Celebrating Elegance and Innovation: WeddingSutra Grand Engage 2023 at InterContinental Jaipur, Tonk Road

Celebrating Elegance and Innovation: WeddingSutra Grand Engage 2023 at InterContinental Jaipur, Tonk Road

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Published on December 26, 2023

In a grand showcase of the latest wedding trends and insights, the WeddingSutra Grand Engage 2023 unfolded at InterContinental Jaipur, Tonk Road, from December 12th to 14th. This two-day extravaganza gathered esteemed professionals from the wedding industry, fostering meaningful discussions, networking, and immersive experiences.

Mr. Sudeep Jain, Managing Director of IHG Hotels & Resorts, expressed enthusiasm about hosting the IHG Wedding Showcase 2023 in collaboration with Wedding Sutra. The event highlighted IHG's expansive presence across 20+ cities in India and 6000+ global destinations, solidifying its position as a key player in the celebrations space. Jain emphasized the exceptional value offered through IHG Business Rewards, a B2B loyalty program providing valuable opportunities for earning reward points redeemable for hotel stays and more.

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Nalin Mandiratta, General Manager of Intercontinental Jaipur, shared valuable insights during a panel discussion on the rising popularity of hometown weddings. Mandiratta highlighted the importance of convenient locations for grandparents and how this factor contributes to the resurgence of hometown weddings. Moderated by Parthip Thyagarajan, WeddingSutra CEO and co-founder, panel discussions covered diverse topics such as homegrown brands in the wedding space and the evolving food preferences of Millennials and Gen Z.

The event featured key speakers like Srikant Kanoi, Co-founder of Ethereal Celebration Management, Pritesh Sharma, Founder of Mapsor Experiential Weddings, and Ashima Arora, Owner of Aroosi Events. The panels delved into the dynamic landscape of weddings in India, providing valuable perspectives for industry professionals. The afternoon concluded with a creatively designed mehndi mela, showcasing the inventive skills of wedding influencers.

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The evenings added a musical vibe with performances by Luna Band and live music by Anish Chabbra and DJ Shann V Gidwani at the Gala Dinner. Showcase partners, including SEREKO Skincare, True Elements, Library of Nuts, Morning Fresh, Elixir Wellness, Molly Moo Ice Cream, SEVA Home, Souk Life, The Paan Story, and Zealo Foods, enhanced the event with interactive stalls.

Internationally recognized for iconic brands like Six Senses, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn, IHG Hotels & Resorts has been a preferred choice for wedding venues. Their all-inclusive approach and customizable options for wedding and pre-wedding events make IHG a go-to destination for couples seeking a memorable wedding experience.

The WeddingSutra Grand Engage 2023 at InterContinental Jaipur, Tonk Road, stood as a testament to the elegance and innovation prevalent in the wedding industry. With industry professionals collaborating and sharing their expertise, the event provided attendees with a unique opportunity to explore the latest trends, gain insights, and connect with like-minded individuals.


IHG Expands Vignette Collection with 12 Unique Hotels Globally in 2024

IHG Expands Vignette Collection with 12 Unique Hotels Globally in 2024

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 15, 2024

IHG Hotels & Resorts is on an ambitious path to enhance its luxury and lifestyle segment, the Vignette Collection, with the opening of 12 diverse properties worldwide in 2024. This move follows the recent launch of The Halyard Liverpool, the first Vignette Collection hotel in the UK, setting the stage for the brand's global expansion.

The Vignette Collection is renowned for its carefully chosen properties, each offering distinct experiences that reflect their unique locations—from bustling city centres to serene beachfronts. The upcoming year promises exciting additions, including the Shanghai Snow World Hotel, part of the world's largest indoor ski park, and Verno House in Budapest, which offers views over Liberty Square.

Each hotel in the Vignette Collection is committed to sustainability and social responsibility, aligning with IHG’s “Journey to Tomorrow” initiative. The properties actively engage in "A Means For Good" programs, collaborating with local organisations to impact positively on society.

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Furthermore, these hotels provide guests with memorable experiences that connect them deeply with local culture. For instance, Convent Square Lisbon offers a traditional Portuguese tea ceremony, while Yours Truly DC in Washington, D.C., invites guests to select music from the hotel’s vinyl collection to personalise their stay.

Tom Rowntree, IHG's Vice President of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, commented on the expansion, stating, "Vignette Collection's growth highlights our focus on integrating one-of-a-kind hotels into our portfolio, each with a unique story but united under IHG's commitment to excellence and sustainability."

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Scheduled openings include Arabella Beach Hotel in Kuwait and Velero Doha in Qatar in spring 2024, followed by summer and autumn debuts in Hungary and China, respectively. The year will cap off with the opening of Rumah Luwih Bali in Indonesia and Dinso Resort & Villas Koh Chang in Thailand.

This expansion not only strengthens IHG’s global presence but also enhances the brand’s appeal to travellers seeking authenticity and luxury in their accommodations.


Hilton Set to Expand Its Canadian Hotel Operations by 50%

Hilton Set to Expand Its Canadian Hotel Operations by 50%

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 15, 2024

Hilton, a global leader in the hotel industry, is set to significantly boost its footprint in Canada. With 180 hotels already serving guests and 90 more slated for development, the company is poised to increase its Canadian operations by 50% over the next five years.

Jeff Cury, Hilton's Senior Director of Development in Canada, highlighted the company's strategy, saying, "Our goal is to extend our reach to every province, enhancing the travel experience with both our established and upcoming brands." In 2023 alone, Hilton inked deals for 20 new locations, signalling robust growth and a strong commitment to the Canadian market.

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The expansion plan includes the introduction of the Spark by Hilton and Motto by Hilton brands to the Canadian market by 2024. Hilton's development is not just in numbers but also in diversity, with a tripling of its lifestyle category hotels in key cities like Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Niagara Falls by 2028.

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Hilton's growth is largely fueled by its focused-service brands, which constitute over 60% of its new projects in Canada. This segment saw the addition of five new hotels in 2023. Additionally, the extended-stay category continues to thrive, led by the Home2 Suites by Hilton brand. This sector currently includes over 30 operational properties and 20 more in development, showing significant owner interest and market momentum.

This ambitious expansion underscores Hilton's commitment to offering a variety of lodging options for both business and leisure travellers in sought-after destinations across Canada.


Maldives Steps Up Efforts to Attract Indian Tourists with Road Shows

Maldives Steps Up Efforts to Attract Indian Tourists with Road Shows

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 15, 2024

The Maldives tourism sector, once a top choice for Indian holidaymakers, is making concerted efforts to win back travellers from India. This push comes after the island nation observed a significant decline in Indian visitors, spurred by a social media incident where Maldivian officials made derogatory comments about India and its Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

The Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) is spearheading this initiative by planning to conduct road shows in several major Indian cities. These events aim to mend ties and promote the Maldives as an ideal vacation spot. In addition, MATATO has expressed a desire to enhance tourism collaboration with India during discussions with India's high commissioner in the Maldives, Munu Mahawar.

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Despite traditionally being one of the Maldives' largest tourist markets, India recently fell to the sixth position in terms of visitor numbers, overtaken by countries like China and the United Kingdom. To address this, MATATO is not only focusing on road shows but also planning influencer and media familiarisation trips in the upcoming months.

This renewed focus on attracting Indian tourists is part of a broader strategy to strengthen bilateral ties and boost the tourism sector, which is crucial for the Maldives' economy. The initiative reflects both nations' interests in maintaining strong travel and tourism relations, despite recent political tensions.

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