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The Making of Alila Fort Bishangrah

From a two-century old fort to a luxury resort, Hotelier India explores how Alila Fort Bishangarh rebuilt the past to suit the future Perched on top of a granite hillock in the midst of a vast expanse of the Aravalli range, surrounded by hills dotted with havelis, villages and temples, Alila Fort Bishangarh is the result of the adaptive reuse of a 230-year-old warrior fort into one of India’s unique heritag ...

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Backpackers’ Delight

Design Lab Vyoma fashioned the Wanderers Hostel & Resort at Goa, retaining its intrinsic backpacking culture as a mainstay India’s fast-growing tourism industry is continually witnessing newer hospitality buildings that cater to different variety of travellers. The backpacking-style of low-cost, independent travelling is growing at a steady pace. Backpacking travellers are always looking for budget stay ...

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Multi-Layered Opulence

For Andaz Singapore, designer Andre Fu fashioned a multi-faceted journey conveying luxury while capturing the vibrant atmosphere of local areas that is quintessential to the city By Vinita Bhatia Come December, and Singapore’s skyline will see the rise of another landmark. The Andaz Singapore has been created to offer a boutique-inspired hotel experience matched with the assurance of Hyatt’s hospitality sta ...

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When Design Takes Over

As hotels become destinations themselves, design has become a key differentiator. The first step is to make their public spaces more engaging and aspirational By Vinita Bhatia Hotel chains often have a tough job on their hands. While striving to offer standardised guest experiences across their brands, they have to ensure that each of these hotels conform to the overarching design standards, but yet break t ...

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See And Be Scene

From independent hotel owners to hospitality chains, everyone is finding innovative ways to create unique design-led experiences for their guests By Vinita Bhatia Consistency is a virtue in the hospitality industry, but not when it comes to design. Homogenity in design is nothing short of harakiri – something that hoteliers, architects and interior designers are well aware of. Hence, even while they adhere ...

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The Right Moves

Dilip Ray, owner and CMD of Mayfair Hotels & Resorts has an uncanny knack for selecting the perfect location for his hotels By Vinita Bhatia It is not uncommon for guests staying at any Mayfair Hotels & Resorts’ property to see its owner and CMD, Dilip Ray, walking briskly around with a couple of housekeeping staff trailing in his wake. He likes to personally keep an every single thing in the public ...

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Power List 2017, Vijay Thacker, Director, Horwath India

Vijay Thacker’s pet peeve is a badly prepared cup of tea. Another thing that he is quite uncomfortable with is owners who are impractical about their business expectations. In fact, if there is piece of advice that he could give them it would be, to be bold, but realistic. “Create a longterm product and insist on long-term operating value from your selected operator. Don’t shun the first class and premium h ...

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Power List 2017, Manav Thadani, Chairman, APAC, HVS

In January 2017, when news broke out that Paris-based Louvre Hotels Group acquired a majority stake in Sarovar Hotels and Resorts, not many knew that this deal was orchestrated was HVS. Manav Thadani revealed that the company was involved in the portfolio valuation leading up to the acquisition of the asset portfolio. In fact, its Investment Advisory division is expected to grow over the next few years as m ...

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Power List 2017, Mandeep Lamba, MD, JLL India

If Mandeep Lamba is to be believed, then India is gearing up for Investment Cycle 2.0 after almost a decade. “After a rush to add inventory, the supply side has slowed down and the demand supply gap is fuelling higher occupancies and ADR’s in most of the key cities. There is now reasonable evidence and belief that the hospitality industry is heading for a bull run over the next four to five years,” he said. ...

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Power List 2017, Zaid Sadiq, Executive director, liasoning & hospitality, Prestige Group

2016-17 has been quite an exciting year for Prestige Group’s hospitality division as Bengaluru emerged as a preferred city for MICE events. And the coming year is no different. “In 2017-18, we will inaugurate two of our biggest hotel developments – the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center in Prestige Shantiniketan and The Conrad Hotel, Ulsoor. The year looks promising with other ...

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