Tourism Breaking News

Best Western opens its first SureStay Plus hotel brand in Indore

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has launched its new SureStay Plus Hotel Brand in India with the opening of a first SureStay Plus hotel in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Each of the 57 rooms spread across three categories and 8 suites of the hotel offers boutique-style charm with every modern comfort, complemented by excellent views of the city. “We are delighted to unveil SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Indore, an exciting midscale brand that will redefine the hotel landscape in Indore.,” said Atul Jain, Best Western’s Chief Operating Officer for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “By combining the ease and affordability of midscale hotels with the international standards of a global chain, SureStay Hotel Group is sure to appeal to business and leisure travelers alike”.

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2020 likely to witness highest occupancy in Indian hospitality industry: Mandeep Lamba

Mandeep Lamba, President, HVS ANAROCK-South Asia, in an exclusive interview with Tourism Breaking News, said, “Going forward we are headed towards interesting times in the hospitality space. In fact, our recent study shows, 2020 could be the year of the highest occupancy ever witnessed in the Indian hospitality industry. The industry is finally accepting the fact that we are on a start of the upside. We are observing a trend we were long waiting for. We have seen industry go through troubled seven years on a downturn. Finally, everyone is relieved that we are finally going to see an upturn.

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Tatas raise stake in AirAsia India to 51%

Tata group has increased its stake in AirAsia India to about 51%. This has been done in order to consolidate airline’s positioning in the aviation sector. Now, Tatas hold controlling stake in two airlines — the second being Vistara that is 49% owned by Singapore International Airlines. Earlier, both Tata group and AirAsia had 49% stake each with Tata Trusts managing partner R Venkataramanan and group executive S Ramadorai holding the rest. (Source: ET)

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RevPAR of leisure properties in India outpaces that of urban hotels

In the hotel industry, leisure properties in India continued to outperform their urban counterparts largely as a result of steady demand and higher average rates, as per a latest research by Hotelivate. The RevPAR of Rs 9,235 clocked in 2017-18 by the leisure sub-set was 1.6 times that of the urban sample and 2.4 times the national average. The strong year-on-year performance of the former clearly points towards a healthy demand for such hotels in the country, making investment in leisure properties perceivably more viable than previously thought. The peaks and troughs in demand in leisure locations is smoothening with creative promotions, social events, corporate off-sites, MiCE and group travel serving as fillers. Moreover, the low reliance of leisure hotels on RFPs from corporates that are relatively more sensitive to economic and trade conditions, make them less vulnerable to price wars.

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Indians mostly spend USD75-150 per day per room on overseas holidays

More than 50 per cent of Indian travellers budgeted USD75-150 per room per night for leisure travel, reports a study by CAPA India and Expedia titled ‘The Inflection Point for Indian Outbound Travel’. Hotels have been the standard option for the Indian traveller in the past, however, travellers are now exploring other accommodation options, with 38% of survey respondents having rented a villa or apartment while travelling overseas. This has been made more accessible by online platforms such as Airbnb and others, which offer homestays. Traditionally at short-haul destinations, Indian travellers spend one-third of their holiday budget on accommodation. Indians visiting Singapore spent around 35% of their trip cost on accommodation, compared to Chinese and Indonesians who spent only about 18% in 2015. For medium to long-haul destinations, the spend on accommodation can increase to up to half of the total trip budget. Indians visiting Mauritius in 2016, spent around 56% of expenses on accommodation while those visiting Switzerland spent around 48% of their budget on accommodation. International leisure travellers from India are drawn mostly from high and upper-middle income economic segments. They are used to a certain standard of living and expect similar conditions and conveniences when travelling. Given the high quality of hotels in India, there is an assumption that equivalent levels of luxury and service will be available overseas, which is not always the case. Leading hotel chains have shared that they find it difficult to replicate their customer proposition at overseas destinations because of the much higher cost of labour and different service cultures. This can result in expectations being disappointed.

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Indians to spend an additional $24 billion on online travel bookings by 2021

Online bookings in India are projected to rise from 25 per cent to 35 per cent as internet penetration increases from 33 per cent to 50 per cent, according to a latest study titled ‘How does India travel?’ by Bain & Company and Google. As India’s travel spending is set to grow from $94 billion in travel spending to $136 billion by 2021, around $24 billion (or 57 per cent) of the incremental bookings will be online. The report states that frequent flyers research online and make decisions on the basis of business needs and availability of flights and hotels. They rely heavily on travel provider websites online (59 per cent) and price comparison websites (51 per cent) for airline and hotel reviews and availability with a tendency to search first by mobile device (61 per cent) and then by laptop (26 per cent).

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Airlines dominated Indians’ transport spending with 51%

Indian travellers spend 51 per cent of their transport expense on airlines, as per a latest study titled ‘How does India travel?’ by Bain & Company and Google. The Indian airline industry is one of the fastest-growing in the world. With 10 new airports in the last four years and the decrease of nominal prices by 18 per cent in 2017–18), airlines dominated the transport spending despite operational pressures. Bus price hike due to GST, falling passenger footfalls and preference for self-drive hampered growth in bus travel. Railways’ growth remained stagnant and it lost share to airlines for long-distance travel (>500 kms) and to road for shorter distance travel.

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Jet Airways codeshare- way forward?

In the wake of a temporary suspension of Jet Airways, airlines that have codeshare agreement with Jet, disclose the way forward for dealing with the crisis. Fiji Airways spokesperson says, “Fiji Airways has temporarily stopped codeshare bookings with Jet Airways flights. Guests holding existing bookings are being re-booked on alternative flights via either Singapore or Hong Kong.” Virgin Atlantic in a statement, said, “We understand that a number of Jet Airways flights have been cancelled.  As with many airlines, we operate a codeshare agreement with Jet. Any customers who have booked directly with Virgin Atlantic should check our website www.virginatlantic.com for the latest advice.  All other customers on Jet operated flights should contact them directly. Etihad Airways spokesperson reveals, “Following the announcement that Jet Airways has suspended its operations, Etihad continues to re-accommodate and support affected guests. Our teams are assisting guests with their travel arrangements and re-booking those affected onto the next available flights. We continue to work with Jet management, lenders and key stakeholders in the context of the lender-managed effort to restructure the company.” Aeromexico comments, “Regarding our codeshare, Aeromexico is taking actions to reduce the impact of our customers. Fortunately, the number of affected passengers is minimal and we have already reached them and we are working to get them to their destination. We are offering them the necessary support and we are relocating them in other flights with help of other SkyTeam partners.” “Delta is aware of Jet Airways’ financial situation and its inability to operate its normal schedule. Delta is assisting Delta customers booked on Jet Airways flights to support their reaccommodation via alternative travel options. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to Delta customers impacted …

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SpiceJet to add five new Bombardier Q400 to its fleet

SpiceJet has announced to add five more 90-seater Bombardier Q400 planes to its fleet, which will take its regional fleet size to 32. The move is aimed at increasing airline’s domestic capacity on the regional routes. Three of these planes will join the fleet in the next ten days while the remaining two will be inducted by June, said SpiceJet in a statement. On the new induction, Ajay Singh, Chairman and MD, SpiceJet said, “As part of our efforts to augment capacity and minimise passenger inconvenience, SpiceJet will induct five more Q400s in addition to the 16 B737s we announced last week.The sudden reduction of aviation capacity should in no way hamper air connectivity to the smaller towns and cities of India and as the country’s largest regional operator, SpiceJet will make all possible efforts in this direction.” The airline has a fleet of 48 Boeing 737, 27 Bombardier Q-400s and one B737 freighter.   (With Inputs from PTI)

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DGCA asks airlines to reduce airfares on 10 routes

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked airlines to reduce fares on 10 domestic routes to “reasonable levels” as ticket prices on these routes have soared to 30 per cent in last one month, according to a senior official. Speaking about various steps being taken to address capacity and other issues, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said the DGCA reviewed airfare movement in 40 high density sectors. It was found that airfares rose 10-30 per cent on 10 routes and on those routes, airlines have been asked to reduce the ticket prices to “reasonable levels”, Kharola said. (Source: PTI)

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