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Putting A Partnership To Work

Fresh after announcing an alliance with ANAROCK, Stephen Rushmore Jr, president and CEO of HVS, discloses how the two companies will jointly tap India’s burgeoning $210 billion hospitality market. By Vinita Bhatia It was only last year that HVS, a global hospitality consulting firm, exited the Indian market after a successful two-decade run. Manav Thadani, the person who established the company in the count ...

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Quality Over Quantity

While Jean-Michel Cassé, COO, India and South Asia of AccorHotels is bullish about growing the company’s footprint in the country, he is very selective about the brands that can be introduced. He tells Vinita Bhatia that growth cannot come at the cost of undermining a brand’s unique ethos. Is AccorHotels planning to bring German-based 25 Hours brand in India? 25hours is a unique hotel concept that is design ...

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The Growth Code

AccorHotels’ VP, sales for Asia Pacific, Kerry Healy, is upbeat about the company’s growth momentum in India By Vinita Bhatia While most hotel chains like to talk about the number of hotels they have in their portfolio, Kerry Healy, VP, sales of Asia Pacific at AccorHotels prefers to discuss about customised and personalised offerings that the company offers through its various brands in the region. She bel ...

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Plugging Away Merrily

While jostling for the top three spot in the global hospitality space, for now Raj Rana, CEO, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group is working round-the-clock to make everyone associated with the company aware of the bright future in store for them. Recently at HICSA 2018, when Manav Thadani, founder-chairman of Hotelivate was asked his opinion about Radisson Hotel Group, he said that it was one of the most well ...

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Heritage on a platter

Guests love heritage hotels, and India has plenty of these to offer. However, what is the trick to keep them coming back for more? By Vinita Bhatia An air of mystery and charm surrounds the numerous palaces that dot India’s landscape. They give a glimpse into the life of royalty and an era where no luxury was too ostentatious or impossible. It is no wonder then that travellers, international and national, c ...

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Joint Benefits

By adopting the practice of joint procurement contracts across three properties in Goa, AccorHotels reduced its purchase costs by 57% as compared to last year By Vinita Bhatia While AccorHotels in India follows the policy of unit-level procurement, since 2017, Novotel Goa Shrem Hotel, Novotel Goa Resort & Spa and Ibis Styles Calangute decided to do things a little differently. They opted for joint procu ...

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Covering All Bases

By using appropriate vendor evaluation systems, procurement professionals can optimise the sourcing process for their hotel’s supply chain By Vinita Bhaitia When the Marriott Hotels sources water for any of its hotels in India, one of the criteria for purchase includes a lab test to ensure there is no contamination or presence of unwanted chemicals. Similarly, before placing an order for linen, a wash test ...

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Guess Work No More

By investing in the right inventory management system, purchasing departments can reduce operational costs, do advance planning of future purchases and improve inventory turnover By Vinita Bhatia There was a time when inventory procurement and purchasing managers at The Lemon Tree Hotels would be left guessing about the inventory that needed to be replenished, leading to additional carrying costs. Guess wor ...

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Purchase, Save, Repeat

Procurement professionals share their core strategies for reducing supply-chain expenses By Pradeep Suvarna As globally travel expands at healthy rates, and hotels are feeling the pressure to maximise rates whilst growing revenue. One of the strongest weapons in their arsenal is procurement contracts they have with their vendors, which they can use to their advantage to buy the best products at the most via ...

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The Urgency of Partnership

Prince Hotels’ acquisition of Australian operator StayWell Hospitality Group will help the conglomerate entrench its homegrown brands outside of Japan By Vinita Bhatia In October 2017, many dailies carried the news about Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed conglomerate Seibu Holdings’ subsidiary, Prince Hotels’ $55-million acquiring Australian operator StayWell Hospitality Group. Next, came the announcement that Se ...

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