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Hotels & Tourism Newsletter - 06 May to 09 May, 2013

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai |

The new generation of business executives, entrepreneurs and leisure travellers now have a hotel brand tailored just for them with Vida Hotels and Resorts by Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure subsidiary of Emaar Properties.

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Licence agreement for Taj Palace Hotel renews

The Licence Agreement for Taj Palace Hotel at Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi has been renewed for a further period of 25 years beyond 31.3.2013 in terms of the original Agreement. The renewal of Licence Agreement was granted after settlement of all outstanding dues. This is final extension of Licence Agreement.

Apart from other conditions, as per Article-VII of the Licence Agreement, initially the licence was granted for a period of 30 years commencing from 1.4.1983 subject to the condition that the licencee shall be bound by the observe and perform all the terms and conditions contained in the Agreement throughout the period of the license.

The Licence Agreement further provides that the licencee shall have the option of renewing the licence of the said hotel building for a further period of 25 years on giving notice in writing of such intention to the licenser atleast six months before the expiration of the licence granted, and the licenser would renew it upon the same terms and conditions as are therein contained excepting only the Clause as to renewal, and subject to the payment of licence fee as contained in Clause(1) of the Article-VIII of the Licence Agreement.

Considering the above provisions in the original Licence Agreement executed between the Indian Hotels Company Ltd. and the Delhi Development Authority and the fact that the licencee has opted for renewal of the licence and submitted his option within the time frame prescribed in the Licence Agreement and also settlement of all outstanding dues, the Competent Authority has decided to renew the licence Agreement for a further period of 25 years beyond 31.3.2013, subject to the same terms and conditions.

Forex earnings from tourism rises over 7% in April

The Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism in Rupee terms in April, 2013 rose by seven percent in comparison to April 2012.The Foreign Tourist Arrivals ( FTAs) in April 2013 was 4.52 lakh which was the same in April 2012. However, FTAs during the period January-April 2013 were 24.80 lakh with a growth of 1.9%, as compared to the FTAs of 24.34 lakh during January-April 2012.

The following are some important highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of April, 2013:

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):
The number of FTAs in April 2013 was 4,52 lakh. The number of FTAs in the Month of April 2012, too, had been 4.52 lakh. The FTAs in April 2011 were 4.47 lakh.

No growth in numbers has been observed in April 2013 over April 2012 as compared to a growth of 1.3% registered in April 2012 over April 2011.

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism in rupee terms and US$ terms

FEEs during the month of April 2013 were Rs. 7,248 crore as compared to Rs. 6,745 crore in April 2012 and Rs. 5,724 crore in April 2011. Read more...

Domestic News

Emaar unveils Vida Hotels and Resorts

The new generation of business executives, entrepreneurs and leisure travellers now have a hotel brand tailored just for them with Vida Hotels and Resorts by Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure subsidiary of Emaar Properties.

Vida, meaning 'life' in Spanish, embraces warmth, simplicity and youthful vitality, creating a stimulating environment.  An 'urban hub where inspiring minds stay, play and connect', the first branded outlet in the novel hotel chain will open in Downtown Dubai, offering 156 rooms.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: "The profile of today's global traveller is changing, with a more youthful, upwardly mobile audience seeking a distinct hospitality experience to suit their needs. Vida will add life to the hotel stays of this increasingly important tourist community, delivering an intimate touch but also the freedom they expect. With Vida Hotels and Resorts, we are creating a brand new concept in inspired living, elegant yet simple, and a new urban hub for the discerning traveller." Read more...

10 ways to live like a Maharaja

The Taj Group of Hotels gives you an opportunity to experience bespoke hospitality fit for royalty with the ‘Royal Retreats’ package this summer. Stay at some of the most enchanting and resplendent palaces in India and immerse yourself in grandeur; Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur that appears like a jeweled lotus seemingly afloat on the soft, shimmering waters of Lake Pichola, Rambagh Palace in Jaipur- an architectural masterpiece that transcends time, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur - the world's largest private residences and Taj Falaknuma Palace or ‘Mirror of the Sky’ in Hyderabad.

Below are some of the inimitable experiences that you can enjoy with the ‘Royal Retreats’ package:
Sail into a purple sunset on a 150-year old ceremonial barge complete with candlelight and resplendently dressed oarsmen

Take an exhilarating drive through the enchanting city of Jodhpur in a vintage car accompanied by your royal butler

Ritualistic range of treatments to soothe your mind and body with Signature Jiva Spa experiences, drawn forth from ancient Indian technique of wellness and healing. Read more...

Indulge your mom with IOSIS Spa on this Mothers Day

Mothers Day is an occasion to celebrate your adored mother by giving her some pampering, peace and quiet. Let your mom know how much you love her by spoiling her this Mothers day with IOSIS spa, a unisex beauty and health boutique, which lends a rejuvenating touch, transcending her into a world of ethereal beauty and serenity.

IOSIS is providing a special offer this Mothers Day; buy a gift voucher for your Mother and get a 50% discount on any service for yourself. Vouchers are the perfect gift for Mothers Day, this thoughtful gift basket is filled with all she will need to relax and enjoy her special day. So you unwind with a range of services ranging from Spa, Skin, Salon and Slimming, content in the knowledge that you have secured a great present for your beloved mother which will put a radiant smile on her face.

Changing role of government in tourism sector from regulator to catalyst

The role of Government in tourism development has been redefined from that of a regulator to that of a catalyst. Apart from marketing and promotion, the focus of tourism development plans is now on integrated development of enabling infrastructure through effective partnership with various stake holders. As per the working strategy for the 12th five year plan the Ministry of Tourism has adopted a ‘pro-poor tourism’ approach which could contribute significantly to poverty reduction. This has been stated in the Annual Report of the Ministry of Tourism for the year 2012-13 released here.
The report says that the Ministry of Tourism has been making sustained efforts to augment the tourism infrastructure across the country. Detailed discussions were held with the State and UT Governments to prioritise projects to be taken up for funding during the year 2012-13 and out of the 54 Mega tourism projects identified, 40 have already been sanctioned till the end of January, 2013. The mega projects are a judicious mix of culture, heritage, spiritual and eco-tourism and aim to give tourists a holistic perspective. Read more...

Global News

KTDC plans to woo tourists from West Asia, Russia this monsoon

Buoyed by the growing popularity of its Age Halt programme that provides Ayurveda treatment on the go, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) is planning to woo tourists in a big way, especially from the Middle East and Russia, during the monsoon season.

“Our Age Halt programme, launched last year, has sparked huge interest among the tourists both in India and abroad. It is a unique product that seamlessly combines Ayurvedic treatment and travel,” said KTDC Managing Director N Prashant.

Explaining, he said Age Halt programme provides exclusive Ayurveda packages through its  premium properties such as Samudra (Kovalam), Bolgatty Palace, Bolgatty Island Resort and Marina House (Kochi),Tea County (Munnar), Lake Palace and Aranya Nivas (Thekkady) and Periyar House, inside the Periyar Sanctuary. Read more…



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