Role of the Brand in Hospitality Industry | CMD Chander K Baljee, Regenta & Royal Orchid Hotels

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Published on November 9, 2023

From humble beginnings in Shimla, Mr. Chander K Baljee, hailing from a hotelier family, founded Regenta and Royal Orchid Hotels, a now prominent hotel brand in India. His journey started with a small restaurant in Shimla, followed by his first hotel venture in Bangalore after leasing ‘The Stay Longer Hotel’ and transforming it into Harsha. The turning point came in 1985 with Hotel Royal Orchid, his first 5-star venture near the old Bangalore airport.

Rapid growth followed with the addition of four hotels by 2004 and expansion into cities like Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Pune. The successful IPO in 2006 marked another milestone, raising Rs 130 crore. 

“We've done so much! Actually, we've been pioneers in innovation,” he said about the innovative concepts he had implemented in his brand that turned out to be a game changer in the industry. “We were the first hotel to introduce cable TV in the country. I remember approaching a startup company called Nelco to install it for us. It took them a couple of months to experiment and get it set up. In those days, there were VCRs instead of cable; we had three VCRs and played tapes. In this way, we undertook many unique and pioneering endeavours,” he added.

Not only being the first hotel to introduce cable television, but also the Regents & Royal Orchid Hotels has become the first brand to introduce a free buffet breakfast. “This move has been a game-changer; guests are happy and satisfied, and we face fewer morning complaints related to service. We were also the first to offer free WiFi in hotels,” he said. 

Over the years, they've introduced many innovations with the guest in mind and are continuing to do so.

Today, Royal Orchid Hotels operates 12 hotels across major cities, focusing on high-quality, affordable accommodation. With plans to expand into markets like Mumbai and Ahmedabad, Royal Orchid Hotels stands as a testament to Mr. Baljee’s vision and perseverance, continually striving for greater achievements in the hospitality sector.


Lalit Kalani, Founder of Rock Paper Rum, Rocks Shark Tank India with Wisdom on Negotiation

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on March 30, 2024

In a recent episode of Shark Tank India, Lalit Kalani, the visionary behind Rock Paper Rum, made waves with his profound statement: “Negotiation is your birthright.” This declaration not only captivated the audience but also encapsulated the ethos of his entrepreneurial journey.

Rock Paper Rum, a venture blending innovation with tradition, has emerged as a frontrunner in the world of mixology, captivating consumers and industry insiders alike. Lalit Kalani, a third-generation liquor entrepreneur, has infused his family legacy into crafting an exceptional rum experience with Rock Paper Rum.

The appearance of Rock Paper Rum on Shark Tank India garnered significant attention, with Vineeta Singh stepping in as a strategic partner, making a notable investment of INR 50 lakhs. This partnership, along with substantial investments from Mumbai Angels, GSF, Anay Ventures, Ekcle Ventures, and Faad Network, marks a turning point for Good Barrel Distillery, the parent company of Rock Paper Rum.

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During his pitch, Lalit Kalani not only showcased his innovative mixology techniques but also imparted invaluable business wisdom, emphasizing the importance of negotiation, follow-up, and maintaining a positive demeanor in business dealings.

Returning to India after nearly two decades abroad, Lalit Kalani identified a burgeoning market for premium, uniquely flavored rums. Inspired by this revelation and driven by a desire to redefine the Indian spirits landscape, he launched Rock Paper Rum in October 2022.

Crafted with the finest ingredients and distilled to perfection, Rock Paper Rum offers a diverse range of flavors, including Indian Spiced, Coastal White, Zesty Lemon, Roast Coffee, and Tropical Coconut. Each bottle embodies the essence of craftsmanship, delivering a bold, lively, and utterly distinctive taste.

Rock Paper Rum has already made its mark in Mumbai, Goa, Pune, and Nagpur, with plans for expansion into Haryana and Karnataka. Following its appearance on Shark Tank India, the brand has garnered attention from international markets and other states as well.

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Join Lalit Kalani and the Rock Paper Rum team on their extraordinary journey—a celebration of tradition, innovation, and unforgettable experiences.

About Rock Paper Rum:

Rock Paper Rum is a premium rum brand founded by Lalit Kalani, a third-generation entrepreneur. With a commitment to innovation and quality, Rock Paper Rum offers a unique range of handcrafted rums, redefining the standards of rum craftsmanship in India. Each bottle captures the bold, lively spirit of India, delivering an unparalleled drinking experience.


Four Seasons Yachts Sets Sail: Luxurious Itineraries Unveiled

By Nishang Narayan

Published on March 28, 2024

Get ready to embark on a sea voyage like no other with Four Seasons Yachts, the latest venture from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Together with luxury yachting company Marc-Henry Cruise Holdings Ltd and renowned Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, Four Seasons is navigating into the luxurious world of yachting. With the first yacht currently under construction, the inaugural season in 2026 will introduce 10 mesmerising voyages through the Caribbean and Mediterranean's most iconic and hidden destinations.

"We're beyond thrilled to welcome guests aboard the Four Seasons Yachts for an unmatched luxury experience at sea," expressed Alejandro Reynal, President and CEO of Four Seasons. "Our dedication to exceptional service and guest-centricity takes to the waters, promising each journey to be filled with comfort, elegance, and a personal touch."

Starting in the Caribbean, travellers will discover the beauty of Saint Barthélemy, Nevis, the Grenadines, and more, before setting sail to the majestic Mediterranean seas, touching shores in Croatia, Gibraltar, Italy, among others. Designed to adapt to guests' desires, these voyages offer flexibility, exploration, and adventure beyond the conventional.

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The heart of Four Seasons Yachts' luxury lies in its residential-style suites. Collaborating with Tillberg Design of Sweden and Creative Director Prosper Assouline, the yacht's interior is a sanctuary of tranquillity. "We aim to create an environment that's both inviting and extraordinary, providing guests a home away from home amidst the vast seas," shared Fredrik Johannson of Tillberg Design.

Boasting 50% more living space per guest than any competitor at sea, the suites are designed with panoramic views, elegant interiors, and ample private terraces. A notable feature is the suite's innovative modular walls, offering over 100 different connection options for group travellers.

Highlighting the suite offerings are the Funnel and Loft Suites, the yacht's largest accommodations, providing lavish living spaces, splash pools, and unparalleled sea views. The Funnel Suite, a marvel of engineering, spans four levels and is the epitome of luxury at sea.

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Beyond the exquisite suites, guests can indulge in 11 dining options, a luxurious spa, a state-of-the-art marina, and one of the industry's largest stern pools. Four Seasons Yachts not only redefine luxury at sea but also underscore the brand's commitment to excellence and personalised service.

For adventurers and luxury seekers alike, Four Seasons Yachts promises an unrivalled experience, setting a new benchmark for opulence and adventure on the high seas. To express interest in a future sailing or for more information, visit fourseasonsyachts.com.

For media inquiries, please contact Leslie Lefkowitz at LLefkowitz@FourSeasonsYachts.com or Stephanie Moyer at fourseasonscorp@kwtglobal.com.


Dubai's Ambitious Moon Resort: Experience Space Without Leaving Earth

By Nishang Narayan

Published on March 27, 2024

Dreaming of space travel but grounded on Earth? Dubai has a plan to bring the cosmos a little closer to home. The city known for pushing architectural boundaries is now eyeing the stars with a proposed $5 billion Moon resort. This isn't your average hotel; it's a moon-shaped marvel that aims to give guests a taste of space exploration without leaving the planet.

Canada-based Moon World Resorts Inc. is the brain behind this ambitious project, aptly named "MOON." Picture this: a 735-foot-tall structure mimicking Earth's satellite, complete with luxury stays, a lunar surface simulation, and a smorgasbord of earthly delights like spas, nightclubs, and retail spaces.

The highlight? A lunar landscape where guests can feel the thrill of spacewalks, making MOON not just a resort but a bridge to the final frontier. It's an experience designed for space enthusiasts and luxury travellers alike, offering a glimpse into the future of tourism.

Inside MOON, the magic continues with about 300 private residences up for grabs, blending the allure of space with the comfort of home. Each of the 4,000 suites in the lunar orb promises an out-of-this-world stay, with electronic "windows" offering views of, well, whatever you fancy.

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But building a dream this big doesn't come cheap. With a hefty $5 billion price tag, MOON is scouting for visionary investors ready to fund a journey into the next frontier of luxury travel. If successful, Dubai's Moon resort could set a new standard in travel, marrying the mystique of space with the splendour of the Earth.

So, as we venture closer to making space tourism a reality, Dubai's MOON resort stands as a testament to human creativity and ambition. A project that once seemed as distant as the stars is now within reach, promising an adventure that's truly out of this world.

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