Category — Tourism & Hospitality

Fly to Taj Mahal from Overseas

The Times of India reports that India’s biggest tourist destination, Agra, will start getting direct international flights from February 2017. Taj City’s Kheria Airport will commence upgrading after a high-level government meeting on Tuesday. 50 acres land will be required to upgrade the airstrips and terminals, and this will be acquired by the state government for extension of the runway and construction of apron, terminal building and allies facilities to handle domestic as well as international flights.

Taj Mahal

 

 

 

September 6, 2016   No Comments

India Will Be Enrolled in U.S. Global Entry Program

An MoU  for the development of an International Expedited Traveler Initiative (also known as the Global Entry Program) was signed in Washington D.C. by the Ambassador of India to the United States and the Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. This program will allow for expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers from India upon arrival in the United States.  All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and an in-person interview before enrollment, after which members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports. The procedures for India’s entry into the Global Entry Program are expected to be completed in the coming months.

Global Entry Signpost

Currently, the Global Entry Program is available at more than 40 US airports and 12 pre-clearance locations. More than 1.8 million people are enrolled in Global Entry and approximately 50,000 new applications for the program are filed every month.

 

 

June 6, 2016   No Comments

Which is the Best Hotel in the World for 2016?

Located on 26 acres of land, the Umaid Bhawan Palace at Jodhpur a city in the western state of Rajasthan, India, was named the Best Hotel in the World for 2016 (with a five out of five rating among its 840 guests), by travel site TripAdvisor, in their annual Travellers’ Choice Awards, reports BuzzFeed.

Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel

Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel

The palace was designed by Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester and commissioned in 1928 when His Royal Highness Maharaja Umaid Singh created employment opportunities for his people during a period of drought. This masterpiece of craftsmanship was constructed by a special method of interlocking with no mortar binding. The 347-room palace has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family since its completion in 1943.

Built entirely in yellow sandstone, the palace is a blend of eastern and western architectural styles. Its 105-foot high cupola is influenced by the Renaissance, while the towers draw inspiration from the Rajput tradition. The lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork follow the Art Deco style, complemented by the exotic murals of the self-exiled Polish artist Stefan Norblin.

January 30, 2016   No Comments

Budget Hotel Entrepreneur Raises $125 million

21-year old Ritesh Agarwal has created India’s largest network of budget hotels in less than two years.

“I am not being arrogant when I say I re-imagined how new-age hospitality will look like. In just one and a half years we are bigger than the country’s largest hotel group by a factor of four,” Agarwal, the current  poster boy of India’s start-up world, told CNBC.

At 17, the  engineering dropout  tried replicating Airbnb but wasn’t successful. He traveled the country working pro bono for start-ups when he hit upon the idea of building a tenable chain of budget hotels from the existing supply of low-end, unprofessionally run guesthouses that are ubiquitous in India.

Oyo Rooms

Currently, OYO Rooms partners with 3,000 guesthouses across 125 Indian cities. It markets these small hotels online under the OYO brand and works with them to offer basic quality at one-third the market price. Agarwal’s disruptive strategies worked and venture investors, including Sequoia Capital and Softbank, have already poured $125 million into OYO Rooms. He employs more than 1,500 people, with a Harvard alumnus as his COO, and has a company valued at an estimated $400 million, reports CNBC.

December 11, 2015   No Comments

Thailand’s Five Star Chicken to Invest $500 Million in India

Charoen Pokphand, a Thailand-based group that owns the Five Star Chicken quick-service chain of restaurants, will invest $500 million in its India division in an effort to double its annual revenue reports GlobalMeatNews. Sanjeev Pant the vice president of India operations explained that 30% of the 500 million will be funded by the company and the rest of it will be raised through banks loans.

Charoen Pokphand hopes to increase the Five Star Chicken restaurants’ current annual revenues of $14 million to $70 million with this investment.

Five Star Chicken

Five Star Chicken

The company is also in the process of doubling its poultry feed capacity to 300,000 tons a month in the next five years. They plan to attain this target by adding new factories in the states of West Bengal, Punjab, Maharashtra and Haryana.

June 25, 2015   No Comments