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Of Mice And Men

Dirk Beljaarts, GM, Novotel Amsterdam City tells Vinita Bhatia that by offering holistic MICE solutions, a hotelier's relation with clients will move from a transactional deal to an engaging mode Not too long ago, MICE spaces in hotels were fairly straightforward affairs. It could consist of corporate conference rooms in sombre colours, wooden panelling and and the requisite business amenities. The social e ...

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The design story

Though its name being in Sanskrit spells a deep connection with India – Alila has just started making inroads into the country with two operational properties (a resort in Goa and a city-resort in Bengaluru) and one soon-to-be-opened property near Jaipur. Alila is a 10-year-old brand that started in Indonesia and then moved to Singapore to set up a global corporate office. The brand manages hotels in Thaila ...

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Slice of luxury

It might not believe in shouting its presence from the rooftops, but as one of the first brands in the budget hotel segment, Ginger accelerated the acceptance of this segment amongst the frequent travellers in India. Of course, one of the factors that added to its cause was the fact that Ginger is owned by Roots Corporation Ltd, which is a part of the Tata Group, admits PK Mohankumar, MD and CEO. But there ...

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Opening new doors

His affable and friendly demeanor puts you at ease immediately, but don’t be fooled by that charming smile – this seasoned hotelier doesn’t suffer fools gladly. KB Kachru, chairman-South Asia of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has not just seen the industry evolve and grow but has also played a significant role in ringing in changes. Over cups of green tea and lunch at the Park Plaza, Gurgaon, Kachru looks bac ...

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Best of both worlds

Best Western is a global success story that doesn’t follow any corporate mantra. It is one based on the basic human habit of seeking references which has lead the brand to becoming the ‘world’s largest hotel family’. What started as a referral system of motels and inns on the highways of the USA in 1947 has grown to become the world’s largest chain of hotels in 65 years, with more than 4,200 hotels across t ...

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Talking Green

Param Kannampilly is a perfect example of how circumstances shape one’s destiny. The split of Raheja brothers gave birth to Concept Hospitality in 1995 as he decided to “hang up his operational boots and to start a new venture”. (Kannampilly was overseeing Raheja’s hotels division at that time.) As luck would have it, this is when his friend, Vithal Kamath, was looking for someone to build a hotel for him. ...

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