Globally, the travel, tourism and hospitality industry is one of the largest service industries in terms of revenue generation

and foreign exchange earnings, contributing over 9% to global GDP. It is also one of the largest employment generators in the world. An estimated 235 million people work directly or in related sectors, accounting for more than 8% of global employment. The industry had witnessed a slowdown in 2009 on account of the global financial meltdown. Low business and consumer confidence along with other concerns such as availability of credit, exchange rate fluctuation, H1N1 virus, terrorist attacks, etc aggravated the situation. Nevertheless, the industry witnessed a revival in the last quarter of 2009, largely led by recovery in Asia and the Middle East. India is one of the fastest growing tourism markets in the world today. Various policy measures undertaken by the Government have aided the Indian travel, tourism and hospitality industry¶s growth. Concerted efforts by both the private and public sectors will enable us position India as a global brand to take advantage of the burgeoning global travel trade and the vast untapped potential of India as a major tourist destination. Some of trends covered in this publication include:

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India¶s travel and tourism industry directly and indirectly is expected to account for around 8.6% of the country¶s GDP in 2010. The direct contribution of the travel and tourism industry is expected to be around 3.1% of total GDP. Foreign tourist arrivals in the country in 2009 were adversely impacted by the global economic slowdown and threat of terror attacks. Globally, foreign tourist arrivals declined by 4.2% in 2009. While arrivals in emerging economies declined by less than 3%, arrivals in advanced economies declined by over 5%. Foreign tourist arrivals in India declined by 3.3% in 2009. Domestic tourist movement was at an all-time high of 650 mn during 2009, 15.5% higher as compared to the previous year. This was due to the recovery in the second half of the year and the preference for domestic visits over international visits. Changing lifestyles and higher disposable incomes have resulted in a change in travel preferences. To cater to this shift in travel preferences, travel service providers are innovating in order to offer niche and customised services in India. The Indian hospitality industry was also impacted by the global economic slowdown. Average occupancy rates and average room rates in the hotels declined in FY09. With the global economy showing signs of recovery from the economic slowdown and supported by the surge in domestic tourist movement, occupancy rate in the Indian hotel industry has also shown signs of recovery. The major challenges faced by the travel, tourism and hospitality industry include lack of proper infrastructure, shortage of skilled manpower, regulatory issues and security threats.

The Indian hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key industries driving growth of the services sector in India. It has evolved into an industry that is sensitive to the needs and desires of people. The fortunes of the hospitality industry have always been linked to the prospects of the tourism industry and tourism is the foremost demand driver of the industry. The Indian hospitality industry has recorded healthy growth fuelled by robust inflow of foreign tourists as well as increased tourist movement within the country and it has become one of the leading players in the global industry. Foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) into the country increased steadily from 2002 to 2008. FTAs dipped in 2009, due to the global economic slowdown; however, the impact on the Indian industry was much lower than that on the global counterparts. FTAs are expected to increase in 2010. On the other hand, domestic tourist movement within the country was the highest in 2009. Industry characteristics Major characteristics of the Indian hospitality industry are: High seasonality

The Indian hotel industry normally experiences high demand during October±April, followed which the monsoon months entail low demand. Usually the December and March quarters bring in 60% of the year¶s turnover for India¶s hoteliers. However, this trend is seeing a change over the recent few years. Hotels have introduced various offerings to improve performance (occupancy) during the lean months. These include targeting the conferencing segment and offering lucrative packages during the lean period. Labour intensive Quality of manpower is important in the hospitality industry. The industry provides employment to skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled labour directly and indirectly. In India, the average employee-to-room ratio at 1.6 (2008-09), is much higher than that for hotels across the world. The ratio stands at 1.7 for five-star hotels and at 1.9 and 1.6 for the four-star and three-star categories respectively. Hotel owners in India tend to ³over-spec´ their hotels, leading to higher manpower requirement. With the entry of branded international hotels in the Indian industry across different categories, Indian hotel companies need to become more manpower efficient and reconsider their staffing requirements. Fragmented The Indian hotel industry is highly fragmented with a large number of small and unorganised players accounting for a lion¶s share. The major players in the organised segment include The Taj, Oberoi, ITC Hotels, and East India Hotels. The fragmented nature of the Indian hospitality industry is reflected in the Herfindahl Index of Concentration, which was at 0.062 in FY07. Classification of hotels The Ministry of Tourism has formulated a voluntary scheme for classification of operational hotels into different categories, to provide contemporary standards of facilities and services at hotels. Based on the approval from the Ministry of Tourism, hotels in India can divided into two categories: 1) DoT (Department of Tourism) classified hotels 2) DoT (Department of Tourism) unclassified hotels Classified hotels Hotels are classified based on the number of facilities and services provided by them. Hotels classified under the Ministry of Tourism enjoy different kinds of benefits such as tax incentives, interest subsidies, and import benefits. Due to lengthy and complex processes for such classification, a significant portion of the hotels in India still remain unclassified. The Ministry of Tourism classifies hotels as follows:

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Star category hotels Within this category, hotels are classified as five-star deluxe, five-star, four-star, three-star, two-star and one-star. Heritage hotels These hotels operate from forts, palaces, castles, jungles, river lodges and heritage buildings. The categories within heritage classification include heritage grand, heritage classic and heritage basic. Licensed units Hotels/establishments, which have acquired approval/license from the Ministry of Tourism to provide boarding and lodging facilities and are not classified as heritage or star hotels, fall in this category. These

Hometel. timesharing resorts. Budget hotels are reasonably priced and offer limited luxury and decent services. This segment is highly unorganised and low prices are their unique selling point. ITC Fortune. Growth drivers . and bed and breakfast This segment mainly represents the branded budget hotels in the country. which bridge the gap between expensive luxury hotels and inexpensive lodges across the country. motels and lodges that are spread across the country. and Ibis are some of the popular budget hotels. Ginger Hotels. Increased demand and healthy occupancy have fuelled growth of budget hotels. Unclassified hotels Branded players service apartments. These hotels use various cost control measures to maintain lower average room rates without compromising on service quality. Other smaller players These are small hotels.include government-approved establishments.

. New Zealand. thus having a positive impact on the hospitality industry. at times much higher than that those charged by their counterparts in other parts of the world. Consequently. Emergence of credit culture and easier availability of personal loans have also driven growth in the travel and tourism and hospitality industries in the country. Increased affordability and affinity for leisure travel are driving tourism in India and in turn aiding growth of the hospitality industry. Lured by higher returns experienced by the hotel industry. which include Japan. The middle class population with higher disposable incomes has caused the shift in spending pattern. and Finland Promotion of rural tourism by the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme Elimination of customs duty for import of raw materials. It recorded healthy growth in the past few years. all factors that aid growth in the tourism industry also apply to the hospitality industry. liquor etc Capital subsidy programme for budget hotels Exemption of Fringe Benefit Tax on crèches. The Indian hospitality industry has recorded healthy growth in recent years owing to a number of factors: Increased tourist movement Increased FTAs and tourist movement within the country has aided growth in the hospitality industry. Measures undertaken by the government Various policy measures undertaken by the Ministry of Tourism and tax incentives have also aided growth of the hospitality industry. In addition.7% and 7. leading to a rise in occupancy rate during 2005/06 and 2006/07. Healthy corporate profits and higher disposable incomes with easier access to finance have driven the rise in leisure and business tourism. entered the space. with discretionary purchases forming a substantial part of total consumer spending.4% in FY09 and FY10 respectively. at more than 9% each during FY06-FY08. Economic growth India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. the Indian economy clocked growth of 6. some of them include: y y y y y y y y Allowance of 100% FDI in the hotel industry (including construction of hotels. average rates for hotel rooms also increased in 2006/07. Attractiveness of India has encouraged foreign players to set up their operational facilities in the country. a number of players. Despite the global economic slowdown. especially in major metros. The rise in average rates was also a result of the demand-supply gap for hotel rooms.The fortunes of the hospitality industry are closely linked to the tourism industry and hence tourism is one of the most important growth drivers. Domestic industries have also made heavy investments to expand their facilities through greenfield and brownfield projects. India became one of the most attractive destinations for such investments. Trends in the industry The hospitality industry recorded healthy growth in early-2000. and guest house facilities Five-year income tax holidays for 2-4 star hotels established in specified districts having UNESCOdeclared 'World Heritage Sites'. resorts. Hotels were charging higher rates. and recreational facilities) through the automatic route Introduction of µMedical Visa¶ for tourists coming into the country for medical treatment Issuance of visa-on-arrival for tourists from select countries. Changing consumer dynamics and ease of finance The country has experienced a change in consumption patterns. domestic as well as international. equipment. employee sports.

shortage of manpower. supported by surge in domestic tourist movement. This has led to increase in hotel development activity and expansion of hotel brands within the country. especially in primary cities.500 additional rooms are expected to come up in India in the next five years. and customer retention. creating the need for online marketing. While average rates remained lower. manufacturing facilities and ports across the country provide a good opportunity for budget and mid-market hotels. However. Pune. Several travel portals have emerged in recent times and travelers are increasingly using these portals to make hotel reservations. This would aid the growth of segments such as MICE. The upcoming industrial parks. leading to search for other cities entailing lesser costs. corporates started looking for alternate cost-effective lodging options. travelers prefer to stay at hotels closer to the place of work/visit to save on time. The industry has also seen development of micro markets. Development and use of technology have also changed the way hotel companies operate. Today. hotel companies marketing strategies are differentiation. As real estate prices have been soaring. Blogs. As cities grow larger and more office spaces come up across the city. Hence. consistency. international tourist inflow into the country is expected to rise. customer satisfaction. Opportunities The prospects for the hotel industry in India are bright. as demand declined following the global economic slowdown and the terror attacks in Mumbai. Although around 89. high tax structure. the brand name of the hotel was a major driver.While on the one hand. The hospitality industry reported improvement in 2009-10. security threats. Travelers increasingly conduct basic research on the Internet. Development of other markets A major trend in recent times is the development of the hotel industry in cities other than major metros. hotel rates declined during 2009-10. the supply of branded/quality rooms in India is much lower compared to other countries across the globe. and Jaipur. Consequently. The industry is expected to report healthy growth in 2010/11. with the arrival of well educated and experienced travelers. delivery of brand promises. A decade back. concerns for growth of the industry remain. with domestic tourist movement in the country being at a high. hotel companies have had to change/realign their marketing strategies. Marketing strategies Marketing strategies in the hospitality industry have changed drastically over the past decade. especially in major metros. As a result. occupancy rates rose. This led to emergence of corporate guest houses. there exists huge potential for investors and operators across all the segments of hotel industry in India. setting up and maintaining businesses and hotels in major metros is becoming more expensive. and travel sites are therefore being used for making choices and the information provided tends to influence opinions and choices. and leased apartments as replacements for hotels. and nonuniformity in taxes. Additionally. investments continued to flow into the hotel industry. The increase in room inventories is expected to make the hotel industry more competitive and hotels would be under pressure to maintain quality and service levels at competitive prices. amongst others. . hosting of international sports events and trade fairs and exhibitions in the country are expected to aid both inflow of international tourists and domestic tourist movement. These include high real estate prices in the country. Competitive pricing amongst the branded hotels along with the addition of more budget and mid-market hotels would make the hotel industry cost competitive with other destinations. hotel markets have emerged in cities such as Hyderabad. occupancy rates dropped. With revival in the global economy. with expected increase in domestic tourist movement and rise in international tourist arrivals. This has led to the same hotel company setting up hotels across different location within a city. hit by sharp rise in rates. networking sites. While there is immense potential. Occupancy rates plunged sharply next year. While average room rates rose in 2007/08.

of which the most critical is lack of proper infrastructure. However. in addition. electricity. for the industry to register healthy growth. Aviation infrastructure is also critical since it is a major mode of entry for inbound tourism. issues concerning all the related sectors need to be addressed. Moreover. This remains a major hurdle for development of tourism. many tourist circuits depend on roads. water supply. among others. These include basic amenities such as drinking water. Access and connectivity To harness India¶s tourism potential. Despite numerous efforts to improve road infrastructure. road connectivity. and infrastructure and facilitation systems. However. However. and tourist-specific routes to improve connectivity to various locations across different regions. Hence. well maintained and clean waiting rooms and toilets. India scores poorly in terms of availability of these infrastructure facilities. at the same time. Human resource . surface transport. development of more expressways. The sectors related to the travel and tourism industry include airlines. Inadequate infrastructure facilities affect inbound tourism and also could lead to an increase in the outflow of domestic tourists from India to other competitive neighboring countries. connectivity remains a major problem. Passenger traffic is expected to increase in the coming years. among others. Expansion and development of airports at major gateway cities is underway to cater to the increasing passenger traffic. first aid and wayside amenities (to meet the requirement of the tourists travelling to tourist destinations) such as lounge. and hospitality services at these destinations and the connecting cities are inadequate. Amenities Amenities available at various tourist locations and en route need to be improved. rail. several efforts are being taken for opening new destinations and exploring niche segments. sewerage and telecommunication.Potential for the travel and tourism industry in India is enormous. Roadways form a vital network in the tourist industry with almost 70% tourists in India travelling by road. infrastructure facilities such as air. airport facilities at important secondary cities and tourist destinations also need to be improved to be able to handle greater passenger traffic. Challenges Various challenges/issues faced by the domestic travel and tourism industry in India: y y y y y y y Lack of proper infrastructure Human resources Service levels Lack of adequate marketing and promotion Taxation Security Regulatory issues Lack of proper infrastructure Infrastructure needs for the travel and tourism industry range from physical infrastructure such as ports of entry to modes of transport to urban infrastructure such as access roads. There is a greater need for strengthened road and rail network. cafeteria. accommodation (hotels). and parking facilities. however infrastructure facilities at airports are cause for concern. the industry faces numerous challenges.

they should be able to convey an image of the product to a potential customer. although human resources are adequate. Various taxes are levied across the entire industry right from tour operators. A study conducted by Ministry of Tourism suggests that existing supply of human resources do not cater to even 40% of the demand. dhabas/roadside eateries. tax on aviation turbine fuel (airline industry). airline industry to hotels and these include service tax. Security Security has been a major problem as well for growth of tourism for a number of years. a boom in other service industries such as banking. the industry has no alternative but to fill the void with untrained resources. One such major initiative is the ³Atithi Devo Bhava´ campaign. are emerging in India and these require support to develop and flourish. Marketing and promotion Marketing and promotion of India as a major tourist destination is critical for the industry to achieve its potential. qualified trainers. Terrorist attacks or political unrest in different parts of the country have adversely affected sentiments of foreign tourists. More such efforts are required to improve the degree of service across various operators. adventure tourism. tax on transportation. The industry needs to address these problems at the earliest. Newer tourism concepts. Taxation Travel and tourism in India is a high-taxed industry. Inbound tourism is the one most affected. This is affecting the growth of the industry in India and India is losing out to other low-cost destinations. Marketing under the ³Incredible India´ campaign helped place India as a good tourist destination on the global tourism map. The degree of service offered by these various stakeholders has a significant impact on determining the tourist¶s overall experience of India as a tourist destination. greater marketing push for these different products is required. India needs to change its traditional marketing approach to a more competitive and modern approach.e. skilled or semi-skilled. occupations and experience. to develop a sense of responsibility towards tourists and inspire confidence of foreign tourists in India as a preferred destination.Availability of skilled manpower is a major challenge faced by the travel and tourism industry. one of the largest employment generators in the country. shortage of tourism training infrastructure. retail. Challenges faced at each level are different. Thus. To sustain growth in the travel and tourism industry. taxi/coach operators. supervisory. The government has taken initiatives to promote responsible tourism by sensitising key stakeholders of the tourism industry through training and orientation. and lack of proper strategies and policies for human resource development also affect the industry. and various taxes on transportation. insurgency in different parts of the country also mars India¶s . small hotels. There is a need to develop a unique market position and the brand positioning statement should capture the essence of the country¶s tourism products: i. At mid and senior management levels. transporters. trained manpower/ workforce is required at every level ² managerial. Thus. which makes India expensive as a tourist destination. staff at heritage sites. immigration staff at airports. In addition. The terror attacks raised concerns of safety. Such people include staff at bus/railway station. Hence. among others. we have a demand-supply mismatch with respect to manpower in the travel & tourism and hospitality sector in India.. Attrition. tourists interact with persons from different backgrounds. is a major reason for India lagging behind as a tourist destination. ticketing/ travel agencies. agri tourism or rural tourism. Terror attacks at Mumbai in November 2008 dealt a strong blow to tourism in the country. Lack of adequate budgetary support for promotion and marketing. these tax rates tend to vary across different states in the country. To remain competitive in the fiercely competitive field. compared with competing tourist destinations. Service level In addition to tour operators and hotel staff. Such a high proportion of untrained manpower would adversely affect quality of services offered to the tourists. the industry faces talent crunch and at the front-line staff level. Indian tourism products are promoted primarily by the Ministry of Tourism with the involvement of state governments through the State Tourism Development Corporations. and tour guides. airline and BPO have resulted in shortage of manpower at this level for the travel and tourism industry. which include cruise tourism. luxury tax. In addition.

some of the biggest frauds have been detected in this segment and the issue of online security has assumed significant importance. India holds immense potential in adventure and cruise tourism. Higher disposable income and affordability have increased domestic leisure travel in India. With increasing and consciousness among tourists and given efforts undertaken by the government ecotourism segment is expected to record handsome growth in the coming years. cultural and artistic diversity offers enormous opportunities for the travel and tourism industry. The government recently cleared the long-standing proposal for single window clearance for hotel projects to hasten the process of infrastructure development. and MICE tourism also hold enormous potential. the government needs to take a proactive approach in addressing these issues and in averting the potential impact on the industry. This is a clear indicator that the long-term prospects for the Indian travel and tourism industry are bright. strong efforts need to be made to develop this industry. However. heritage tourism. The industry¶s performance was hit in 2009 due to the global economic slowdown. evident in environment awareness and private players. Following the terror attacks in Mumbai. pilgrimage tourism.image as a safe destination. In addition to cost advantages. Implementation of this proposal would help development of tourism and hospitality infrastructure in the country. terror attacks in Mumbai (November 2008) and H1N1 virus. Other forms of tourism such as agri tourism. India¶s greatest adventure tourism assets are Himalayas and its mighty rivers. Use of Internet in the travel and tourism industry has increased rapidly in recent years and has emerged as one of major segments for online spends. Thus. The industry needs to take measures to make the process of online bookings more secure and transparent and also needs to create awareness regarding this. Prospects Healthy economic growth recorded in past few years. A number of projects in the tourism infrastructure segment and in the hotels industry are delayed due to non-attainment of licenses and approvals on time. The peak period for adventure tourism is the ³lean period´ of cultural tourism. especially in the services industry. India should provide visa on arrival for more countries or for certain categories of tourists for a specific duration. technological advancement. major concerns relating to security of online transactions persist. Regulatory issues For inbound international tourists. However. Opportunities also exist popularity. Eco-tourism is increasing in the development of eco-friendly hotels and tour packages. The cruise industry is one of the most promising industries in India. medical tourism has immense potential in India. security at tourist spots. the in ecotourism. visa procedures are seen as a hindrance. Medical tourism in India has gained considerable popularity in recent years. The industry would also benefit from introduction of new forms of tourism and development of niche segments. Opportunities India¶s size and massive natural. qualified and experienced medical personnel and a blend of modern and traditional medicines. A number of countries competing with India for tourists provide visa on arrival. Cyber crime is another major challenge the travel industry faces. India has a major cost advantage in this field compared with other countries. geographic. Foreign tourist arrivals in India have also grown. There is a greater need for speedier clearances and approvals for all projects related to the industry. and cruise tourism. the industry has shown signs of recovery in the first half of 2010. India is expected to witness increased . The promotion and aggressive marketing measures undertaken by the government is expected to aid influx of tourists. Development of adventure tourism can make India a round-the-year tourist destination. Indian healthcare industry offers state-of-theart equipment. While the online travel industry has registered robust growth. airports and hotels has been beefed up to regain confidence of tourists. has led to increase in business travel. However. However. adventure tourism.

This policy was built around seven key areas: . which includes speedy implementation of tourism projects. special capacity building in the hospitality sector. Tourism Policy 2002 The first major step GoI took towards development of the tourism industry was launch of the ³Tourism Policy´ in 2002.4% to US$ 91. These include formulation of the tourism policy and various initiatives to promote tourism infrastructure development and marketing and promotion activities.412. development of integrated tourism circuits. and new marketing strategies.7 bn) and foreign exchange earnings from tourism increased ~13% to US$ 11.1 bn (` 14. The travel and tourism demand is expected to reach US$ 266. India has been identified as one of the fastest-growing countries in terms of tourism demand. In an attempt to develop tourism in India systematically and to harness full potential of the industry.601.7 bn) by 2019.tourist activity both in the business and leisure segments in the coming years. International inbound traffic is expected to grow rapidly with increasing investment and trade activity. GoI has taken several measures from time to time.7 bn (` 4. The Tourism Policy is based on a multi-pronged approach.39 bn. During 2004± 2009 travel and tourism demand in India increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.

spirituality. taxis and buses and through the print. It is also taking initiatives with other Central Govt. and yoga. on trams. The Atithi Devo Bhavah is a seven point programme of hospitality and training. The campaign was an integrated marketing communication effort to attract tourists to the country. Road shows were organised in important tourist markets overseas with participation of different segments of the travel industry. the Ministry of Tourism and the World Travel & Tourism Council jointly announced the ³Visit India 2009´ scheme. while simultaneously creating brand equity for the trained persons. The components are captured in the table below. The Ministry has launched a scheme for development of nationally and internationally important destinations and circuits through Mega Projects. Road Transport & Highways. The various schemes offered are as follows: Marketing and promotion initiatives Incredible India Campaign To promote India as an ultimate tourist destination on the global tourism map. Civil Aviation. It intends to instill a sense of responsibility towards tourists among the stakeholders of the tourism industry. tourist police and other personnel directly interacting with the tourists. The incentives included one complimentary air passage for a travelling companion. It projected India as an attractive tourist destination by showcasing different aspects of Indian culture. Other promotional initiatives . The scheme which was valid from April to December 2009 and had the support of the hospitality sector. GoI promoted the ³Incredible India´ campaign in the overseas markets. the Ministry of Tourism has been making efforts to develop quality tourism infrastructure at tourist destinations and circuits. tour operators. This campaign included visible branding in the outdoor media such as advertising at airports. Thus. Rural eco-packages and wellness packages were also offered to overseas tourists. online and electronic media as well as via participation in travel marts and road shows. and Food Processing and Urban Development and the concerned state governments ² to achieve convergence and synergy with their programmes. to maximise the impact of investments. history. These include: Infrastructure development Adequate infrastructure facilities are vital for the tourism industry. Visit India 2009 In an attempt to boost the inflow of visitors and tourists after the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008 and to weather the impact of the global economic slowdown.Government initiatives The Ministry of Tourism undertakes various initiatives to promote tourism in the country. guides. immigration officers. Ministries ² Railways. The main components of the campaign are training and orientation of taxi drivers. This concept was designed to complement the ³Incredible India´ campaign. one night complimentary stay in a hotel and complimentary sightseeing tour in a city. in 2002. travel and airline companies. cleanliness and warm hospitality. The campaign was conducted globally and received appreciation from industry persons and travelers. It aims to create awareness about the effects of tourism and sensitise people about our country¶s rich heritage and culture. who offered various incentives and valueadded services during this period. Atithi Devo Bhavah This is another initiative of the Ministry of Tourism to harness the potential of the tourism industry in India.

These include financial assistance to the state governments/union territory administrations for development of adventure tourism destinations and granting of exemption from customs duty on inflatable rafts. UK. In addition. GoI approved the cruise tourism policy in June 2008. The Ministry of Tourism has 14 offices overseas. and China as well as on search portals (Yahoo! and Google). Initiatives undertaken to promote different tourism products Several other initiatives undertaken to promote different tourism products include the following: Rural tourism Rural tourism showcases rural life. The Ministry of Tourism has joined hands with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for capacity building. arranges overseas marketing meets. Cruise tourism To facilitate growth in the cruise tourism sector. The Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance to state governments/union territories for development of tourist infrastructure and promotion of tourism including river cruises. Japan.In addition to the aforementioned marketing and promotional activities. Adventure tourism GoI is taking several measures in this regard. It also generates tourist publications in different foreign languages to promote India as a tourist destination in other countries. the Ministry of Tourism also organises road shows in important tourist markets overseas. Foreign Direct Investment . and fleet expansion by domestic players have created immense incentives for domestic travelers to explore far-off destinations within and outside India. During the ³Visit India 2009´ scheme. startup of various low-cost carriers. With state-of-the-art infrastructure and cruise facilities across various parts of the country. initiatives taken for promoting this include financial assistance to service providers under the Market Development Assistance Scheme and issuance of Medical visas for patients and their attendants coming to India for medical treatment. The objective of the policy is to a make India an attractive cruise tourism destination. Open Sky Policy GoI¶s Open Sky policy. Germany. and participates in major international travel fairs and exhibitions. Italy. GoI has also requested the state governments to promote medical tourism by offering suitable packages of identified hospitals and price banding for specific treatments. Medical tourism Medical tourism has emerged as one of the important segments of the tourism industry. the Ministry of Defence gave permission for opening of 104 additional peaks in Leh area of Jammu & Kashmir for adventure tourism. Around 153 rural tourism projects have been sanctioned in 28 states/union territories including 36 rural sites where UNDP offers support in capacity building. the aim is to attract foreign tourists to cruise shipping in India and popularise the concept of cruise shipping with Indian tourists. snow-skis sail boards and other water sports equipment. culture and heritage at rural locations and interactions with the tourists benefit the local community economically and socially. In July 2009. It also undertakes online promotional activities on Websites in the US. undertakes familiarisation tours under the hospitality programme. around 15 rural tourism sites were selected as rural ecoholiday sites. through which it undertakes these activities. which gives permission to domestic airlines to commence international flights. the thrust is on promotion of village tourism as a primary product to spread tourism and its socio-economic benefits to rural and new geographic regions. The booming aviation business is bringing an ever-increasing number of passengers to India and pulling Indians out of their homes. Under this scheme. The existing scheme for destination development supports the development of infrastructure in rural areas. art. France.

´Rural Tourism is a big source of employment for the rural youth. ³However. Khordha. Archive for the 'Hotels and resorts' Category Swosti group plans resorts in Puri and Satapada and around Chilika lake Hotels and resorts. and leisure. Chairman. restaurants. the Group will become a 120-key hotel chain by the end of 2011. « The Group also plans to go out of Orissa to destinations like Darjeeling. J K Mohanty.hospitalitybizindia. adventure and wild life experience and surface. the Group has launched their first hotel in Cuttack named as Hotel Triple C.´ informed Mohanty. and units providing facilities for cultural. The Group will spend Rs 100 crore for both the properties. PurichittaNo Comments » Following is an excerpt from http://www. and other tourist complexes providing accommodation and/or catering and food facilities to tourists. Swosti Group said. Targeted to corporates as well as high-end Indian and foreign tourists. The tourism industry includes travel agencies. which is Asia¶s largest brackish water lake famous for migratory birds and dolphins. . will have 72 cottages. Satapada and Puri in Orissa. BRM Group. tour operating agencies. 100% FDI is permissible through the automatic route. Khordha. sports. Purichitta2 Comments » Following is an excerpt from a report in Hospitality Biz India. which are likely to come up in next two years. tourist transport operating agencies. The luxury resort in Satapada will have 43 rooms. Here. the term µhotel¶ refers to restaurants. Hotels and resorts. while the Puri hotel will have 40 rooms. these projects will have villas. The hotel in Bhubaneswar will have 35 rooms. The resort will have spa. Goa. The resort near Chilka Lake. « shareshareshareshare BRM Group plans several boutique hotels in Odisha Cuttack. will have 106-rooms (including eight suites). ENTREPRENEURSHIP.In the hotel and tourism industry. entertainment activities. Eminent consultants and architects are involved in planning and designing of these projects. Recently. cruising service along with convention facilities. « All the resorts are expected to be operational within the next 30 months.com/detailNews. Bhubaneswar-based BRM Group plans to open more boutique hotels in Orissa including Bhubaneswar and Puri. amusement. Looking at the potential of Rural Tourism. spas. in future. health and convention/seminar units. Speaking with Hospitality Biz. gymnasium. conference facilities and a landscape spread across nine acres of land. Swosti Group currently operates Hotel Swosti and Swosti Premium in Bhubaneswar and Swosti Palm Resort in Gopalpur-on²sea (Ganjam district). we are awaiting an approval from the Coastal Regulatory Zone authorities for the Puri property. According to Dr Biswajit Mohanty. which is likely to come up in Puri.µ Swosti Chandan Spa Retreat. which are scheduled to open by the end of this year. Chairman. Swosti Group plans to open resorts in rural areas around Chilka Lake. entertainment. health club. air and water transport facilities. beach resorts.aspx?aid=9394&sid=1.

Hotels and resorts.Puri. Paradip .Cuttack.µ Sen said.Jatadhari . In the higher education sector. Puri. etc. KhordhachittaNo Comments » Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph. Hotels and resorts. A city/town/community that may want such a knowledge city which. including land cost that may be between Rs 15 crore and Rs 35 crore depending on location.Cuttack. Khordha. Chilka and Jharsuguda.Puri. ´Our negotiations with the Orissa government for the Bhubaneswar project are at an advanced stage. would include multiple universities could offer help in the land part. Silicon University of the Silicon Valley Group has proposed to set up its campus in the state at a cost of Rs 300 crore. Textileschitta2 Comments » Update: Following are excerpts from a report in Business Standard. Khordha. Astha International Limited. Land could become an issue with respect to the proposed knowledge city. Ganjam. according to a senior official of the company. Astha city near Berhampur. would invest Rs 5000 crore on a slew of business ventures in Orissa by the end of 2012. Bhubaneswar. shareshareshareshare Gokul Agrawal of CTC Education Pvt Ltd intends to invest Rs 6000 crore over five years in developing a 1000-acre knowledge city Bhubaneswar. Peerless Hotels is looking for land to set up four-star facilities in Bhubaneswar. Berhampur. Hotels and resorts. Jharsugurha.Chhatrapur. Hotel in Puri. Investments would also be pouring in for the state·s hospitality sector with the US-based Best Western Hotel lining up a Rs 100-crore investment plan for setting up a chain of properties at Bhubaneswar. Jharsugurha. one of India·s leading direct selling companies based out of Surat (Gujarat). « ´The setting up of a four-star hotel with 80-100 rooms entails an investment of between Rs 75 crore and Rs 95 crore.BrajarajnagarBelpahar. . shareshareshareshare Astha International of Gujarat has several plans for Odisha: Textile mill near Bhubaneswar.Puri. the construction of the 80-room hotel will start in another one year.µ Peerless Hotels chief executive officer Kunal Sen said. Jagatsinghpur.shareshareshareshare Peerless plans a 4 star hotel in Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar. and if we get the land that we have chosen. Noida and Navi Mumbai.Gopalpur.Kujanga. I am told.Cuttack. Paradip. Topping the lists of the prospective investors is Gokul Agrawal of CTC Education Pvt Ltd who intends to invest Rs 6000 crore over five years in developing a 1000-acre knowledge city. Ganjam. Sambalpur-Burla-Jharsugudachitta1 Comment » Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard. Food processing. They should of course first investigate if the group really has that much money and if their plan is for real.

´We have already got the license of the Reserve Bank of India for starting banking operations and our bank will commence operations from 2011-12µ.5 lakh odd distributors across the country. All these projects are expected to be commissioned by the end of 2012. Sites in and around Bhubaneswarchitta1 Comment » Following is an excerpt from a report in hospitalitybizindia. Astha International. The website of this company is http://www. which are located near the Chilka Lake.000 products in 26 different segments. Following is from Samaja. In that site they mention anAstha city in Gujarat. 1.in/. Out of 4. a star hotel in Puri and a textile mill in Bhubaneswar. which has more than 10.asthainternational.com. Chilika.5 lakh are based out of Orissa. near the Sun Temple in Konark. Chauhan claimed. shareshareshareshare Kamat Hotels India Ltd (KHIL) redeveloping properties in Puri.Khordha. Kamat Hotels India Ltd (KHIL) which owns and operates hotels brands like The Orchid. clocked a revenue of Rs 300 crore in the last fiscal. . Astha International which has operations in 12 states of the country. will be made on developing an integrated township project called ¶Astha City· near Berhampur. The company has opened an office in the city and this would serve as the zonal office for the states of Orissa. Astha International would set up a dairy production unit. all these projects will generate direct employment for over 10. Together. Circuit: Bhubaneswar-Chilika-Puri.5 lakh distributors of the company. Food joints. Konark.The investment which is to be raised through a mix of debt and internal accruals as well as from its 4. Puri. Besides. Lotus Resorts and Gadh Hotels « has acquired the heritage palace ¶Mahodadhi Niwas· in Puri and also the Eco Resort at Ramchandi. VITS. Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. "« The company would first begin with the integrated township project for which it has already identified around 200 acres of land near Berhampur. in addition to the Parikud Palace and Rambha Palace.µ The company is betting big on the Orissa market which currently accounts for about 50 per cent of its overall revenues. Puri. also plans to float a bank called Astha Bank by 2011-12. Andhra Pradesh.000 people in the state. a multiplex and a hyper mall in the city. Hotels and resorts. Konark and Chilika Bhubaneswar-Puri.

one about Radisson and another about a maize processing complex. Khordha. We have already acquired three palaces from OTDC on a long-term lease and their restoration work is currently in progress.Of the three heritage properties acquired by KHIL. Mahodadhi Niwas opened for business on November 28. a real estate developer. KHIL has also undertaken cleaning and conservation task of Chilka Lake. Food processing. « KHIL intends to strengthen the portfolio of its heritage brand ² ¶Gadh Hotels· in the state. Maize processing complex proposed for Nabarangpur Bhubaneswar. Hotels and resorts. « LMJ International is likely to start the unit as early as December this year. subject to approvals by the authorities. 2009.000 rooms of three-star category hotels in Bhubaneswar. the leading upscale full service five-star hotel brand which will put Bhubaneswar on the global map of five star luxuries. The Chief Executive Officer of the company made the proposal at a meeting in Bhubaneswar « which was convened as a follow-up to the meeting of Agri Business Summit Agro Protech 2009 held in Kolkata « shareshareshareshare . Tourist activity mostly centred in Bhubaneswar. on the Bhubaneswar-Puri highway. KHIL is presently involved in restoring Parikud and Rambha Palaces. Kolkata-based Four Star Export House LMJ International Ltd and National Niryat Award winner in 2009 having Rs 2. « An exclusive port for export of processed fruits and vegetables has also been proposed by the company. KRPL has recently commissioned four company-owned outlets in Orissa. which operates the ¶Vithal Kamat· chain of vegetarian quickservice restaurants is also making inroads in to Orissa.000 crore of agri export during 2008 has proposed to set up a maize processing complex in Nabarangpur district. In the first phase. shareshareshareshare Assotech to bring Radisson hotel to Bhubaneswar. Puri and Konark.000 rooms of five-star category hotel and 4. bring Radisson Hotels to Bhubaneswar. It is estimated that there is a current demand of around 1. KHIL·s F&B arm Kamat Restaurants Pvt Ltd (KRPL). coupled with corporate houses and MNCs making a beeline to Odisha has made Assotech Group. NabarangpurchittaNo Comments » Following are two excerpts from reports in Pioneer. which will be commissioned in a phased manner in 2010.µ As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity.Cuttack.Puri. Mahodadhi offers 12 rooms and an additional 60 are expected to be developed over the next phase.

Presently. including one close to the airport for setting up a four-star business hotel. Hotels and resorts. Upcoming properties will be set up at greenfield locations and will be entirely managed and operated under the KHIL banner. Apart from Bhubaneswar. The Coimbatore and Raipur properties are expected to come up with about 200 and 120 rooms. For KHIL·s premium brand. Raipur and Konark.com. we plan to tap emerging markets for potential locations. KHIL will develop a 30 room all-suite hotel in Konark. Vipulchitta1 Comment » Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard. plans to invest Rs 80-100 crore in setting up a four-star business hotel in Bhubaneswar . West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.Puri.µ clarifies Kamat. PurichittaNo Comments » Following is an excerpt from a report in hospitalitybizindia. ´We have identified two to three plots of land in Bhubaneswar. Director. Kamat Hotels India Ltd (KHIL) is in the process of developing 600 additional rooms under ¶The Orchid· brand across India. one of the leading real estate developers in the country. KHIL will not operate simply as a hotel management entity in the market. Punit Beriwala. which presently manages a few Orchid hotels in New Delhi. He declined to comment on the time-frame of setting up of the business hotel as the details were yet to be worked out. Konark.Cuttack. Gurgaon-based real estate firm Vipul Limited. Orissa and a 100 room hotel in Nagpur. shareshareshareshare Orchid brand hotel coming up in Konark Bhubaneswar. Khordha.Cuttack. " The proposed hotel would come up on an area of 2-3 acresµ. properties are under development in Nagpur. these business hotels are set to come up in the states of Punjab. shareshareshareshare Mayfair Hotel group·s expansion plans Hotels and resortschittaNo Comments » .µ says Vishal Kamat.Puri. Vipul Limited had identified Bhubaneswar as one of the 5-6 strategic locations in the country where it intends to set up three-star and four-star business hotels. respectively. Unlike Concept Hospitality Ltd (CHL). Hotels and resorts. Vipul Limited told Business Standard. Each of these business hotels would cost Rs 80-100 crore. ´KHIL has always positioned The Orchid as a business hotel and we are keen that we develop and manage hotels under this brand to maintain its exclusivity in the market. KHIL to Hospitality Biz. managing director. ´The Orchid brand will continue to grow through tier I and II locations across India. Coimbatore.Vipul plans to invest 80-100 crores for a 4-star hotel in Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar. Kollam and Jalandhar.

with 40 rooms. The land acquisition for the Paradeep and Jharsuguda property will be taken up in 2011 and the entire process of expansion will be completed by June 2011. The remaining funds will be mobilised in the form of internal accruals. Meanwhile. has picked up 19. shareshareshareshare IMRS plans boutique hotel in Orissa Hotels and resortschitta1 Comment » Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard. Puri. it hopes to achieve a turnover of Rs 60 crore in 2008-09 with expected net profit of Rs13 crore. We have 100 per cent occupancy in our Bhubaneswar. the company plans to hit the capital market with an initial public offer (IPO) in about 24 to 36 months after utilisation of the proceeds of the 19. Despite the slowdown. Cuttack and Chilika.33. Since land for these projects are available. Similarly. The timing of the IPO will depend on the market condition. ´Nowhere the slowdown has impacted our business. Post-expansion.33. The company will set up five ·boutique hotels· in the eastern region.000 shares previously. the company has forayed into western India tourist circuit through acquisition of of an existing 32room hotel at Betul Beach in Goa. Post-deal.7 per cent equity in Orissa-based Mayfair Hotels and Resorts (MHRL) through a private equity (PE) deal. This unit will be operational by September 2009 after refurbishment and upgradation to a 5-star boutique at an investment of about Rs 25 crore. Cuttack and Puri properties are expected to be operational by June 2010. developed by a subsidiary. « As a result. While the company intends to raise about Rs 124-150 crore from the proposed IPO. Rourkela and Darjeeling by adding 52 rooms with additional facilities. The company achieved a turnover of Rs 48. It intends to add three properties at Puri (second unit).333 shares from 1. the borrowing component is likely to be about Rs 65 to 75 crore. Puri and Rourkela property.27 crore.52. the largest bank in the country. which will add 134 rooms to the inventory.Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard. is expected to be commissioned by March 2009. MHRL has been achieving an annual growth of 22 per cent for the past four years and has completed the expansion of its four operative properties at Bhubaneswar.5 crore in 2007-08 with a net profit of Rs 9. the promoters· share will be 80 per cent.00. . He said. Chilika property is expected to be operational by September 2010.333 shares with a face value of Rs 10 each. IMRS Hospitality Private Limited will spend approximately Rs 100 crore as a part of its expansion strategy to consolidate its position in the eastern region. sources added. « Dilip Ray. MHRL will have an inventory of 600 rooms spread over 12 properties in ten locations. The group is in the process of executing a Rs 260-crore expansion plan. The deal was for 37. offering facilities equivalent to a four star hotel. said.7 percent equity issued to SBI. the subscribed equity base of the company has increased to 1.µ Ray added.89. sources said. The State Bank of India (SBI). The new 5-star deluxe property of Mayfair Gangtok. chairman and the managing director of MHRL.

this has resulted in many hospitality giants commissioning projects in the state capital. therefore. Bhubaneswar-Puri.µ Swosti Group is also interested in presenting Buddhist tourism to this segment. ´Our Puri property was earlier designed with 70 rooms. which has not been named as yet. The resorts will be equipped with bigger lawns and additional private areas as the segment does not appreciate external disturbance from other guests. it wishes to atleast begin catering to some chartered tourists. Hence. Orissa will undergo a number of redesigning and renovation processes as they target chartered segments (in large numbers). Tourist promotionchitta1 Comment » Following is an excerpt from a report in hospitalitybizindia. General Manager. Swosti Group. shareshareshareshare Swosti Hotel group·s plan for Puri and Chilika Beaches. The Chilka property will upgrade rapidly if it did well with the mentioned segment. other places in the state.µ informed Patnaik. especially Puri and Chilka. ´We have experienced a sudden influx of MICE travellers in Bhubaneswar. both properties will take another few months to start. "We are looking at coming up with boutique hotels with 40 rooms in the eastern region with similar facilities that match the four star hotels. the segment·s favourite Indian destinations like Goa and Kerala are exceeding their carrying capacity. told Hospitalitybiz. Bhubaneswar-Berhampur. since both properties were initially designed for individual and MICE segments. shareshareshareshare Hoteliers selected for the Shamuka beach project . but the inventory has been hiked to 100 rooms in favour of hosting chartered groups. in a new light.Ganjam. while it will be somewhat experimental with chartered tourists. The Chilka property. Patnaik said that both properties will highlight their swimming pool as it is the biggest attraction for the chartered segment. and is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2009-10.Arindam Chokroborty. Slated to start operations in October 2008.µ The number of chartered flights to Puri is increasing from 180 to 250. director of IMRS said. About this sudden change in plans.Rs 25 crore each. Puri·s Swosti Chandan Spa Resort and the company·s upcoming resort at Chilka. will be ideal to host chartered segments. Moreover. Puri. He added that even though the company will lose out on most of the season." The projects have been lined up for West Bengal. Hotels and resorts. Jharkhand and Orissa and the approximate investment incurred will be around Rs 20. Swosti Group is redesigning two of its upcoming resorts according to chartered tourist requirements. instead of regular tourists. S Patnaik. Khordha. chartered operators are now looking for other options.µ informed Patnaik. Puri. Swosti Group is already in talks with leading chartered tour operators in India. ´We are working on the properties· sloping structures and the proximity of the pools and beaches from the resorts. We have already started acquiring land in Rajarhat. Chilika. On the other changes in terms of architect and design. Similarly. ´The season for this segment (to visit India) is from October ² March 2008. who have exhibited an interest in the suggested places and upcoming properties. will offer 50 cottages to start with. « We are inclining our properties towards chartered tourists as we will be able to provide them with the peace and serenity that they seek. Circuit: Bhubaneswar-Chilika-Puri.com.µ added Patnaik.

Sasank Rath. Goa-based VM Salgaonkar Bros Pvt Ltd.Bhubaneswar. Dubai-based Emaar MGF. « Adrian Zecha. Unitech. A team of this Singapore-headquartered hotel chain today visited three possible locations between Pipili and Konark for setting up a resort in the state. Puri. Aman Resorts. Orissa Tourism said that the work for sizing of the lands is currently going on. Tourist promotionchitta1 Comment » Following is from a report in hospitalitybizindia. Positioned as a high ended hotel in the 7 star category. condominiums. Sites in and around Bhubaneswar. Puri. shareshareshareshare Aman resorts scouting for land to set up a resort in Orissa Hotels and resorts. It visited locations like Khelar (near Pipili). shareshareshareshare . They have sought about 45-50 acres in the rural sorroundings nearing Konark for their proposed resort project. the group is looking for the rural hinterland having natural ambience. PurichittaNo Comments » Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard. it is expected to attract high spending tourist to the state from foreign countries. Kolkata-based Shristi Infrastructure Development Corporation and Mumbai-based Subha Hospitality have been selected by the Tourism Department of Orissa to convert Samukha Beach. chairman of the group accompanied by the leading architect Karan Grover met the Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Tourism Minister Devi Prasad Misra. golf courses. convention centres. ITC Welcomgroup. The Tourism Department inaugurated the commencement of the awaited hop-on and hop-off bus services. DLF. the internationally acclaimed chain of luxury hotels has decided to invest in Orissa. Sarada (near Nimapada). Officer on Special Duty. « Sources said.Shamuka Beach project. IHHR Hospitality. Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels. recently. Hotels and resorts. It will also include special varieties of housing estates. Delhi-based Zoom Developers. Circuit: Bhubaneswar-Chilika-Puri. Eleven hospitality majors like the Indian Hotels Company. social housings. into the biggest beach city of India. The project was planned to be completed in two phases on a public private partnership (PPP) format in October 2007. The State Government will invest Rs100 Crore for infrastructure development. the exact location has not been finalised. the long virgin beach situated near the Konark Temple. handicrafts centres.Puri. Work on the project is expected to start in August 2008 and it will take another 42 months for it to be completed. while lands will be disbursed by the end of August 2008. art centres and conventions halls. Beruhan (near Konark). The beach city will house five-star properties. The Tourism Department plans to invest Rs 2000-3000 Crore to build the whole project. However.Cuttack. budget hotels and villas.

The ambitious budget hotel plan will yield good revenue to railways. Allahabad. Udaipur.Rail budget hotels in Puri and Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar. The Triumph Residency. « According to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) director Vinod Asthana. IRCTC MD Nalin Singhale said the proposed budget hotels will be built and developed on public-private partnership basis with a view to promoting tourism and providing full comfort to tourists. Mysore. has finally got a nod from the Railway Board. Darjeeling. The renovation process. the budget hotel project is likely to yield about Rs 4. Pune. Ujjain. Khordha. The ambitious plan of railways to set up about 100 budget hotels across the country. shareshareshareshare OSL·s hotel plans for Bhubaneswar and Puri Bhubaneswar. Tenders have been finalised and awarded to successful bidders at 20 locations at the country level. Hospitality Division plans to update its Bhubaneswar property. Kanyakumari. to keep pace with the growing competition.com. Purichitta1 Comment » Following is an excerpt from a report in hospitalitybizindia. Shimla. IRCTC proposes to provide its own quality catering services in these budget hotels. IRCTC has already formulated policies with regard to budget hotels.Puri. rooms and public areas (lobby. Twenty-two of these budget hotels are to be built in the first phase of work which is likely to be taken up soon. he said. it has been decided to commercially exploit the vacant land of railways across the country. Mumbai. Chandigarh.Cuttack.000 and Rs 2. . Puri. Jaipur. sources said. each budget hotel is to be developed on the pattern of plush hotels equipped with all modern facilities. Lucknow. he said « « According to sources. Orissa Stevedores Limited (OSL). Ajmer. RailwayschittaNo Comments » Following is an excerpt from a report in Times of India.000 for each plush room of such hotels per night. Amritsar. Varanasi. Bhubaneswar. which will last for a period of seven to eight months. Railways are likely to fix Rs 1. Puri. Triumph Residency will go through a complete makeover in terms of interiors. Hotels and resorts. a Railway Board official said. IRCTC has already selected important places where these budget hotels are to be built. These places are Delhi. is due to take off in midApril 2008. bar and restaurants) as well as in terms of the power backup. These hotels will be built on thousands of hectares of the vacant land leased out by the Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA).Cuttack. Railways have roped in reputed companies of the country to invest in such an ambitious project.Puri. Khordha.000 crore annually to railways on its completion. IRCTC will go ahead with the plan as approved for the first phase of work. Hotels and resorts. Ooty. As per the approved plan. Nagpur and Agra. Sealdah. « Sources said Railway Board is yet to approve the tariff for each room of the proposed budget hotels. popularly known as Rail Ratna.

Speaking to Hospitality Biz. Triumph Residency plans to add seven more rooms. "Acquiring quality staff poses as the greatest problem. On the Kolkata project. The group is yet to decide on the affiliations of the Bhubaneswar and Puri properties (from CIS or Radisson)." . The group is coming up with a 40-room property in Puri. «" OSL is also associated with the first state-of-the-art 50 room hotel in Puri.com. Orissa Stevados Ltd (OSL) [? http://www. under the brand names Country Inn & Suites (CIS) and Radisson. We have already bought the land. Puri. The 80 room property in Bhubaneswar and 75 room Gopalpur property are slated to start in 2010. the group is now taking up projects in Kolkata. Occupancy is expected to shoot up by at least 30-40 per cent. we plan to target the high-end business travellers. Kolkata by the end of 2009. « The property. most of our properties have been classified as four star properties despite having all the possible facilities. Alongside this. along with a doubling of ARR. shareshareshareshare OSL hotels in Orissa Hotels and resortschittaNo Comments » Following is an excerpt from travelbizmonitor. The hospitality scenario is changing fast with adequate support from the ministry. After its five star properties in Paradeep. is slated to be operational by the end of 2008. Dinesh Kumar.orissastevedores. With this revamp. which has led to an increase in the meetings and conferences held in the city. We intend to make this 150-key five star property the best in eastern India. Ginger Hotels and Hotel Hindustan International are also coming up with hotels in the city with an inventory of 100 rooms. comments. which is under construction currently. OSL also plans to build a high-end flagship property at Chandaka. Moreover. This is because they do not meet the requisite number of rooms for a five star rating. Two five star hotels will be accommodated here in the same complex. Sarovar Group of Hotels and Best Western Group of Hotels are coming up with their properties. OSL. Rai Choudhury says. The hotel will be operational during the renovation period. On the projects in Orissa.com/] plans to bring more hotels into Eastern India. informs Kumar. We foresee ourselves to be at par with properties like Mayfair and Trident. as the existing properties like Swosti Plaza and Mayfair are in the process of adding their room inventories. Gopalpur and Guwahati. Over the past couple of years. Also under consideration at OSL is the possibility to create its own hospitality brand or to rope in any international hospitality major to brand all of its properties. Kumar said. "A twin property is coming up at Rajarhat. Sales and Marketing. the influx of business travellers to Bhubaneswar has gone up to 100 per cent due to various reasons like industrial congestion and high Average Rooms Rates (ARR) in the metros . Bhubaneswar has become well connected lately. On the challenges faced. OSL. Bhubaneswar. Suvodip Rai Choudhury. Choudhury claims that the company is getting far better responses in this state. a place in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. Kumar added. hospitality majors like Radisson. The competition has also shot high. which is expected to be operational by 2009. Manager. General Manager. said. « OSL employs Country Development Management Service (CDMS) for both operational and management purposes in these properties. Hospitality Division. Bhubaneswar and Orissa.

has signed a memorandum of understanding with leading operator Sarovar Hotels and Resorts to open five new hotels. The hospitality company currently manages 35 hotels across the country under the brands Sarovar Premiere. ´Out of the five sites being identified jointly. shareshareshareshare IRCTC tour packages from Orissa . Following is an excerpt from a news report in dnaindia. we will be working together with the realty partners in identifying more locations. Sarovar Hotels and Resorts told DNA Money that a number of these hotel projects will also have retailing component. Sarovar Portico and Hometel. OtherschittaNo Comments » Update on March 25 2009: Pioneer reports: The Sarovar Hotels and Resorts announced the signing of a hotel in the 4-5-star category at the Sarovar Premiere here. the Mohali property will be a Sarovar Portico and the one in Siliguri will be branded as Park Inn. ´With the increase in the number of business and leisure travellers in the city.Cuttack. besides Park Plaza and Park Inn.µ The hotel will have five star services. hotel·s managing director Anil Madhok said. The upcoming hotels in Amritsar. while Sarovar will provide technical assistance right from inception to completion besides managing and marketing the hotel operations. All the current and future projects will be operated and managed under Sarovar·s bouquet of brands. banqueting and conferencing facilities. Bhubaneswar and Raipur will be branded under Sarovar Premiere. One of the pioneers in the Indian mid-market hospitality segment. Commenting on the signing.Puri. executive director. The hotel with 150 guest rooms and all modern services and facilities will be located at Nayapalli. Vipul Hospitality will invest and own the hotels. we are pleased to offer accommodation of international quality for them. at least four will be mall-o-tels. Vipul Hospitality.com. The overall investment in the initial five projects is estimated at over Rs 500 crore. which are operated under master franchise pact with Carlson Hospitality for India. Hotels and resorts. multiple dining options. Going forward. The company·s hotels division. Each hotel will have a room inventory of 100-150 rooms in addition to food and beverage. Gurgaon-based Vipul Infrastructure Group is set to board the hospitality train. Khordha. Ajay K Bakaya.shareshareshareshare Sarovar Premiere 4-5 star hotel to come up in Bhubaneswar: Vipul infrastructure to build it Bhubaneswar. extensive meeting and banquet areas as well as a health club and spa. Sarovar Hotels has grown rapidly since its first hotel opened in 1994. to start with.µ said Bakaya.

Puri. according to official sources. the regional office of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has rolled out well-knit packages for pilgrims and holiday-makers for the first time to major tourist places in the country. having received nod from the State Government. Puri and Visakhapatnam are awaiting the Railway Board s clearance. Wi-fichittaNo Comments » New Indian Express reports on this.Bhubaneswar. The cost per adult has been fixed at Rs 11. The third package called Southern Splendours I and II covering places like Bangalore. The packages include a week-long tour to North covering New Delhi. near the proposed project site of IRCTC.800. It is also contemplating to offer customised packages. Ooty and Hassan among others would cost between Rs 10. plans for the budget hotels in Cuttack. Chilika. The corporation has identified a patch of 500 acres required to set up the resort to which the State Government has agreed. Similarly. Hotels and resorts. Giving safety and passenger comfort the utmost priority. IRCTC would also offer travel plans to Madurai . Optimum return of the money spent would be the USP of the plans. shareshareshareshare Wi-fi in Hotel Crown. Holiday Resort and Marrion had procured land to set up hotels. Nonetheless IRCTC has left no room for complaints. Earlier local hospitality groups like Mayfair. It will come up in front of the Railway station. do not include ghat sections. has been priced at Rs 17. Rameswaram and Kanyakumari.Cuttack. IRCTC s budget hotel project in Bhubaneswar would start soon. Mysore. Gangtok and Peling are also on the cards. IRCTC has also acquired about five acres at Bhabakundaleswar near Satapada at Chilika Lake for a similar project. Likewise. taking travellers to all known places. Haridwar and Risikesh. Mohanty said. « The new packages.Puri. however. shareshareshareshare Railways and others plan hotels and resorts in Chilika Chilika. Hotels and resorts. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has decided to open a hotel at the river mouth at Chilika Lake. RailwayschittaNo Comments » Following is an excerpt from a news report in New Indian Express. The river mouth of .050. tour packages to Darjelling . They include expenses like on and off board catering. Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar. board and travelling.650. Hotels and resortschittaNo Comments » Following is an excerpt from a Pioneer report. he said. We have even posted a manager who would look into the wellbeing of the people round the clock.Cuttack. In the ensuing months. Meanwhile. Jammu.250 and Rs 10. the explore Rajasthan tour package.

Underground. It has a dedicated ´kebab centreµ called ´Kebaabs Unlimitedµ. The star hotel which promises to provide quality services is looking to tap the ever-growing business class travellers from across India and abroad. HHI Bhubaneswar is the group·s third unit « Jaiswal said that the group was planning a beach resort at Puri and is in talks with the Orissa Government for this. a party floor. ´The Lounge Barµ besides business centre facility. banquet. official sources said.000 sq km in Puri. Khordha. which attracts huge number of tourists and also birds. Hotels and resorts.Puri. dedicated swimming pool and a lawn over a sprawling 11. INVESTMENTS and INVESTMENT PLANS. at Kharvela Nagar where once another such property stood. will soon add to the charm. shareshareshareshare ITC plans foodparks and luxury hotels in Orissa Food processing.Chilika Lake is situated in Babhukundeswar in Puri district. ITCchitta1 Comment » Following is an excerpt from a report in Economic Times: ITC group on Tuesday expressed keen interest in making investments for setting up luxury hotels and food parks in Orissa. The proposed food parks would have facilities for setting up of processing units. Hotel Hindustan International Group announced its arrival in the city with HHI Bhubaneswar having 104 luxury rooms in four different categories. The hotel. has seen an investment of Rs 50 crore and boasts of a total makeover. PurichittaNo Comments » Following is an excerpt from a New Indian Express report on this. shareshareshareshare . the sources said. Chilika is spread over a area of 11. For a start. each room will have plasma TVs.000 sq ft. Notably.Cuttack. sources said. This was conveyed to the state government during a meeting ITC vice president Nazib Arif had with chief minister Naveen Patnaik here. Wi-Fi connectivity and toilets with four compartments besides other amenities. Khurda and Ganjam district and is India·s largest lake . a spa. Hotels and resorts. shareshareshareshare Archive for the 'Hotels and resorts' Category HHI Hotel in Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar. adding Patnaik promised necessary cooperation for the proposed ventures. a 24-hour multi-cuisine restaurant ´Flavoursµ.

Paradip . as well as Jharsuguda and Angul have generated interest from the hospitality industry in recent times ² especially budget hotels and business hotels.Kalinganagar. shareshareshareshare Shamuka beach high end luxury tourism project in Puri with multiple 5 star hotels. It is a natural island and is being developed by the name Shamuka Beach project. Anugul. Divulging further details about the project. the master licensee . and the rest target high spending tourists or corporates. ITC-Welcomgroup. Jajpur Rd. and Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific have all shown interest. TOURISM. Plans are also afoot to come up with a Ginger hotel in industrial towns like Jharsuguda. Anugul.DuburiKalinganagar. Angul and Kalinganagar Angul." "Although we have 934 hotels in Orissa and 2000 rooms. other hotel projects Angul. Beaches. The company entered into the State in September last year with the launch of Ginger in the city. Hotels and resorts." says Devi Prasad Mishra. The third stage will be to establish a golf course and convention center. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Cabana Group. We had advertised and the response has been overwhelming. Talcher. tourism minister.Kujanga. Jajpur. Chief executive officer of Roots Corporation. within 1-2 years. Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific plans to open its Radisson Hotels & Resorts in Chilika. We can allot land to approximately 20 national and international hotel brands.Cuttack. the majority cater to primarily low spending groups. they have already acquired one acre of land each in both these towns and would start construction in the next two months. dedicated and up market tourism project. Kalinganagar. we will have more quality rooms. Orissa. Angul and Kalinga Nagar in the next couple of years. We have got responses from leading players in the country as well as abroad.Nalconagar.Talcher . The Oberoi Group. Jagatsinghpur.Vyasanagar.Nalconagar.Belpahar. Jajpur. with only 5-star hotels.Saranga. Shamuka Beach in Orissa near Puri is being developed as a high-end luxury tourism destination by the Orissa Tourism Development Corporation. The department has acquired a 1000 acre property south of Puri. Marriott International. "It is going to be one of India·s best integrated.com. Puri. Roots Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Group and manages the Ginger chain of hotels. This will raise the value of Orissa as a leisure destination. Jharsugurha.Duburi. Paradip .BrajarajnagarBelpahar. With this initiative. Orissa Tourism. as well as industrial growth centers like Paradeep. Samukha Beach and Puri.Jatadhari .Brajarajnagar. The no-frills brand of The Indian Hotels Company. Jharsugurha. Asit K Tripathi.Kujanga. and is in the process of acquiring 2000 acres more. Puri and Bhubaneswar.Jatadhari .Puri. Bhubaneswar. Prabhat Pani said. secretary. Jharsugurha. ENTERTAINMENT and SHOPPING. Casino Group of Hotels Earth (CGH Earth).Talcher . Island tourism. PurichittaNo Comments » Following are excerpts from a New Indian Express report on this. Apeejay Surrendra Group. Following is an excerpt on this from Expresshospitality. IHHR·s Ananda Spa. Ginger Hotels opened their first hotel in Bhubaneshwar. the DLF-Hilton combine. Hotels and resorts. Jagatsinghpur.Jharsugurha.Vyasanagar. Websites of InterestchittaNo Comments » Update: The Orissa government·s tourism web page has additional information on the Shamuka beach project. We are coming out with a blue print to develop infrastructure.Saranga. says. Jajpur Rd.Tata Ginger hotels in Paradeep and Konark in 2008. future plans for Jharsuguda. Tata s budget hotel chain Ginger is expected to open doors to foodies in Paradip and Konark by the end of 2008.

of the world-renowned chain of hotels ² Best Western International from California is setting-up an international standard culinary college cum 5-star property in Bhubaneswar. Hotels and resortschittaNo Comments » This is reported in many papers. Already.Puri. (Thanks to Manoj Padhi for the pointer.Puri.com reports on hotel groups interested in Orissa Hotels and resortschittaNo Comments » Odisha. and is eyeing Puri to develop the brand.Cuttack. Puri. Mumbai and Kolkata. shareshareshareshare Dawnay Day 4-star hotel likely to come up in Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar. shareshareshareshare Oberoi·s delink with Hilton: Trident Hilton to become just Trident Bhubaneswar. Lucknow. The current commitment of $200 million is being funded through internal accruals.Cuttack. It has already committed $200 million in the Indian hospitality market. The list of such hotel groups include: y y Carlson Hotels ITC Welcome group Sheraton brand hotels . the Bhubaneswar Trident Hilton will become simply Trident. land has been acquired in Pune.Cuttack. such as Telegraph.com reports about various hotel groups that have expressed interest in building hotels and resorts in Orissa. Bhubaneswar. Thus. Jaipur. The UK-based Dawnay Day Group plans to invest $1.) shareshareshareshare Odisha. Ahmedabad. Hotels and resorts. ENTERTAINMENT and SHOPPINGchittaNo Comments » The Orissa government·s call for expression of interest on this is here. « Mandeep Lamba. Bangalore and Hyderabad. told DNA Money that an initial public offer (IPO) over the next 4-5 years could not be ruled out either.2 billion to set up four-star properties in the country over the next 10 years.Puri. Prospective properties are likely to come up in Chennai. KhordhachittaNo Comments » Following is an excerpt from a report on this. Hotels and resorts. Dawnay Day Hotels India. TOURISM. shareshareshareshare Orissa government plan to develop a high end beach resort just south of Puri Bhubaneswar. managing director. Coimbatore. Chandigarh.

Hotels and resorts. Bhubaneswar-Berhampur. Puri. he said. Bhubaneswar.Jagatsinghpur.Puri. along with a an attached 200-bed hotel. We have visited places like Chilika. said Goel. The hotels would have 600 rooms altogether.000 rooms to the growing Indian hospitality market. for which the government has allotted a seven-acre plot near Dumduma.Cuttack. TOURISM. Co-chairman of Cabana Hotel Management Private Limited and venture capitalist. shareshareshareshare Cabana Hotel Management plans Best Western-branded hotels in Bhubaneswar Hotels and resorts.Jatadhari .y y Laxmi Franklin Hospitality Unitech shareshareshareshare More Hilton brand hotels in Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar. The institute. Financial Express) report that the Cabana group has announced a hotel and a management institute in Bhubaneswar and plans to open many hotels in various locations in Orissa. We are interested to set up hotels there. Management institutions. Bhubaneswar already has a Trident Hilton. labs.Puri. which are service apartments.Chhatrapur. will have hostels for 1.org). he added. Following is an excerpt from Telegraph. said the institute will be the group s first training venture anywhere in the world. Puri. Vocational educationchittaNo Comments » Various newspapers (Telegraph. entailing an investment of around Rs 500 crore. Goa and Kolkata. we hope that all students will be absorbed after training. Homewood Suites. the longstay brand in Hilton·s portfolio. shareshareshareshare Cabana group announces a hotel and a management institute Berhampur. Bhubaneswar and Hyderabad. « The hotels would be operational in three years. amid market segment hotel. Over the next 10 years. HRD-n-EDUCATION (details at orissawatch. Khordhachitta2 Comments » Deepikaglobal reports that Hilton plans to open a Hilton Hotel and a Homewood Suites in Bhubaneswar. Hilton Hotels would also open hotels in Delhi. classrooms. would debut at Kolkata. kitchens. Goel added. The group will represent Best Western brand in India. Ganjam. ENTERTAINMENT and SHOPPINGDigambaraNo Comments » . Hyderabad. the group intends to add more than 100 hotels and 10.Kujanga.Gopalpur. DLF Home Developers Ltd Chief Financial Officer Surojit (Babu) Basak said. INDUSTRY and INFRASTRUCTURE. Speaking to mediapersons here today. Prabhu Goel. Following is an excerpt from that report. and Homewood Suites. Khordha.BhubaneswarParadip. Hotels and resorts.500 students.Cuttack. provide hotel management services and consultancy. µWe plan to open two hotels under Hilton brands²Hilton Garden Inn. Bangalore. Bhubaneswar. Paradip . Mysore. Konark and Paradip. Since the industry demand is huge. We have plans to invest around Rs 350 crores in developing properties in the state. The US-based Hilton Hotels is looking at ten-fold increase in the number of hotel property in India.

Kanyakumari. Rameshwaram and Bhubaneswar. We are establishing hotels in Ooty (Udhagamandalam). Prabhu Goel. Jaisalmer. shareshareshareshare . said. co-chairman of Cabana Group.The Telegraph reports that Mumbai-based Cabana Hotel Management plans to set up Best Western-branded hotels in Bhubaneswar. Bangalore. on which we will start construction soon.

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