The Sahara Group, fresh after a string of acquisitions of Marquee Hotel properties in the UK and the US, is in talks with US-based Oasis West Realty to pick up a controlling stake in Beverly Hilton Hotel, a landmark Los Angeles property that has been hosting the Golden Globe Awards.
Sahara Group has agreed buy a controlling stake in the city’s iconic Plaza Hotel for USD 570 million from the Israeli-owned real estate company Elad Properties.
Industry experts assert it is difficult to put a time frame on certain requirements like getting over a 100 Government permits from the time of starting construction to completion. Historically, hotel construction in India has been somewhat cumbersome owing to the multiple clearances/approvals required from Central and State Government agencies.
The Indian strategy in the hospitality segment seems to be borne out of the demand-supply market dynamics. An industry survey estimates that the three major Indian metropolitan areas—Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi—command some of the highest hotel rentals in the world.
The operational inexperience of the developers’ is also being sewn up through strategic tie-ups with the majors in the hotel industry. An improving economic scenario and demand for more hotel rooms across categories is persuading international hotel chains to sign new management contracts with Indian developers and property owners, according to analysts. The industry will witness the announcement of a number of new hotels in the year ahead.
Some developers believe in the age when everybody is constantly looking forward to upgrade, luxury residences should not be seen just in the premium super category. As a matter of fact, Purvankara has successfully initiated the concept of luxury affordable as well. According to him there is no dearth of buyers; rather the challenge is for the developers to execute a luxe living.
It is not just real estate developers and national & international hospitality majors, but several high net worth individuals and business groups from sectors like auto, petroleum and telecom have grabbed hospitality assets, marking a strategic trend shift. Track2Realty analyses how opportunities and roadblocks co-exist in the hospitality, thus making it an interesting sector where there is room for everyone to grow.
DLF, has sold its entire stake in Adone Hotels and Hospitality Limited (Adone) to Kolkata-based Avani Projects and Square Four Housing & Infrastructure for Rs 567 crore. This was in line with its strategy of divesting non-core assets to pare debt, DLF said in a statement.
Tata Realty and Infrastructure (TRIL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, is foraying into retail and hospitality segments through a new subsidiary, TRIL Hospitality Services. The company, which has about Rs 6,000-crore projects at hand, would also commence work on two more projects, and this would add business of Rs 3,000 crore, said a senior TRIL Infopark executive.
Chicago-headquartered Hyatt Hotels Group is betting big on the upper-midscale segment in India. Its growth in India is going to be driven by three of its brands — Hyatt Place, Hyatt House and Hyatt Regency. It has already firmed up plans for the first Hyatt Place in the country, likely to be launched at Hampi in Karnataka in June.