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NEWS | Neesa Leisure launches hotel in Gujarat under Coral By Cambay brand

Gujarat-based Neesa Leisure Ltd has launched its first property at Gandhinagar in Gujarat under the 'Coral By Cambay' brand. N Rajendra Raju, Group CEO, Neesa Leisure Ltd said that the company would set up more hotels at Dahej (Gujarat), Abu Road (Rajasthan), Nashik (Maharashtra), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and Raipur (Chhattisgarh) in the next few months. Land has already been bought at some of these places and the company is going to launch more budget hotels across India in future.

The Gandhinagar property is actually part of the existing Cambay Spa and Resorts whose 16 cottages, comprising 32 rooms, have been redesignated under the Coral By Cambay brand. He further informed that the budget customers could, however, avail of pay-and-use facilities in the accompanying 184-room five-star facility.

According to a report in The Hindu Business Line, the company, with a Rs 1,500-crore asset-under-management has a turnover of Rs 100 crore at present. The group mainly has corporate clientele, with an average occupancy of 40-45 per cent. In all, it has eight properties under three and five-star categories with 700-plus rooms. Hospitality contributes 30-35 per cent of the company's revenues.


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NEWS | Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide launches online ratings and reviews by guests on its website

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has invited guests to contribute ratings and reviews directly on its hotel websites. In a recent survey, nearly 85 per cent of Starwood Preferred Guest members said that they find value in consumer ratings and reviews on travel sites. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is making it easier for consumers to find the information they crave with reviews displayed directly on the hotel page they are viewing. The open forum gives travellers a place to share and search for genuine hotel reviews – both the positive and the negative – so they can plan their ideal hotel stay. The hotel group is also making sure that all comments are from guests who have stayed at the hotel. Reviews are verified by a hotel reservation confirmation.

“Our goal is to provide everything a guest needs to select and book their best hotel experience and there is no better place to offer this information than on our own websites. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide new ratings and reviews platform provides a valuable new way for guests to learn from the experiences of fellow travellers,” said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President, Starwood Preferred Guest.

According to the company release, guests can now post ratings and reviews based on a variety of criteria including: Overall Rating, Room Comfort, Staff Met My Needs, Room Cleanliness and SPG Recognition. Helping to create a more personalised experience, guests can also filter review content to see the information that is most relevant to them including: Star Rating, Purpose of Travel, Frequency of Travel, SPG Level, Above/Met Expectations and Below Expectations. Reviews can also be shared through social media channels including both personal and property Facebook pages.


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NEWS |Hilton Worldwide saves approx USD 74 million in utility costs through LightStay Sustainability Measurement System

Hilton Worldwide, with its portfolio of 10 hotel brands, has announced that the company has saved more than USD 74 million in utility costs since the introduction of LightStay Sustainability Measurement System. Sustainability measures have brought on reduction in the following areas: a 6.6 per cent reduction of energy use, 7.8 per cent reduction of carbon output, 19 per cent reduction of waste output, 3.8 per cent reduction of water use.

According to the company release, as a result of these actions, Hilton Worldwide recently earned ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management Systems, achieving one of the largest ever volume certifications of commercial buildings - with more than 3,750 properties across 10 brands and 85 countries. As part of the Hilton Worldwide certification process, DEKRA Certification, Inc performed a series of audits and will continue ongoing assessments to monitor compliance.

“Sustainability is a priority for Hilton Worldwide and a central part of how the company does business. LightStay has provided us with a platform to measure hotel performance and economic improvement, proving to be invaluable given today’s increased operational demands and resource constraints,” said Christopher J Nassetta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hilton Worldwide.

Hilton Worldwide is the first major multi-brand hospitality company to make sustainability measurement a brand standard. As a brand standard, the group's properties are committed to making continual improvements to their overall sustainability results each year by adding new features to LightStay. These features allow hotels to track projects, share best practices and communicate with one another through a ‘social network’ dashboard.


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