Friday, 14 June 2019

INDIA: Hotel Paraag Limited And InterContinental Hotels Group Sign Agreement For Two Hotels In Bangalore

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has entered into an agreement with Hotel Paraag Limited in Bangalore, for two hotels – the newly built InterContinental Bengaluru Whitefield and Crowne Plaza Bengaluru Raj Bhavan Road, which will be a conversion hotel.

This development will mark the debut of the globally renowned luxury brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in Bengaluru and expansion of IHG’s upscale brand, Crowne Plaza in the country.

The development marks the debut of the globally renowned luxury brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in Bengaluru and expansion of IHG’s upscale brand, Crowne Plaza in the country. Both hotels are expected to be operational by Q1 2022 and will increase IHG’s system size in India by over 400 rooms.

Already under advance stages of construction, InterContinental Bengaluru Whitefield will feature 265 aesthetically designed rooms.

The luxury hotel will be will be centrally located in Whitefield. The hotel will offer unrivalled amenities including a large banqueting/meeting space and a large lawn.

Post extensive renovation and upgrades to the existing property, on opening in 2022, Crowne Plaza Bengaluru Raj Bhavan Road will boast of 140 well-designed rooms featuring modern amenities. The hotel will feature a large banquet/meeting space, a business centre, pool and other world class facilities.

Commenting on the announcement, Sudeep Jain, vice president, development, South West Asia (SWA), IHG said, We are delighted to partner with Hotel Paraag Limited to strengthen the presence of two of our globally renowned brands – InterContinental and Crowne Plaza in India.

This signing is a significant milestone for us as we debut our iconic brand, InterContinental in Bengaluru and mark the growth of the brand in SWA. This is our sixth InterContinental property, opened or signed in the region and the third in the country.

InterContinental has been receiving great response in the region and we are in a number of active discussions to further expand the brand footprint.

He added: Bengaluru serves as a host to many leading conferences and seminars attracting global business visitors in large numbers. We therefore see great potential in this market for our brand, Crowne Plaza which is known to offer business ready services to corporate guests and excellent MICE facilities.

With 11 open hotels in SWA and 7 in the pipeline, the brand is gaining popularity in the region and has proved to be a great choice for our guests and owners alike.

Ramesh Srinivas Jannu, managing director, Hotel Paraag Limited said, We are delighted to partner with IHG as they debut their iconic global brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in the city and continue to strengthen the presence of Crowne Plaza, a well-received brand in the upscale segment.

Given the rising demand in the city for high quality hospitality from renowned brands, we see this partnership as a great opportunity to offer our guests quality experiences for various needs and occasions.

InterContinental Bengaluru Whitefield and Crowne Plaza Bengaluru Raj Bhavan Road will offer an excellent combination of strategic location and IHG’s signature hospitality.

We couldn’t be more confident of the success of these properties as we prepare to host our guests in the near future.

Tourism Observer

INDIA: Sarovar Hotels & Resorts Signs New 49 Room Hotel In Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Sarovar Hotels and Resorts has signed a new hotel in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The 49-rooms property will be Sarovar’s second hotel after Rivera Sarovar Portico in Ahmedabad and its fifth hotel in Gujarat. Besides this, the brand has presence in Bhavnagar, Gandhidham and Rajkot.

The new hotel titled as Sarovar Portico, Ahmedabad-Kalupur Station is slated for opening in August 2019 and will offer enhanced guest experience, including 24-hours room service, international cuisine, valet laundry, conference hall and travel desk.

Located in one of the most iconic trading hubs of the city, Kapasia Bazaar, Sarovar Portico, Kalupur station is conveniently located minutes away from the Ahmedabad railway terminus and fifteen minutes away from the Airport.

Commenting on the development, Anil Madhok, executive chairman, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said We are delighted to expand our presence into western India.

The hotel is located in the historic Kalupur district, the ancient trading hub of Ahmedabad. We foresee increased travel to Gujarat and Ahmedabad and look forward to welcoming patrons to our new hotel there.

Tourism Observer

INDIA: Gorav Arora Appointed General Manager At Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach

Gorav Arora

Gorav Arora has joined Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach as the general manager of the property.

He brings 18 years of hospitality experience to the beach hotel. In his leadership role, he will be responsible for spearheading operations at Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach.

Over the course of his career, Arora has worked with leading international hotel brands like The Hyatt Hotels and The Oberoi Group.

Further, he has also been associated with Accor for the past 9 years.

He was heading the sales and marketing function for Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and Hyderabad International Convention Centre for over 3 years.

Later he was appointed as the resident manager where he was assisting the general manager in ensuring smooth and profitable operations, enhanced guest experience and service excellence.

Tourism Observer