Category Archives: Destination

Sarovar Portico Ghaziabad to open with 52 rooms by 2021


Sarovar Hotels and Resorts further expands its portfolio in Delhi- NCR region with the signing of yet another project in Ghaziabad. Sarovar Portico upon completion in 2021 will have 52 tastefully designed rooms including suites. All rooms boast of contemporary décor and smartly equipped with comprehensive range of modern amenities. Its prime location and spacious banqueting facility make it an ideal venue to hold business meeting & conference, social functions etc. Other facilities include an all-day dining restaurant, Rooftop Gymnasium, Swimming pool. This will be Sarovar’s eighth property in Uttar Pradesh. The other hotels of the group are in Agra, Vrindavan, Lucknow, Jhansi and a recently signed hotel in Greater Noida West. Commenting on the development, Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said “In order to maximize further growth and expansion opportunities, we are delighted to consolidate on our presence in Delhi NCR. With the opening of Sarovar Portico, we aim to cater to these markets by offering best value to business and leisure travellers in sync with Sarovar’s signature hospitality.

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Lords Hotels and Resorts signs 117-room property in Kurnool


Lords Hotels & Resorts has announced its latest property in Andhra Pradesh with Mourya Lords Inn, Kurnool. The hotel boasts of 117 guest rooms along with two F&B outlets, three banquet halls, a pool and a spa. Located in KJ complex at Bhagya Nagar, the hotel is just 1 km from Kurnool Railway Station. The nearest Airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport – Hyderabad which is at distance of 180 kms. Another nearest airport is Kurnool International Airport which is at a distance of 28 kms. Kurnool Airport will be operational from May 2019. Kurnool is the fifth most populous city in the state and is reckoned to be one of the gateways to Hindu Pilgrimage Sri Sailam. It is also an excellent place for history buffs since it’s full of historical monuments that offer the glimpse of fine ancient architecture. Kurnool district also has a number of oil mills, textile mills, stone polishing units, cement plants, and chemical industries.

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South Asia’s first Tribute hotel to open in Kochi in April

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Twenty14 Holdings has announced that they would soon launch Port Muziris – South Asia’s first Tribute Portfolio hotel, part of Marriott International, near the Cochin International Airport. The 55-room property is all set to be opened to the public in April. Port Muziris encapsulates the rich culture, history and art of the port town of Kochi. Elegantly designed with imprints of the city, Port Muziris also boasts a large collection of artworks from local artists. “We are thrilled to debut the first Tribute Portfolio in South Asia. At Twenty14 Holdings, we share the vision of offering a unique experience for guests,” said Adeeb Ahamed, Managing Director, Twenty14 Holdings. “Kerala has long been one of the most sought-after destinations worldwide, and we are excited to be part of the state’s flourishing tourism sector. We look forward to extending our legacy of providing outstanding hospitality to guests across Kerala and India through our bespoke properties.” Tribute Portfolio, launched by Marriott, is a collection of exceptional independent hotels around the globe. Tribute Portfolio is designed for travelers seeking fresh travel experiences that reflect their own unique individual point of view. With a focus on expressive design moments, vibrant public spaces, and a flexible food and beverage model, Tribute Portfolio is for full-service developers keen on creating spaces that connect people and places. Diverse in experiences and robust with personality, each Tribute Portfolio hotel is a magnet for the colorful and quirky, much like the travelers who choose to stay at them. “We are delighted to announce the first Tribute Portfolio hotel in India, with the opening of Port Muziris hotel in Kochi. This will also mark the debut of our 16th brand to …

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Shangri-La to unveil its first standalone dining outlet at Changi Airport

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The Shangri-La Group has announced the launch of its first standalone dining establishment – Shang Social– at Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) this April. Shang Social marks the group’s first venture into standalone food and beverage (F&B) outlets outside of a hotel setting and pays tribute to three distinctive Chinese cuisines – Cantonese, Huaiyang, and Sichuan. Diners at the 220-seater Shang Social will be brought on a culinary journey conceptualised by three of Shangri-La’s highly acclaimed master chefs. The extensive menu features traditional and contemporary interpretations of classic Chinese cuisine while staying true to their authentic flavours and roots. Between the formal dining space, the casual MRKT and Bar, Shang Social is specially designed to cater to everyone and for every dining occasion. “We are excited that our first standalone F&B outlet is at Jewel Changi Airport. Jewel’s strategic location at one of the world’s busiest airports offers us an ideal opportunity to showcase our many Chinese specialities to a global audience. With Shang Social, we are taking our first steps to bring our collective culinary heritage to a wider community outside of the hotel setting,” said Mr. Lim Beng Chee, Shangri-La Group CEO. “We are honoured that the Shangri-La Group has chosen Jewel for their first standalone dining establishment. Our team has carefully curated a fine selection of dining options to delight even the most well-travelled taste buds, and the addition of Shang Social is testament to our commitment to curate the highest-quality retail and dining offerings for our guests,” said Ms Hung Jean, CEO of Jewel Changi Airport Development.

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Radisson Rewards members can now redeem points with over 35 airlines

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Radisson Rewards, the global rewards program of Radisson Hotel Group, has expanded its portfolio of airline partners to allow members to take off with Radisson Rewards and redeem their points with over 35 airlines. “We’re excited to expand the value of our membership by providing guests an easy way to earn airline miles while also enjoying the benefits of being a Radisson Rewards member,” said Efrem Berman, Head of Global Loyalty and Engagement, Radisson Hotel Group. “By joining Radisson Rewards, members will receive member-only rates and have access to exclusive benefits that are sure to create memorable moments.” All guests wanting to earn airline miles for their hotel stays need to become a Radisson Rewards member. Members can choose to set their Radisson Rewards account profile to automatically convert their points with their preferred airline every time their account reaches 10,000 points, or members can redeem their points in increments of 2,000, 50,000 or 100,000, whenever they choose. The list of the airlines is below- AIRLINE PROGRAM NAME Aeroméxico Club Premier Air Astana Nomad Club Air Baltic airBaltic Club Air Canada Aeroplan Air China PhoenixMiles Air France/KLM Flying Blue American Airlines AAdvantage Asiana Airlines Asiana Club Avianca LifeMiles British Airways Executive Club Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Czech Airlines OK Plus Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Emirates Skywards Ethiopian Airways Sheba Miles Etihad Airways Etihad Guest Finnair Finnair Plus Frontier Airlines Frontier Miles Gulf Air Gulf Air Frequent Flyer Program Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club Japan Airlines Mileage Bank® Jet Airways JetPrivilege Kuwait Airways Oasis Club LATAM LANPASS Lufthansa Miles & More Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles Oman Air Sindbad Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Miles Qantas Airways Frequent Flyer Qatar Airways Privilege Club SAS …

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Marriott announces three-year growth plan, to add over 275,000 rooms globally by 2021


Marriott International has announced its three-year growth plan, which includes opening more than 1,700 hotels around the world, at its meeting with institutional investors and security analysts at the New York Marriott Marquis. Marriott will outline its plan to add between 275,000 and 295,000 rooms by 2021, supported by the strength of its record 478,000-room pipeline, including roughly 214,000 rooms already under construction. Marriott will disclose that its new room openings during this period could contribute $400 million in fee revenue in 2021 and $700 million annually when stabilized. The company’s three-year growth plan assumes, but does not forecast, comparable hotel revenue per available room (RevPAR) growth of 1 and 3 percent, compounded annually.

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Rajasthan remains leading state in brand signings and Goa in hotel openings in Q4 2018

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According to a recent report by JLL, Eight out of eleven markets in India witnessed an increase in RevPAR performance in Q4 2018 over same period last year. Rajasthan is the leading state in brand signings and Goa leads in hotel openings in Q4 2018. Importantly, 25% of new signings are conversions of old hotels. International hotel operators dominated signings over domestic operators with the ratio of 57:43.

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The Fern Kesarval Hotel & Spa opens at Cortalim, Goa

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The Fern Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of The Fern Kesarval Hotel & Spa, Verna Plateau-Goa. The opening of the hotel takes the tally to 57 hotels managed by the company. The Fern Kesarval Hotel & Spa is a 60-room hotel offering contemporary accommodations, a finely-designed multi cuisine restaurant & bar, state-of-art banquet halls, a swimming pool and poolside lawns. The hotel offers four different categories of rooms: Winter Green, Winter Green Premium, Fern Club and Hazel Suite. Guest room facilities include LED TV, Digital in-room safe, Complimentary bottled drinking water in-room, In-room tea & coffee facility, Eco-friendly room lighting, etc. The hotel also offers a restaurant, ”The Bougainvillea”, a contemporary all-day dining multicuisine restaurant, offers a wide range of Indian, Asian, Goan and International cuisines and alcoholic beverages daily between 07:00 am to 11:00 pm

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Sarovar’s Occupancy grew by 2% and ADR by 4% in Q4


Q4 has been an outstanding quarter for Sarovar Hotels Chain. Vijay Jaiswal, Senior Vice President- Sales and Marketing, Sarovar Hotels and Resorts, says, “We have exceeded on our target in Occupancy, ADR and RevPar. We have seen a growth of 2% in Occupancy and ADR grew by 4% in Q4 2018 vis-à-vis Q4 2017. Amongst the cities that have performed well are all major metro cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and cities like Goa, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur. Cities that have not performed well for our hotels are Kerala and Mashobra(Shimla) due to heavy floods and monsoon in these regions. We are forecasting to do well in coming quarter and poised to meet our targets. This is based on our current trends for this quarter. However, the general elections in April & May can be an impeding in our performance.”

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