Japan Welcomes IHG's Garner Hotels: A Milestone in Midscale Hospitality

Japan Welcomes IHG's Garner Hotels: A Milestone in Midscale Hospitality

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Published on January 23, 2024

IHG, a titan in the hospitality industry, is gearing up to widen its horizons in Japan with the introduction of its first Garner branded properties. This strategic move, detailed in a press release on HospitalityNet, marks a significant expansion of IHG's portfolio in the Land of the Rising Sun.

A Strategic Partnership for Expansion

The expansion is set to take place in the latter half of this year, starting with three properties in Osaka, which will contribute over 500 rooms to IHG's growing Japanese estate. This venture springs from a letter of intent signed between IHG and Axe Management Partners, symbolising Garner's highly anticipated debut in Japan.

Sam Lau on the Japan Market

Sam Lau, the founder and managing partner of Axe Management Partners, expressed strong confidence in the Japanese real estate and hospitality sectors. He sees a continuous robust market trend and plans further investments in various asset classes, including hospitality, to augment their global portfolio.

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Enhancing the Osaka Properties

Before rebranding under Garner, the three Osaka properties will undergo extensive renovations. These updates aim to elevate the guest experience from arrival to departure, touching upon common areas and guest rooms. This transformation is in line with Garner's ethos, which prioritises guest convenience and value.

Garner's Promise: Comfort and Connectivity

Garner's properties in Osaka will provide an array of guest-focused benefits, such as complimentary breakfast, lobby coffee, and round-the-clock access to snacks at the Garner Shop. Furthermore, guests can enjoy the perks of the IHG One Rewards programme, which includes late check-out, room upgrades, and Milestone Rewards.

Garner's Ambitious Growth Plan

Launched in August 2023, Garner targets a massive expansion, aiming for over 500 hotels in the next decade and 1,000 properties in the following 20 years. The brand made its debut with a hotel in Seattle and now, with its first international letter of intent for Japan, it’s set to become a global player in the midscale hotel segment.

Prime Locations in Osaka

The upcoming Garner hotels in Osaka boast prime locations near key attractions and transport hubs. They are conveniently situated close to the Midosuji shopping street, Dotonbori entertainment area, and Honmachi Station, making them ideal for both leisure and business travellers. Additionally, their proximity to Kansai International and Itami airports, and the 2025 World Expo site on Yumeshima Island, adds to their appeal.

As IHG embarks on this exciting new chapter with Garner in Japan, it’s clear that they are not just opening hotels – they are creating gateways to experiences, comfort, and connectivity, catering to the needs and expectations of modern travellers.


IHCL Signs Its Fifth Ginger Hotel in Thane, Expanding Presence in MMR

IHCL Signs Its Fifth Ginger Hotel in Thane, Expanding Presence in MMR

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 17, 2024

Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), India’s largest hospitality company, today announced the signing of its fifth Ginger branded hotel in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region of Thane, Maharashtra. This greenfield project embodies Ginger’s lean luxe design philosophy, offering guests the perfect blend of work and leisure in vibrant, contemporary spaces.

"The signing of our fifth Ginger hotel in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) in Thane aligns with IHCL’s strategic vision of expanding its presence in key urban centres in India. Thane with its rapid development has emerged as a residential and commercial hub in Maharashtra. We are delighted to collaborate with Jagdale Infrastructure Private Limited for this new hotel." - Suma Venkatesh, Executive Vice President – Real Estate & Development, IHCL

The 200-key Ginger Thane is located in the heart of the business district in close proximity to retail centres. The hotel features Qmin, the signature all-day diner presenting a delightful array of global and local favorites along with a bar. Additionally, it will offer modern amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness centre along with over 2000 sq. ft banquet hall and well-equipped meeting rooms.

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“We are delighted to join forces with IHCL for this new project. We look forward to bringing the vibrant brand of Ginger to a new address in Thane.” - Rahul Jagdale & Rohit Jagdale, Directors, Jagdale Infrastructure Private Limited

Thane in MMR is home to numerous IT parks, businesses, and shopping centres, making it a significant destination for both business and leisure travellers.

With the addition of this hotel, IHCL will have 35 hotels including 12 under development in Maharashtra.

About The Owner

Jagdale Group, headed by Mr. Rahul Jagdale and Mr. Rohit Jagdale, has been in the real estate business since 1985 and has developed more than 1.5 million sq. ft. of residential and commercial spaces in MMR.

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About The Indian Hotels Company Limited

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the iconic brand for the most discerning travellers and ranked as World’s Strongest Hotel Brand 2024 and India’s Strongest Brand 2024 as per Brand Finance; SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels; Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels; and Ginger, which is revolutionising the lean luxe segment.

Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel – The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 326 hotels including 102 under development globally across 4 continents, 13 countries and in over 130 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is India’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization. It is listed on the BSE and NSE.


Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Expands In India With A Strategic Brand Partnership With The MRS Group Of Hotels

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Expands In India With A Strategic Brand Partnership With The MRS Group Of Hotels

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 16, 2024

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) proudly announces its expansion into the vibrant Indian subcontinent through a strategic partnership with The MRS Group of Hotels. This collaboration signifies the entrance of an independent hotel group in India, renowned for its bespoke collection of boutique hotels, into the distinguished ranks of SLH, elevating their status as pioneers of contemporary Indian hospitality on the international scene.

The MRS Group of Hotels, dedicated to sharing a deep appreciation for diverse landscapes, cultures, and stories with the global traveller, currently encompasses award-winning brands such as Suryagarh in Jaisalmer, Narendra Bhawan in Bikaner, and Mary Budden Estate in Binsar. Each hotel serves as a gateway to India’s rich, diverse, and extraordinary heritage, offering thoughtfully designed experiences that authentically reflect the character of their locations. This partnership allows The MRS Group of Hotels to leverage SLH’s expansive global distribution network and marketing capabilities, showcasing their unique offerings to an international audience seeking exceptional and memorable experiences.

“We are incredibly proud to be the first independent hotel chain in India to partner with SLH, a brand synonymous with luxury and exceptional hospitality. This alliance not only highlights our dedication to reimagining hospitality in India but also amplifies our mission to offer travellers thoughtfully designed experiences that are rooted in our rich heritage and distinctive service. We are excited to embark on this journey with SLH, aiming to enhance our global presence and enrich the travel adventures of our guests,” said Karan Singh Vaid, President of The MRS Group of Hotels.

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“We are thrilled to re-establish the SLH brand in India with a distinguished brand partner like The MRS Group of Hotels. Their brand philosophy aligns perfectly with our conscious travel journey towards sustainability and conservation. We are looking forward to sharing their bespoke experiences through our storytelling channels and global distribution networks,” remarked Mark Wong, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

This strategic partnership represents a significant step forward for both The MRS Group of Hotels and the Indian hospitality sector. By bringing together the unique attributes and distinctive service of The MRS Group of Hotels with the global reach and esteemed reputation of SLH, this collaboration opens new avenues for unparalleled hospitality experiences, redefining bespoke luxury travel.

The union with SLH includes the integration of the following hotels in SLH’s carefully selected collection:

  • Suryagarh Jaisalmer

  • Narendra Bhawan Bikaner

  • Mary Budden Estate Binsar (soon to be live on SLH channels)

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The MRS Group of Hotels benefits from SLH’s exclusive partnership with Hilton. From today, Hilton Honors members, the award-winning guest loyalty program, can earn and redeem Points for SLH stays and enjoy exclusive benefits, including free WiFi and a guaranteed member discount. Gold and Diamond members will enjoy space-available room upgrades and continental breakfast for up to two guests.

This alliance between The MRS Group of Hotels and SLH is set to enrich the SLH portfolio while offering guests an exclusive gateway to the heart of India’s luxurious hospitality and its storied legacy.


Sterling Holiday Resorts Expands Presence with 3rd Resort in Udaipur

Sterling Holiday Resorts Expands Presence with 3rd Resort in Udaipur

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 16, 2024

Sterling Holiday Resorts, India’s leading leisure hospitality brand, proudly announces the opening of Sterling Aravalli Udaipur in Rajasthan. This marks the third resort in the royal city of Udaipur and the sixth in the state of Rajasthan.

The resort, set amidst 2.5 acres of landscaped outdoors with fantastic views of the Aravalli Hills, has been purpose-built as an iconic destination wedding venue in the renowned destination wedding capital – Udaipur. With 40,000 sq.ft of manicured lush-green lawns and multiple banquet venues that can accommodate up to 5000 plus guests for multiple pre/post ceremonies, the resort is ideal for a lavish destination wedding.

The resort can also be booked in its entirety for an intimate and exclusive wedding, providing complete privacy and total flexibility to the wedding party. With live streaming, engaging fun games and activities for the guests, curated theme decors, a choice of grand menus, and dedicated wedding managers to take care of all the details from planning to execution of the wedding, the guests can relax and enjoy the momentous occasion.

Sterling Aravalli Udaipur is inspired by the unique haveli architecture that is synonymous with palatial Rajasthani design, with jharokhas adorning the façade and inner walls. The 67 well-appointed large rooms and suites include Classic Rooms, Haveli Rooms, Premier Rooms with pool views, spacious Privilege Suites overlooking the Aravalli ranges, and a Four Bedroom Haveli Suite that pay homage to the region’s vintage architectural style.

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A fine dining vegetarian restaurant, ‘Airavat’, is the trendsetter in signature Rajasthani cuisine along with popular global favourites. The swimming pool in the centre courtyard and the soon-to-be-unveiled Signature Spa and Lounge Bar offer additional opportunities for relaxation and entertainment, further enhancing the experience for the guests.

“We are delighted to launch Sterling Aravalli Udaipur. Udaipur is a pivotal leisure destination in the country. With three resorts in Udaipur, we now have offerings for multiple segments including leisure, conferences, and destination weddings. We are glad to have strengthened our footprint in the crown jewel of Indian tourism with our sixth resort in the state of Rajasthan,” said Vikram Lalvani, Managing Director & CEO, Sterling Holiday Resorts Ltd.

“It is a great moment for us to have Sterling Aravalli Udaipur join the bouquet of Sterling resorts. Our resort is a landmark destination when it comes to its grandeur of design and its facilities. We are thrilled to be partnering with Sterling and look forward to developing the destination together,” said Mr. Raj Kumar Bapna, Owner, Sterling Aravalli Udaipur.

Sterling’s existing properties in Rajasthan also include Sterling Jaisinghgarh Udaipur, Sterling Balicha Udaipur, Sterling Mount Abu, Sterling Rewild Sariska, and Sterling Pushkar.

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About Sterling Holiday Resorts Ltd.

Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited is a leading hospitality company in India that owns and manages 50 resorts, hotels, and retreats across 45 iconic destinations. The company caters to leisure stays, meetings and conferences (MICE), destination weddings, reunions, picnics, and group travel. Under its brands – Sterling & Nature Trails, the company offers a network of hotels across hills, beaches, jungles, waterfront, adventure, heritage, pilgrimage, and drive-to locations.

Currently, Sterling has resorts at some of the best holiday destinations in India, including Alleppey, Anaikatti, Athirappilly, Corbett, Chail, Darjeeling, Dehradun, Gangtok, Gir, Goa, Godavari, Guruvayur, Haridwar, Kalimpong, Kanha, Karwar, Kodaikanal, Kufri, Lonavala, Madurai, Manali, Mount Abu, Munnar, Mussoorie, Nainital, Ooty, Panchgani, Pench, Puri, Pushkar, Rishikesh, Sariska, Shimla, Srinagar, Thekkady, Tiruvannamalai, Udaipur, Vythiri, Wayanad, Yelagiri, and Yercaud.

Nature Trails operates eco-adventure retreats at three unique destinations in Maharashtra: Durshet, Kundalika, and Sajan. Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited is a part of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited and is a 100% independently managed, wholly-owned subsidiary of Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL), India’s leading integrated travel and travel-related financial services.

For more information and bookings, log on to www.sterlingholidays.com.

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