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Taj group eyes acquisitions, mid-scale hotel brand in India

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Deepa Misra Harris, Senior V-P
Deepa Misra Harris, Senior V-P
We are pretty aggressive on expansion, says Deepa Misra Harris, Senior V-P
The Tata Group’s upmarket full-service hotel brand, Gateway, made its foray into Kolkata in December 2013.

Luxury hotel chains to check into India

 and  are among top-end brands planning to tap this market in next couple of years.

International hotel chains bet big on India market

New Delhi :
As the number of middle-income families going on domestic vacations and business travellers on a tight budget keeps rising, international hoteliers are rushing in to capture the mid-market segment bridging the gap between luxury and budget hotels in India.

Room in the middle


Intercontinental Hotels Group plans to open 19 Holiday Inn Express hotels in India by 2016.
In April this year, the Intercontinental Hotels Group, or IHG, the world'slargest hotel group by number of rooms, signed a 20-year management contract with Duet India Hotels to launch 19 Holiday Inn Express hotels in India by 2016.

Marriott International eyes 100 hotels in India by 2017-18

It has been busy two months for hotel giant Marriott International. In Bengaluru, it opened three hotels: the country's first Ritz Carlton, a corporate Hotel Fairfield Inn and a JW Marriott.

Marriott International to open 12 more hotels in India

NEW DELHI: American hospitality major Marriott International plans to open a dozen hotels in India by 2015, adding to its existing count of 23 properties, a company official said.

Last-minute booking app Hot Hotels raises $1M

The Madrid-based last-minute hotel booking app and European competitor to HotelTonight, raised its first external investment round since being founded in January 2012. The new funds help the company with its expansion plans into Latin America.

Hilton expands DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio in Australasia

Hilton Worldwide has signed a multi-unit management agreement with SKS Group to manage two hotels, located in Perth and Fremantle, Western Australia. The hotels will be branded DoubleTree by Hilton and will join Hilton Worldwide's existing portfolio of 20 hotels in Australasia.

With acquisition of Protea Hospitality Group complete, Marriott becomes largest hotel company in Africa

Marriott International has become the largest hotel company in Africa according to published information, and nearly doubled its presence in its Middle East and Africa region to more than 160 hotels and 23,000 rooms as it completed its acquisition of the 116-hotel Protea Hospitality Group (PHG), based in South Africa.  Marriott now operates or franchises more than 4,000 hotels in 79 countries. 

Tourism the dominant driver of UK jobs since the recession

New employment analysis released this week shows tourism to be the major driver of jobs in the UK since the recession.  The work, commissioned by VisitEngland the national tourist board and carried out by the Office for National Statistics shows that between September 2009 and September 2013 the number of people working in tourism industries in England rose by 6% equating to 153,000 jobs.  Over the same period, the number of people working in other industries grew by just 3%.

Global Travel Industry Set for Decade of Sustained Growth According to New Report from Amadeus

The global travel industry is poised for a period of sustained growth over the next decade, driven in part by China’s share of global outbound travel1reaching as much as 20% by 2023, a new report on global travel trends reveals today.

Starwood Hotels plans to bring St Regis & W Hotels to India

Global hospitality player Starwood Hotels & Resorts is planning to bring its luxury brands St Regis and W Hotels to India shortly to meet the expanding demand of the Indian market. With this, Starwood will have eight out of its nine brands in India.

Starwood Hotels to Take Over Operations for Kempinski’s Two City Centre Hotels in Bahrain

American hotel and leisure company Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide is taking over from Kempinski to operate the two hotel towers at Bahrain City Centre.

Hilton Worldwide signs agreement to enter Jaipur with a hotel under its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts Brand

Hilton Worldwide announced the signing of a management agreement with Fruitful Buildcon Private Limited for a Hilton brand hotel in Jaipur. The launch of Hilton Jaipur later this year will mark Hilton Worldwide’s entry into the city, one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Located in the heart of the city, Hilton Jaipur will offer the ideal base for leisure as well as business travellers

Hilton Worldwide to manage hotel in Jaipur

NEW DELHI: International hospitality firm Hilton Worldwide today signed an agreement with Fruitful Buildcon Pvt Ltd to manage a Hilton brand hotel in Jaipur.

Best Western India to add 10 hotels to its portfolio

Best Western India will add 10 more new hotels to its fold in India in couple of months. According to Sudhir Sinha, President & COO, Best Western India these hotels will become operational by April-May, 2014 in destinations like Pune, Ambala, Pathankot, Kanpur, Zirakpur, Dehradun, Ooty, Nakhodar, Wayanad, and Dalhousie.

Absolute Hotel Services India signs Eastin Easy Talegaon, Pune India

MUMBAI - The Eastin Easy Talegaon is being developed on the main Malwadi, Talegaon Dhabade, on Talegaon Chakan Road near General Talegaon Hospital, Pune. It is strategically an important commercial location of Talegaon, Pune. 

NHCC receives’Best Mixed-Used Property Hotel’ award at Hotel Build India Awards

Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre (NHCC), managed by Accor has received the award for Best Mixed-Used Property Hotel at the second annual Hotel Build India Awards presented by ITP Publishing Group India and Hotelier India. The award was received by Shiv Kashyap, Director - Design and Technical Services Accor India at the award ceremony. 

India among top 10 markets to deliver 75% of global hotel growth: Richard Solomons

After five decades in  and 19 hotels, UK-based leading hospitality chain,  (IHG), is planning to open 45 more properties in the next three to four years. Within Asia, this is the second highest pipeline next to China.

‘Visitors from Hong Kong top spenders at Indian hotels’

Visitors from Hong Kong have topped the list of travellers paying the most for hotel accommodation in India in 2013, parting with an average Rs 8,061 per night, which is six per cent more than what they paid in 2012, says a report.

Our goal is to have 200 hotels running by 2020: Diana L Nelson, Carlson

Despite economic growth remaining slow and demand for hotels slackening, Carlson Hotels' chairperson Diana L Nelson considers India a strong market.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts appoints Achim Lenders to oversee global food and beverage strategy

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced that Achim Lenders, an industry veteran with 30 years of experience, has joined the company as Vice President, Global Food and Beverage. Lenders, who most recently served as Corporate Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, will oversee the alignment and development of Starwood's multi-billion dollar global food and beverage strategy, reporting to John Peyton, Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives.

Hospitality HR trends: what's driving strategy changes

The last decade witnessed some far-reaching and significant changes in the way business is conducted in the Indian hospitality spectrum. Regardless of the recent year's contentious and challenging economic climate, the hospitality landscape continued to evolve, and new international hotel brands entered the Indian subcontinent.