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Hotelivate will host the ninth edition of its Hotel Operations Summit – India (HOSI) at the Indian School of Hospitality, Gurgaon on September 9, 2022

Hotelivate will host the 9th Edition of its Hotel Operations Summit – India (HOSI) at the Indian School of Hospitality, Gurgaon on 09th September 2022. Riding on the back of the previous edition, this year too will, the conference will see a hybrid format, allowing many more professionals to join in virtually and be a part of the event.  With the most challenging times of the recent years behind us, the hospitality fraternity has been focused on bouncing back, with all its business decisions revolving around hotel operational teams which have gone through turmoil in terms of changing trends, government guidelines, manpower shortages and so much more. The conference is once again returning to the Indian School of Hospitality, one of the country’s leading hospitality management institutes. Home to the first École Ducasse campus in India, ISH offers international education in culinary arts, and their hospitality management programs are offered in alliance with the globally renowned school Les Roches. HOSI is the only dedicated forum for hotel professionals in the region and has always aimed to empower hospitality leaders through enabling discussions on management and operations-related issues, the rapidly evolving marketplace, latest industry trends, benchmarking, and best practices. HOSI aims at furthering the exchange of ideas in the industry. A collection of keynote addresses, interviews and panel discussions will tell the story of operational challenges and opportunities as well as the ongoing journey of hospitality towards better days. The conference will be aimed at providing a much-needed boost to one of the worst-affected industries in the world with some of its most prominent thought-leaders and trend-setters uniting under one roof, discussing operational excellence. The conference will feature some exclusive interviews and keynote addresses in an endeavour to …

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HC stays CCPA guideline that prohibited restaurants & hotels from charging service charge on F&B

The Delhi High Court has stayed the recent guidelines prohibiting hotels and restaurants from levying service charge automatically on food bills. Justice Yashwant Varma, while dealing with petitions by NRAI and FHRAI challenging the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA)’s guidelines, said the issue requires consideration and directed the authorities to file their reply.

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One Above Global DMC creates more awareness about Maldives hotel brands in Delhi and Bengaluru

With an aim to fuel growth from the Indian market, One Above Global DMC joined hands to create more awareness about Maldives hospitality brands in Delhi and Bengaluru in collaboration with Cora Cora Maldives and Centara Maldives recently. Close to selected 100 top outbound travel companies from each city were invited for the product presentation and cocktail event. Representing Cora Cora Maldives at Delhi event Karishma Kazi, Director, BlackTurtle said, the idea was to showcase the product and provide complete knowledge about the resort’s features and offerings to tour operators. I’m really happy with the response we received at the event. Speaking about the Bengaluru event, the representative from Centara Maldives added One Above offered a platform for Centara Maldives to establish direct contact with the top potential agents and to further increase its market share from Bangalore and other parts for South India Market. Speaking about event collaboration, Rahim Alsam, Founder, One Above DMC said, “Our major business leads are generated from the North and South India market, hence targeting Delhi and Bangalore cities which have immense potential for all the products we sell and promote. We look forward to more such engaging events with our partners in coming months.

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Experience boutique luxury with Zip by Spree Hotels Avishi Greens in the heart of Manali

Located on the banks of River Beas, Manali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. It is known for its stunning snow-covered peaks, picturesque valleys, innumerable adventure activities, and much more. Spree Hospitality is known for its designed for the evolved, modern global traveler to India. It has satisfied million customers with its properties focusing on modern decor, a full-service, cutting-edge technology, and a deep respect for the environment. If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Manali, look no further! Come stay at Zip by Spree Hotels Avishi Greens and experience the very best that this fabled city has to offer. The resort is 2.1 Kms from Tibetan Monastery, 3 Kms from Circuit House and 39 Kms from Kullu-Manali Airport. This 4-star Spree hotel in Manali offers a wide variety of facilities and amenities to ensure that your getaway in the mountains is as comforting as can be, helping you rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. The hotel rooms are spacious and comfortable with modern amenities offering four different categories of rooms: Standard Room, Superior Room, Deluxe Room with Balcony and Executive Room. The in-house restaurant Treat serves a wide range of national and international delicacies with the panoramic view of the valley. The banquet space of this hotel can host social and corporate events seamlessly in the 1300sq. feet state of the art facility.

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Radisson Resort Goa Baga makes debut in Goa

Radisson Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest hotel groups, is delighted to announce the opening of Radisson Resort Goa Baga strengthening its presence in India’s vibrant beach city of Goa. Located in the heart of North Goa, travelers and locals can find their balance in this newly opened resort that flows with relaxing natural spaces, thoughtful architecture, and details. Strategically situated just 800 meters from the famous Baga Beach and 39 kilometers from Dabolim Airport, Radisson Resort Goa Baga is a favorable destination for leisure and business travelers. Guests have a multitude of attractions within proximity, including the upbeat Saturday Night Market, top nightclubs, and a selection of popular beaches like Baga and Calangute. The property also offers easy access to places of worship, world heritage, and historic sites like Chapora Fort and Fort Aguada. The resort’s activity desk is equipped to help guests organize outdoor adventure activities, water sports, old city tours, and more. Boasting contemporary and modern-day architecture, Radisson Resort Goa Baga features multiple categories of aesthetically and spaciously designed rooms, including superior rooms, premium rooms with pool and balcony views, junior suites with pool and balcony views, and suites with terrace. The hotel also offers 24/7 in-room dining, free Wi-Fi and is well-equipped with facilities like a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, fitness center, and spa.  

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Cross Hotels appoints Sandeep Raghav as Director (Business Development) for India market

Sandeep Raghav has been appointed as the Director (Business Development) for the India market. He has over 20 years of experience with international hotels. Working with brands such as Taj Group, Radisson UK Hotels, Jumeirah Group, Frasers Hospitality Singapore, Starwood Hotels, Marriott Hotels and Conrad Maldives has given him immense exposure to the luxury segment to handle FIT and group business from India. He is a seasoned hotelier specialising in luxury leisure and MICE segment for various outbound destinations. He has been a key element for their team goals. Raghav loves cricket, music and travel. He is a team player and goal-oriented in his actions.

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Hotel industry expected to return to pre-Covid levels in FY2023: ICRA

As per an ICRA report the hotel industry witnessed a healthy start to FY2023, with 56-58% occupancy in premium hotels in Q1 FY2023. It was up from ~40-42% in FY2022 and closer to pre-Covid occupancy of 60-62% in Q1 FY2020. Pan-India ARR stood at ~Rs. 4,600 – 4,800 in Q1 FY2023, as against Rs. 4,200-4,400 in FY2022. It still remains at a 16-18% discount to pre-Covid levels on an average, although a few high-end hotels and leisure destinations witnessed ARRs spike to higher than pre-Covid levels in the last few months.

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Cross Hotels sets foot in Lombok, Indonesia with two idyllic properties

The island of Lombok, which is part of the magnificent Indonesian archipelago, (known for) is renowned for the pristine beauty of its untainted landscape, which draws travelers from all over the world. Away Lombok Mandalika and Amber Lombok Beach by Cross Collection have joined the company’s expanding portfolio on the back of a hotel management agreement (HMA) that Cross Hotels & Resorts and PT. Origin Resorts Lombok inked. The announcement brings the total number of Cross-branded boutique properties in Indonesia to six, following on from a twin-hotel management deal in the prominent tourist destination of Bali in April 2022. These include Away Bali Legian Camakila, Cross Bali Breakers, Tanadewa Resort and Spa Ubud by Cross Collection and Tanadewa Villas and Spa Nusa Dua by Cross Collection. A truly tropical haven, Away Lombok Mandalika attracts travellers with a league of its own accommodation options, including deluxe garden and pool suites adorned with organic elements and indigenous crafts. Away Lombok Mandalika, located close to Kuta, offers its guests the chance to “Escape Everyday Life” and check off a number of bucket-list items, including phenomenal surfing, breathtaking sunsets, and late-night partying. “We are honoured to partner with PT. Origin Resorts Lombok and I am excited about the continued expansion of our eco-friendly footprint on the beautiful island of Lombok. With these two magnificent resorts joining the Cross family, I am confident our strong international network will help bring a new genre of holidaymaker to Lombok. Cross Hotels & Resorts is committed to the focused expansion of our business in Indonesia. Our dedication and flexible execution are key as we continue to transform hospitality for all,” said Harry Thaliwal, Chief Executive Officer, Cross Hotels …

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Ascott acquires Oakwood worldwide to fast-track growth to over 150,000 units globally

The Ascott Limited (Ascott) announced it is acquiring Oakwood Worldwide (Oakwood), a premier global serviced apartment provider, from Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd. The acquisition increases Ascott’s global portfolio by 81 properties and about 15,000 units. Oakwood’s approximately 8,500 operational units are expected to immediately contribute to Ascott’s recurring fee income streams upon completion of the transaction slated in 3Q 2022. Ascott’s acquisition of Oakwood will leapfrog Ascott’s global presence to more than 150,000 units in about 900 properties across over 200 cities in 39 countries. It will add new markets which include Cheongju in South Korea; Zhangjiakou and Qingdao in China; Dhaka in Bangladesh as well as Washington D.C. in the United States of America (USA). Recently named the ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’ in DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2022, Oakwood’s award-winning portfolio includes flagship properties Oakwood Premier Tokyo and Oakwood Premier Coex Center Seoul which were ranked top 10 properties in their respective countries in the DestinAsian awards. New properties such as Oakwood Premier Melbourne and Oakwood Hotel Oike Kyoto, will also add to the group’s destination highlights. Mr Kevin Goh, CLI’s Chief Executive Officer for Lodging, said: “This acquisition of Oakwood is part of Ascott’s roadmap to playing a bigger role in the lodging market. There are significant synergies between Ascott and Oakwood, given our complementary footprint and product offerings. We intend to build on the strong reputation and heritage of the Oakwood brand, especially in markets across Southeast Asia, North Asia and North America. Oakwood will continue to grow alongside Ascott’s current portfolio of global brands as we continue to build growth momentum for our lodging business. We will be able to leverage Ascott’s extensive expertise as a …

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