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Kempinski Hotels hopeful of adding at least three more hotels in India in next two years

Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s luxury hospitality brand, is hopeful of adding three more hotels to their fold in India over the next couple of years. According to Duncan O’Rourke, Chief Operating Officer, Kempinski Hotels, they are in “advanced negotiations” with owners at some key destinations, and hopeful of clinching the deals at least three places. Revealing the destinations they are targeting, the COO said that they are looking both business and resort destinations. Besides Mumbai, they are hopeful of breakthroughs either in Hyderabad or Chennai and among leisure destinations Goa or Kerala.


Kerala High Court backs govt’s bar ban; top-end hotels can continue to serve liquor

Kerala High Court gave a partial ratification for the state government’s new liquor policy. Now bars in two and three star categories have to be closed down, while 32 bars in four-stars can function. As per the liquor policy, only five star hotels were entitled for liquor license. Kerala has 750-odd bar hotels. Of them, 418 bars have remained closed since April this year, pending renewal of their license. Among the rest of the functioning hotels, now five star hotels (21), four star hotels (33) and heritage hotels (8) can run their liquor bars as per the verdict of the single bench of the Kerala high court.


Tree of Life Resorts to launch their Varanasi resort in 2016

Tree of Life Resorts & Spa, promoted by Himmat Anand will open their resort property in Varanasi in winter 2016. The 20-room resort is being set up in the outskirts of the city with typical Banarsi architectural design. According to Anand, the concept of Tree of Life will continue to be space and privacy and therefore prefer to be locations away from the city limits. Tree of Life properties will always have smaller inventories ranging from 1 to 30 rooms,” he said. While their flagship property in Jaipur has 14 cottages in seven acres area, the second resort property in Rishikesh is a mountain lodge with eight rooms and two cottages.

Plaza Premium Lounge opens its first transit hotel in Bengaluru

Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited, industry player in providing Premium Airport Services, introduced its first transit hotel in Bengaluru – the Day Hotel by Plaza Premium Lounge in Domestic Departures at Kempegowda International Airport. Unlike other hotels, the Day Hotel by Plaza Premium Lounge is a short stay hotel located within an airport terminal with a flexible hourly rate payment offering. It allows travellers to rest during long transits or extended waits between flights.The new hotel will join the two recently opened Plaza Premium Lounges in Bengaluru to further enhance the world class service at Kempegowda International Airport, providing comfort, convenience and value to all travellers. Equipped with 20 rooms with different configurations, including single rooms, studios, twin rooms and family suites, the Day Hotel has been designed to cater to the needs of all travellers, whether they are seeking a relaxing sleep, refreshing shower, soothing massage, or simply want to catch up on work in a private space away from the hustle and bustle of the airport.

India, Vietnam agree to improve air connectivity

India and Vietnam have agreed to work towards improving connectivity between the two countries, via both air and maritime. In a joint statement issued by the two nations after a meeting between the respective Premiers at New Delhi, India and Vietnam have resolved to encourage more airline companies to commence operations between the two nations. During their meeting, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tan Dung emphasized the importance of connectivity between India and Vietnam, and welcomed the code-share agreement between Jet Airways (India) Ltd. and Vietnam Airlines, leading to the decision by the Indian carrier to commence flights to Ho Chi Minh City from November 5, 2014.

AirAsia India plans to start flights from Delhi, Mumbai

AirAsia India will soon start flights from big cities, changing its strategy of connecting smaller cities, to take on competition that followed the airline wherever it went since launch of operations earlier this year. The airline, which started with connecting cities like Chennai, Kochi, Goa, Chandigarh, and Jaipur from its hub in Bengaluru, plans to start operations from key cities like Delhi and Mumbai. The airline had earlier announced that it wouldn't operate from these cities because of high airport charge.