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One of the world's largest hotel franchising company, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, with approximately 9,000 hotels in nearly 95 countries, continues to expand its presence in India with the addition of four new hotels under the Ramada, Howard Johnson by Wyndham, and upscale Wyndham brands in sought-after and culturally-rich destinations such as Jaipur, Varanasi, Mohali, and Udaipur.
The new properties will bring Wyndham's total number of hotels in India to 50, and they are part of the company's ongoing commitment to the sub-Indian continent's growth, with about 30 hotels in the pipeline, eight of which are anticipated to open in 2022 alone.
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Indra, Panos Loupasis, Vice President Development for Middle East, Eurasia & Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts EMEA, said: "One of the fastest growing economies in the world, India brings immense potential for hospitality. These four new openings represent a significant milestone in our continued growth objectives to bring even more accommodation options all across the country. We look forward to continuing our strong growth trajectory here and in the wider Indian sub-continent and making travel possible for all in such a beautiful and diverse region.
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The latest additions in India include:
Wyndham Chandigarh Mohali
Opened in October, this upscale hotel offers 80 guest rooms, three on-site eateries, a full-service spa with a heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, and fitness centre and salon. The property also features a business centre and a wide event space for up to 1,200 guests. Conveniently located within direct access to the city centre and just 11 kilometres from Chandigarh International Airport, the hotel's guests can easily reach the nearby Elante shopping mall and the 11-acre Mohali Golf Range.
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Ramada by Wyndham Varanasi Katesar
Located in Varanasi, regarded as the spiritual capital and with world-renowned architecture, temples, and palaces, the 68-room hotel features a contemporary design and top-class amenities, including a gourmet restaurant and cocktail bar, and a modern spa with a swimming pool and fitness centre. The property opened earlier this month and also features four generously sized meeting rooms and access to Varanasi's business highway.
Ramada by Wyndham Jaipur North
Expected to open in December, the 107-room hotel will be the perfect getaway to experience Jaipur's colourful architecture, impressive City Palace, old bazaars, and Hawa Mahal, offering guests easy access to Jaipur Airport and the modern city centre. The hotel will boast a spa, an outdoor pool, a gourmet restaurant, and a seasonal rooftop overlooking the city. In addition, It will offer ample event space, including four meeting rooms and a theatre, to accommodate over 400 guests.
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Udaipur Roop Nagar
Expected to open by the end of the year, the contemporary, 94-room hotel features a wellness spa facility and a rooftop infinity pool overlooking Udaipur, also known as the "City of Lakes". Ideal for business travellers, the hotel offers an impressive business centre, meeting rooms, and banquet halls measuring more than 3,000 square feet. This amenity-rich hotel is perfectly positioned to explore one of India's most popular cities, with easy access to the World Heritage Site of Udaipur Palace, Lake Pichola, and Fateh Sagar Lake, which boast panoramic views of the Aravalli Mountain Ranges. (IANS/SP)
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With breath-taking architecture, sophisticated hotels, spectacular vistas, and a vast culinary landscape, Dubai certainly never disappoints! Keeping safety at the forefront, Dubai is back with its annual event, the Dubai Food Festival — a city-wide extravaganza that promises the best gastronomical offerings. From luxury dining to homegrown concepts to hidden gems that are light on the pocket, DFF takes you on a lip-smacking journey through diverse cuisines.
Here’s a sneak peek into all that’s happening at the first-ever mega event that is on till April 17:
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Foodcations- the new trend: Clubbing food and holidaying, DFF presents a gourmet getaway! Below are some opulent stays, you can experience while attending the festival.
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights: An interesting fusion of traditional culture and modern sophistication, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights offers splendid views of Dubai Creek and urban cityscape. Get ready to take your staycation a notch up with complimentary breakfasts and a free upgrade to the Deluxe Room. Choose lunch or dinner at La Tabilta — the Mexican restaurant, and also attend a masterclass from the house chef to learn the art of preparing Latin American vegan dishes.
Armani Hotel Dubai: Five-star Armani Hotel offers designer luxury, high-class restaurants and eateries, and a remarkable view of the Dubai Fountain. In your two-night stay here, this DFF, you can dig into a gourmet breakfast, curated three-course menu for lunch, and a Chef’s Table experience with the skilled Chef Giovanni.
The H Hotel: Located at a short distance from the city’s popular landmarks, from the Burj Khalifa to the Dubai Frame, The H Dubai promises its guests an extraordinary gourmet staycation. A free breakfast, Indian-Parsi delicacies with a contemporary touch at Moombai &co., flavourful bites at the award-winning PLAY, and a two-hour class masterclass with the hotel’s pastry chef — so much to do and taste!
Top Foodie Experiences: They say, food is a way to a person’s heart. And DFF will surely sweep your heart away with immersive experiences.
Choix Patisserie and Restaurant: Taking you straight to Paris from Dubai with its delectable premium delicacies is Choix Patisserie, from the world-renowned chef, Pierre Gagnaire — the proud owner of three Michelin stars! Enjoy the best afternoon tea especially curated by Gagnaire himself, along with finger sandwiches, heavenly pastries, and cakes — all things yum and French! Dates: On till April 10, Time: 12-6 p.m.
The Hai High Tea: Revamp traditional tea-time snacks with Spice Route in an extensive three-level menu by famous chocolatiers presented by chocolatiers Mirzam and Asian specialty grocery store, 1004 Gourmet. Experience thrilling new flavors and rare ingredients with this fusion food heaven with a luscious selection of limited-edition drinking chocolates. Dates: April 6-7 and April 9-10, Time: 3 p.m-5 p.m (IANS/SP)
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With the emergence of recovery indicators, the hospitality sector has also witnessed a revival in room night demand in the last quarter of 2020, as compared to the previous quarters of the year, global professional services firm JLL has said in a report.
According to JLL, occupancy levels have grown month-on-month since September 20 to cross 35 percent sector-wide in November 2020 (as per STR or Smith Travel Research data), which is the highest since the beginning of the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020.
The revival of the sector has primarily been driven by leisure ‘revenge travel’ during weekends and the festival season, weddings, and food and beverage demand, the report said.
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Goa, India’s most sought-after leisure market, witnessed considerable growth in recent months achieving a market-wide occupancy level of almost 55 percent on November 20. Luxury and upper-upscale hotels in Goa performed well on November 20, achieving healthy occupancy levels ranging between 60 and 70 percent as compared to occupancy levels in November 2019 that ranged between 65 and 75 percent.
“Domestic business travel is expected to pick-up pace from March-April 2021 onwards, as employees return to workplaces and travel advisories by companies are softened. Additionally, domestic leisure will continue to drive occupancies across the country. F&B demand will continue to grow as eating out will increase albeit cautiously,” said Jaideep Dang, Managing Director, Hotels and Hospitality Group, South Asia, JLL.
With regards to investments in the sector, 2020 started on a good note with two large transactions totaling Rs 547 crore. Despite investment activity being paused since March 20, there are emerging signs of re-valuations and a slow demand revival, improvised cost structures, and reduced profit levels in the next two years. Serious investors are giving prominence to debt service ratios, operating costs, and suppressed demand from corporate travel, conventions, conferences, and exhibition business, JLL said.
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Furthermore, travel restrictions preventing site inspections and poor visibility of future revenue streams have added to timelines of investment sales. Investors are mostly inclined to evaluate operational assets in key markets rather than greenfield developments. This trend is witnessed across India, according to the report.
Investors will likely firm up investment decisions as the performance cycle picks up and fear of missing good deals may drive the investment activity, JLL said adding that in 2021 expectations are that domestic travel will pick up the pace from March-April and onwards.
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Large restaurants in hotels with all necessary health and hygiene protocols could start seeing the benefits from this demand and wedding ceremonies will likely take center stage again providing seasonal impetus to the hospitality sector. Furthermore, repurposing of brownfield hotel assets for alternate uses such as co-living, senior living, and student housing facilities may start happening, subject to demand in specific markets. (IANS)