ICS Realty India, the Mumbai-based retail asset management firm has announced to develop projects on its own. The company has hitherto raised and managed funds for other developers. It is also floating a joint venture firm for its hospitality foray in two week’s time.
The most popular way of planning a trip earlier was to visit a travel agency to get your itinerary made. Besides direct hotel reservations, the Central Reservation Systems (CRS) and Global Distribution Systems (GDS) thus served as the primary channels of sales for hotel room nights.
Since the hospitality sector was previously considered a part of Commercial Real Estate (CRE) and was subject to the same risk exposure, the cost of such debt was high. In September 2009, new guidelines on CRE released by the Reserve Bank of India, asserted that the hospitality sector would no longer be treated as a part of CRE and risk exposure would be based on the profile of the borrower and the nature of the project.
An emerging segment to attract the hotel industry of India has been the MICE (Meetings, Incentive, Conventions and Exhibitions) segment as it has the potential to change the face of several upcoming Indian cities. The overall international visitors are likely to grow many fold due to MICE as it allows for the sale of several hundreds or even several thousands of room nights as opposed to the transient travellers who utilise only a few room nights at a time.
Amidst cut-throat the hospitality vertical of Indian real estate has done well with hotels across the budget segment witnessing upward movement. Track2Realty exp0lores the emerging trends and also addresses the game changers that has influenced in the past and promises to do so in the year ahead.
High real estate costs, lack of any tax incentive and bureaucratic hurdles are huge problems for the growth of the hospitality industry that is one of the country’s top job earners, a survey has revealed.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has introduced its new Hyatt House extended-stay brand in India, with the signing of a management agreement by a Hyatt affiliate for a hotel in Mumbai.
International hospitality major Wyndham Hotel Group has entered into a partnership with Ahmedabad-based Unique Mercantile to develop 35 hotels in India under Howard Johnson brand in the next five years.