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Reviving Incredible India

With tourism being a major focus for the new government, the Ministry of Tourism is looking at reviving the brand Incredible India By Rajarshi Bhattacharjee n an exclusive interview, Shripad Yesso Naik, minister of state, tourism and culture (independent charge) talks about his vision for growth of tourism sector in India and how he hopes the Prime Minister’s allocation of more funds to the tourism ministry ...

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Mr Perfect Hospitality

When the Taj Group of Hotels decided to refresh the brand’s internal rallying cry and its position to the world early last year, the creative team of well-known boutique advertising consultant, Luxury Branding, London, led by chairman Piers Schmidt, had an exciting brief. But Schmidt and his team also faced two major challenges. On the one hand, while Taj has been a very much loved and well-known brand in I ...

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India is a key market for our upscale brands

Now that there is a new government in place, is Starwood going to fast-track development in India? And, after a relative lull, are we going to look at more frequent launches? I think that’s right, however, what I would suggest is that we were never not bullish on India. Regardless of the government, we always knew that this was a primary market for us and we needed to be here. But as we look now to the futu ...

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Luxurious Locale

Mysore. The historic city, known as the City of Palaces, is situated at the base of the Chamundi Hills. It enjoys vicinity to the state capital of Bengaluru; being located at a distance of about 140km from it. With a total geographical area of 128.42 sq-km, Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka and an important tourist and heritage destination. The city has been growing at a CAGR of 14 ...

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Vivanta by Taj expands its footprint into Malaysia

Taj Group announced the rebranding of Rebak Island Resort, Langkawi as Vivanta by Taj – Rebak Island, Langkawi. This will be 29th Vivanta by Taj property. The property is a privately owned 390 acres rainforest island that commands a magnificent view of the Senari Straits bordering the Andaman Sea with a pristine and secluded beach. The island is blessed with a tropical climate, stunning rock formations and ...

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On the platter

 Setting a beautiful table requires creativity, imagination and an innate sense of perfection. To the perfectionist, placing a plate between knife and fork, along with stemware, is an art. But, equally crucial is the choice of tableware. The design, quality, layout, are all defined by the purpose of dining. Attractive tableware is instantly noticeable and makes a tremendous impact on the person dining. ...

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Designer experiences

BY RAYNAH COUTINHO Hospitality in India has evolved — especially during the last rough patch — to come to the realisation that having rates as a differentiator will only result in under-cutting and a bloodbath, particularly in locations where supply has recently boosted. Brand DNA, design and service styles are the new differentiators. Hotelier India caught up with the delegates from L ...

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Cover up in style

Wall coverings are something that meets the guest’s eye no matter what he is doing in the room and as such are an important component of the in-room experience. Curtains too, catch the guest’s attention as soon as he opens the door and wonders what view lies beyond them. For both components, some hotels will swear by white, while others like to throw in dashes of colour. Read on to find out how ...

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Two to tango

It was perhaps a simpler time when the maître d’ was asked “what do you recommend?” Guests, today however, stroll into a restaurant already “in the mood” for a certain spirit, or a specific cuisine. Moreover, the variety of spirits in demand is multiplying by the month. The direct implication is that F&B managers and front-of-the house staff will have to be savvy with ...

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Glass of 2012

Throw the word “glass” into a room full of architects and their imagination will throw out all sorts of imagery — everything from ancient cathedrals made dramatic by stained glass, to the entrance pyramid at the Louvre or a modern glass building; a mall, a commercial building or a hotel, perhaps, the first Vivanta by Taj, in Bangalore or the Oberoi Gurgaon. Glass can create the illusion of ...

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