepal’s first modern five star hotel, and later went on to build an empire of as many as 14 deluxe properties, each iconic and market leader in their city. On a recent visit to Kathmandu I had the opportunity to catch up with the Saraf family and requested …

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One more feather in Khattar’s global ambitions in celebrating Indian and now international cuisine.

Old World Hospitality which launched Delhi’s India Habitat Centre, has been spreading wings internationally with new brands and new openings. The latest is Koloman in New York ! EHV International, a division of Old World Hospitality, the name behind leading restaurant brands like Indian Accent and Comorin in Horizon One (Gurugram), has opened Koloman, a vibrant French restaurant at 16 West 29th Street in New York City. EHV has created Indian Accent, which is among …

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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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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 …