First in India: Sofitel Mumbai BKC's Green Key Achievement

First in India: Sofitel Mumbai BKC's Green Key Achievement

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Published on January 8, 2024

In a landmark achievement for India's hospitality industry, Sofitel Mumbai BKC has been awarded the prestigious Green Key Certification, making it the first hotel in the country to receive this accolade. The Green Key Certification, launched in India in 2023, is recognized globally as a leading standard for environmental responsibility and sustainable operation in the tourism sector.

The National Jury Green Key India and the Center for Environment Education (CEE) have acknowledged Sofitel Mumbai BKC’s commitment to sustainability, setting a new benchmark for eco-friendly practices in the Indian hospitality industry.

The Green Key certificate in India is implemented by CEE Ahmedabad, a proud member of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). This certification reflects the hotel’s dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainable operations.

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Manish Dayya, the General Manager of Sofitel Mumbai BKC, expressed his excitement over the achievement: “This past year has been thrilling with numerous accolades for our hotel. The Green Key Certification is not just another achievement; it represents our team’s collective effort and commitment to sustainability.”

Sofitel Mumbai BKC now stands as a beacon of sustainable practices in the Indian hospitality sector. This certification places the hotel alongside the global elite in environmental responsibility, being one of only two such certifications available worldwide.

“For Accor, our parent company, and all the hotel brands under its umbrella, including Sofitel Hotels and Resorts, sustainability is a core principle. Our global mission is to have all Accor hotels certified in the coming years. We are proud to support this vision with our local initiatives and hope to inspire more sustainability-led breakthroughs in 2024,” added Dayya.

Sofitel Mumbai BKC’s achievement is a significant step towards a greener future in the hospitality industry. It not only aligns with Accor’s global mission for sustainable transformation but also paves the way for other hotels in India and worldwide to follow suit.

As the first recipient of the Green Key Certification in India, Sofitel Mumbai BKC is now at the forefront of the sustainable hospitality movement, showcasing how luxury and environmental responsibility can go hand in hand.


Private Members-Only Business Clubs Gain Traction Among India's Elites

Private Members-Only Business Clubs Gain Traction Among India's Elites

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 22, 2024

India's burgeoning economy and rising affluent population are fostering a unique trend: the proliferation of private members-only business clubs catering to the nation's elites. These clubs, situated in prime commercial areas, offer a sanctuary for corporate leaders, startup founders, and other influential figures to network in an exclusive setting.

Historically, India's metropolitan areas have had clubs like the Gym Khana and Golf Courses, but these often involve lengthy membership waitlists. This limitation has sparked the rise of alternative platforms offering similar prestige and exclusivity. Over the past four to five years, more than 25 private clubs have opened across the country, including both independent operations and those managed by major hospitality brands like IHCL's Chambers and ITC's Privie.

These clubs are designed as comprehensive ecosystems, equipped with high-end facilities including business lounges, gourmet dining, and leisure amenities like spas and art galleries. They cater to a clientele that values privacy and premium experiences, and membership is typically by invitation or referral, adding an element of exclusivity.

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The market for these clubs is robust, with a current valuation of INR 576 crores and a projected growth to INR 941 crores by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 17.8%. This growth is driven by the increasing number of high-net-worth individuals (HNIs) in India, expected to more than double by 2027.

The Mumbai region, known for its affluent demographic and vibrant cultural scene, dominates the market, hosting some of the most prestigious clubs such as SOHO House and Quorum. This trend reflects a broader shift towards luxury and exclusivity in the Indian hospitality and real estate sectors, with private members-only clubs at the forefront of this evolution.

For those in the know, these clubs are more than just places to meet; they are venues where business and pleasure blend seamlessly against a backdrop of tailored luxury.


Pride Hotels Group Launches New Wellness Resort in Becharaji, Gujarat

Pride Hotels Group Launches New Wellness Resort in Becharaji, Gujarat

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 18, 2024

Pride Hotels Group is delighted to announce the addition of Pride Elite Wellness Resort Becharaji to its esteemed portfolio. Located in the historic town of Becharaji, Gujarat, this resort is poised near significant cultural landmarks such as the Sakeshwar Jain Temple and the Modhera Sun Temple, making it a prime destination for guests seeking both relaxation and cultural experiences.

The resort marks Pride Hotels Group's inaugural foray into the wellness resort sector, reflecting their commitment to delivering exceptional hospitality experiences. "We are excited to introduce the Pride Elite Wellness Resort Becharaji, a facility that embodies our vision of integrating business with leisure and well-being," said Mr. Atul Upadhyay, Executive Vice President of Pride Hotels Group. He further noted that the resort is designed to cater to the diverse needs of its guests, from leisure travelers to corporate clients.

Boasting 92 elegantly furnished rooms, the resort offers a variety of amenities designed to enhance guest stays, including a swimming pool, a modern gymnasium, and extensive green lawns suitable for weddings and events. The property also features dedicated spaces for corporate meetings and holistic wellness treatments offered through the Rishivan Vivekananda Wellness Center, which provides programs focused on stress management, diabetes control, weight management, spine wellness, and more.

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Mr. Koustuv Mukherjee, Associate Vice President for the Gujarat Region at Pride Hotels Group, highlighted the strategic significance of the location. "Gujarat is a vibrant destination rich in cultural heritage and business opportunities. Pride Elite Wellness Resort Becharaji is more than just a hotel; it is a gateway to experiencing Gujarat's renowned hospitality and its spectacular attractions," stated Mr. Mukherjee.

The resort is set to open in June, ready to welcome guests who are looking for a memorable stay that combines the best of Gujarat's hospitality with the comfort and luxury that the Pride Hotels Group is known for.

For more information on booking and the services offered at Pride Elite Wellness Resort Becharaji, please visit the Pride Hotels Group website. Whether you are traveling for business, leisure, or wellness, this new resort promises a stay that goes beyond expectations, offering a unique blend of luxury, comfort, and cultural exploration.


Bowling, Dining, and Beyond at Game Palacio at DLF Mall of India

Bowling, Dining, and Beyond at Game Palacio at DLF Mall of India

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 16, 2024

DLF Mall of India, Noida, recently unveiled Delhi-NCR’s first Game Palacio, introducing an immersive gaming and entertainment hub for visitors of all ages. This expansive venue offers a diverse range of activities, from arcade games and boutique bowling to captivating virtual reality experiences. Additionally, guests can savor delectable cuisines and enjoy live music performances at the upscale dining spots within the Game Palacio.

Shibli Khan, Centre Head of DLF Mall of India, said “We are thrilled to welcome the Game Palacio to DLF Mall of India as a one-stop destination for unparalleled entertainment. With its gamut offerings and immersive game experiences, the Game Palacio underscores our commitment to providing world-class leisure options within DLF Mall of India.”

Manish Mehrotra, Senior Vice President and Head of Operations at DLF Shopping Malls, said “We are excited to welcome the Game Palacio at DLF Mall of India, Noida. It is more than just a gaming destination; it is an experience tailored for every generation. From arcade thrills to VR experience, the Game Palacio fosters our commitment to offering our patrons cherished memories and boundless joy.”

Prasuk R Jain, Owner of Game Palacio, said “In the next decade, we anticipate the trend of Game Palacio to increase in India rapidly. This year, we are thrilled to announce multiple openings back to back, including locations at Connaught Place (Regal Building) in Delhi, Pitampura in West Delhi, Saket in South Delhi and Golf Course Road in Gurugram. The Game Palacio has already established itself as a leading brand in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Chandigarh.”

Occupying an impressive 56,000 square feet area within DLF Mall of India, Game Palacio offers a comprehensive entertainment package. Among its highlights are a state-of-the-art arcade, complete with classic and modern video games, and a boutique bowling alley where visitors can test their skills in a stylish setting. Additionally, guests can dive into captivating virtual reality adventures, providing a unique and immersive gaming experience.

But the excitement doesn't stop there. Game Palacio also boasts two distinct dining options to satisfy hungry gamers and visitors alike. Kamikaze, a sophisticated cocktail bar, offers a chic setting to unwind and enjoy handcrafted beverages, while Verde, an authentic Italian restaurant, serves up delicious cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. These dining venues add another dimension to the overall experience, allowing guests to enjoy delectable dishes and live music performances while taking a break from the gaming action.

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