Mastercard Report: Cricket World Cup's Boost to Indian Tourism and Hospitality

Mastercard Report: Cricket World Cup's Boost to Indian Tourism and Hospitality

By Author

Published on December 24, 2023

The ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, despite not clinching a victory for Team India, emerged as a significant catalyst for the Indian economy. Mastercard, a key sponsor of the event, conducted a study revealing the tournament's extensive multiplier effect, particularly on the tourism and hospitality industries. This effect underlines the broader impact of major sporting events on both national and local economies.

According to Mastercard's aggregated and anonymised data, the accommodation and food industries experienced a substantial boost due to the influx of cricket enthusiasts from all over the world. These fans, converging in India to support their teams, contributed significantly to the increased spending in these sectors. The data showed that small businesses, often considered the backbone of the economy, enjoyed a significant upsurge in revenue, especially in cities hosting the matches.

The boost for small businesses was particularly noticeable in quick-service restaurants in the host cities, where there was an average increase of over 300% in cross-border spending by tourists on match days compared to a regular week. This trend was not limited to foreign tourists, as domestic spending on online food delivery also recorded a sharp increase of over 100% on average during the matches held in Ahmedabad, Delhi, and Mumbai.


Hotels and the broader food industry also reaped the benefits of the cricket tournament. Host cities saw an average growth of approximately 40% in domestic spending on hotels on match days compared to regular weeks. Moreover, there was an incremental spend of around INR ~23 million observed in hotels and restaurants in host cities and metro cities around match days, reflecting a 36% increase compared to non-game days.

The economic impact was particularly pronounced during crucial matches. For instance, during the India vs. Pakistan match, cross-border in-person restaurant spends soared by approximately 400%. The India vs. England witnessed an even more astonishing increase of over 600% in cross-border spends across hotels and dining establishments.

Gautam Aggarwal, Division President, South Asia at Mastercard, emphasized the profound impact of the ICC World Cup on India's economy. He stated that such tournaments can act as a booster shot for robust economies, energizing small businesses that power the local economy. Aggarwal highlighted the remarkable surge of 400% in in-person restaurant spends during key matches featuring Team India, showcasing the tournament's positive influence on the economy.

In conclusion, the ICC Cricket World Cup not only provided thrilling cricket action but also proved to be a significant economic stimulus for small businesses and the hospitality sector across India. This event showcased the potential of sporting and cultural events to drive economic growth and support various industries, contributing to the overall economic health of the country.

The Westin Chennai Velachery: Sunset Grill Unveils Exquisite New Menu

The Westin Chennai Velachery: Sunset Grill Unveils Exquisite New Menu

By Shreenidhi Jagannathan

Published on July 16, 2024

Sunset Grill, the esteemed dining destination at The Westin Chennai Velachery, has unveiled its highly anticipated new menu, promising a delightful fusion of global culinary trends and local flavors. This exclusive event, graced by our team at Hospitalitynews, provided a firsthand experience of the culinary marvels crafted by the visionary Chef Saravanan Ranganathan and impeccably managed by the seasoned hospitality expert, Nitesh Kumar.

Upon entering Sunset Grill, we were immediately struck by its elegant ambience, a perfect blend of sophistication and comfort. The open-air setting, enhanced by stunning views, created an inviting atmosphere that set the stage for an unforgettable dining experience under the stars.

Chef Saravanan Ranganathan's new menu is a testament to his culinary artistry and innovative spirit. Each dish tells a unique story, harmoniously blending creativity with authenticity. Chef Saravanan's signature creation had a masterful fusion of delicate spices and premium ingredients that left a lasting impression on our palates.


The grilled food platters, a hallmark of Sunset Grill, were an absolute delight. The meticulous preparation and presentation of each dish showcased Chef Saravanan's dedication to culinary excellence. From succulent meats to flavorful vegetables, every bite was a testament to the culinary craftsmanship that defines Sunset Grill.

Nitesh Kumar, with his extensive experience in the hospitality industry, ensured a seamless dining experience for every guest. His commitment to personalized service was evident throughout the evening, adding a touch of warmth and professionalism that elevated the overall experience.

As we indulged in the new menu, it was clear that Sunset Grill is not just a place to dine but a destination to savour and celebrate. The combination of innovative dishes, impeccable service, and enchanting ambience makes it a beacon of excellence in Chennai's dining scene.


We invite all food enthusiasts to embark on a culinary journey at Sunset Grill. Whether you are a diehard diner or simply seeking a serene escape, the new menu at Sunset Grill promises to exceed your expectations. With Chef Saravanan's inventive creations and the team's unwavering dedication to service, every visit is sure to be a memorable dining affair.


Join us at Sunset Grill and discover why it continues to set the standard for exceptional dining experiences in the city.


Celebrate World Rum Day: Top Spots in Mumbai for Rum Cocktails This Monsoon

Celebrate World Rum Day: Top Spots in Mumbai for Rum Cocktails This Monsoon

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on July 13, 2024

Ahoy, rum enthusiasts! World Rum Day is here, and Mumbai has a fantastic lineup of rum cocktails waiting for you. From tropical drinks to classic mixes, these spots will have you celebrating in style. So, put away that umbrella for a while and join us on a rum adventure through Mumbai's hottest bars and restaurants!



Amazonia offers a unique twist on rum with its Brazilian Samba, blending rum with sugarcane for a sweet and savory treat.


For a tropical vibe, try the Cuban Pain Curer, a vibrant mix of rums, citrus, and fresh pineapple. It's like a burst of sunshine amidst the monsoon rains.


This hidden gem is a speakeasy with standout cocktails. The Bull Frog - Tall Tea is a lively mix of spirits, including rum and Red Bull, perfect for sparking conversations. For a fruity option, the Long Beach Ice Tea combines rum, vodka, and cranberry juice, refreshing and perfect for keeping the party going.

QEY: Sip and Vault


Up for a challenge? Try the Rock Paper Scissor at QEY, a surprising blend of coconut rum, pineapple, and matcha. For a classic experience, the Air Mail offers a sophisticated rum drink that's sure to impress.

Sante Spa

Who says you can't have fun and stay healthy? The Caribeno at Sante Spa mixes rum, coconut water, and a hint of jalapeno for a refreshing yet spicy kick. For a communal vibe, the Veranda Coastal Weaver is a perfect rum cocktail to share with friends.

One8 Commune

Forget the dainty tea party; One8 Commune's Rum Julep Punch is a party in a glass. This mix of rum, mint, and sugar is perfect for monsoon gatherings and guaranteed to lift your spirits.


Experience Southeast Asia without leaving Mumbai at Yazu. The Southeastern Asia cocktail is a rum-based creation that will transport you. For a twist on a classic, try the Japanese Colada, featuring rum for a richer flavor. Don't miss the Okinawalee Tea for a refreshing, innovative taste.


Koa's cocktails are exceptional, and the Lagoon Libation is no different. This vibrant blue drink, reminiscent of a tropical lagoon, offers a perfect balance of sweet, tart, and tropical flavors, ideal for a humid evening.

La Mar

For those who love classic rum cocktails, La Mar's Hemingway Daiquiri is a must-try. Crafted with precision and top-shelf ingredients, this cocktail highlights the versatility of rum.


Take a nostalgic trip with Gaylord's rum offerings. The Tikki is a vibrant, tropical delight. For sharing, the Gaylord Punch captures the essence of classic rum punches, perfect for a group of friends.

Blue Bop


For an adventurous night, head to The Bluebop Cafe for their signature Jungle Bird cocktail. This tropical drink mixes dark rum with Campari, pineapple, and a splash of sour, creating a fun and tangy concoction that feels like a secret island getaway.

So there you have it, rum lovers! With this list, you're ready to conquer the monsoon blues and celebrate World Rum Day in style. Get out there, explore these spots, and raise a glass (or two) to the spirit of rum!

Pacific Mall Dehradun Launches Plant Your Bill 3.0 Campaign to Revive City's Green Cover

Pacific Mall Dehradun Launches Plant Your Bill 3.0 Campaign to Revive City's Green Cover

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 12, 2024

Pacific Mall Dehradun is proud to announce the launch of its third annual environmental initiative, Plant Your Bill 3.0, aimed at enriching a greener Dehradun. Scheduled from June 29 to August 11, 2024, this campaign builds on the success of previous years' efforts, during which over 8,000 trees were planted in the region.

Pacific Mall Dehradun is committed to making a significant impact on the city's ecological landscape. For every invoice of Rs 3000 or more generated at the mall during the campaign period, customers will have the opportunity to contribute to this noble cause. They will receive Lychee tree saplings, symbolic of Dehradun's iconic greenery, which they can plant at their homes or in their communities. This year, they intend to plant over 10,000 plants with this initiative.

Abhishek Bansal, Executive Director, Pacific Group, says, "Through initiatives like Plant Your Bill 3.0, we strive to make a positive impact on the local environment and promote eco-conscious consumer behavior. Pacific Mall Dehradun invites everyone to join hands in this endeavor to restore the city's natural heritage. Together, we can sow the seeds of a sustainable future for generations to come."


The campaign is marked by a series of engaging activities for children, including clay modeling, hanging garden workshops, and pottery making. Additionally, local schools present skits highlighting environmental conservation, and esteemed environmentalists share insights on preserving Dehradun's Lychee orchards. Through Plant Your Bill 3.0, they aim to revive and rejuvenate these green spaces with the active participation of patrons.

About Pacific Group:

Driven by the zeal to make a mark in the commercial sector of the country, Pacific India, a privately owned and operated group of companies, has been conducting endeavors and operations with a remarkable degree of dynamism for the past three decades. The group is steadily emerging as a notable realty and infrastructure developer, providing distinctive and specialized services in the Real Estate, Hospitality, and Education sectors.

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