Radisson and Radisson Blu's Remarkable Year in Sri Lanka: A Celebration of Hospitality Excellence

Radisson and Radisson Blu's Remarkable Year in Sri Lanka: A Celebration of Hospitality Excellence

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Published on December 23, 2023

Sri Lanka witnessed a triumphant year with the Radisson and Radisson Blu brands, as they commemorated a successful year of operations at their three distinguished properties located in Colombo, Kandy, and Galle. The celebratory event, hosted at Radisson Hotel Colombo, marked not only a milestone but also served as the launchpad for an enticing destination marketing video featuring all three hotels.

Under the adept management of La Vie Hotels & Resorts and owned by Sino Lanka, these hotels have redefined hospitality since their debut in May 2022. The trio, strategically positioned in Colombo, Kandy, and Galle, has become synonymous with a hospitality standard that exceeds expectations, offering warm and attentive staff and carefully curated amenities.

Alan Christie, the Area General Manager overseeing the three properties, expressed heartfelt gratitude to key stakeholders and partners during the celebration. He emphasized that these hotels are more than just places to stay; they are destinations where unforgettable moments are created and cherished memories are made.

Shankar Sreekumar, Head of South & Southeast Asia for La Vie Hotels & Resorts, lauded the cluster hotel teams for driving exceptional performance through effective leadership, a strong cultural foundation, and substantial owner returns in a dynamic year. He also acknowledged the positive trajectory of these three signature hotels under the Radisson Hotel Group portfolio in Sri Lanka.

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Andre de Jong, the Area Senior Vice President for South East Asia and the Pacific at Radisson Hotel Group, extended gratitude to guests and partners, reflecting on the remarkable 18 months since the launch of these three hotels. He eagerly looks forward to strengthening the partnership with Sino Lanka and La Vie Hotels & Resorts, with a continued focus on creating memorable moments for guests and partners alike.

Among the trio, the Radisson Blu Resort Galle stands out as an award-winning destination wedding venue, nestled along a pristine stretch of soft sand. Boasting 172 well-appointed rooms and suites with captivating sea views, a spacious lagoon pool, and a dedicated kids club, the resort recently earned the prestigious Apex Award for the 'Most Scenic Destination Wedding Venue' at the 12th Exotic Wedding Planning Conference in India.

The other two urban hotels, Radisson Hotel Colombo and Radisson Hotel Kandy, offer a modern and comfortable retreat with world-class amenities. Featuring 158 and 122 well-appointed rooms and suites, respectively, they contribute to the collective success story of Radisson and Radisson Blu in Sri Lanka.


IHCL Debuts Ginger Hotel in Nagpur, Expands Presence in Maharashtra

IHCL Debuts Ginger Hotel in Nagpur, Expands Presence in Maharashtra

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 29, 2024

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), a leader in the Indian hospitality sector, has expanded its footprint with the opening of Ginger Nagpur Airport Road. This new establishment reflects IHCL’s strategic initiative to strengthen its presence in India's emerging metropolises and key commercial centers.

Located strategically close to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Airport, Ginger Nagpur Airport Road enjoys proximity to major transport links, including a new metro line servicing the airport. The hotel is part of a mixed-use development that also houses one of the city’s premier shopping malls, placing guests at the nexus of commerce and leisure.

Deepika Rao, Executive Vice President– New Businesses and Hotel Openings at IHCL, stated, "The opening of Ginger Nagpur Airport Road is a pivotal development in our strategic vision to tap into emerging commercial hubs across India. Nagpur’s growing importance as a business and political epicenter makes it an ideal location for our latest Ginger property."

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The 86-key hotel boasts a design philosophy that combines luxury with practicality, catering to both business and leisure travelers. Facilities include 'Qmin', a signature all-day diner offering a mix of global and local cuisines, a swimming pool, a state-of-the-art gym, and a meeting room for business events.

With this new addition, IHCL now operates 34 hotels in Maharashtra, including 11 under development, spanning its Taj, Vivanta, SeleQtions, and Ginger brands. This expansion not only enhances IHCL's service offerings in the state but also reinforces its commitment to growth and excellence in the hospitality industry.

For more information about Ginger Nagpur Airport Road and to make reservations, please visit IHCL Hotels.


Yatra Online Innovates with AI-Powered Expense Management Solution for Enhanced Business Efficiency

Yatra Online Innovates with AI-Powered Expense Management Solution for Enhanced Business Efficiency

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 29, 2024

Yatra Online, a leader in corporate travel services in India, has launched a next-generation AI-powered expense management solution, marking a significant advancement in how businesses handle both travel and non-travel expenses. The solution leverages GenAI, a cutting-edge Large Language Model (LLM), which outperforms traditional OCR technologies in receipt analysis, ensuring higher accuracy and efficiency.

Dhruv Shringi, CEO of Yatra Online, emphasized the platform's ability to adapt to the evolving needs of businesses, stating, "Our Expense Management Solution is designed to grow with our clients, offering scalability and flexibility as their businesses evolve."

This innovative platform serves as a one-stop solution for corporate travel needs, including bookings for flights, hotels, and car rentals, and integrates seamlessly with existing ERP systems to enhance data flow and operational efficiency. The inclusion of an integrated Power BI dashboard allows for in-depth expense analysis, enabling businesses to make informed decisions and optimize spending.

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The mobile app, available for both Android and iOS, allows for on-the-go management of expenses. Key features include expense creation and approval, reimbursement tracking, and the ability to generate expenses automatically from UPI transactions.

With more than 800 corporates already utilizing Yatra's AI-powered expense management tool, the platform is set to become an indispensable resource for businesses aiming to enhance their expense management processes and overall operational efficiency.

For more details on Yatra Online's offerings and the AI-powered expense management solution, visit Yatra Online.


The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts Advances Hospitality Leadership with New Upskilling Program

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts Advances Hospitality Leadership with New Upskilling Program

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 29, 2024

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, renowned for its luxurious offerings, has launched the Leela Leadership Development Programme (LLDP) – Class of 2025. This initiative is a strategic move to cultivate future leaders in the hospitality sector. The program kicked off on May 19 with a new batch of candidates at The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel and Residences.

In collaboration with the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) and Les Roches, a global leader in hospitality education, the LLDP offers a robust 15-month curriculum. Participants engage in a mix of boot camps, classroom sessions, online courses, and practical experiences across various Leela properties.

Anuraag Bhatnagar, CEO of The Leela, emphasized the program's role in fostering a legacy of excellence within the hospitality industry. "Through the Leela Leadership Development Programme and our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity initiatives, we are crafting a pathway for aspiring hospitality professionals to reach their potential and lead the industry forward," he stated.

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The LLDP aims not only to enhance skills but also to fast-track participants into managerial roles, preparing them to handle the complexities of luxury hospitality management. Since its inception in May 2022, the program has already seen two cohorts graduate, poised to make significant contributions to the industry.

Further enriching its commitment to inclusivity, The Leela has also expanded its training initiatives with the Shefs at The Leela programme, launched in 2022 to inspire and support women in culinary arts. This has evolved into a comprehensive development program, aiming to diversify talent in professional kitchens and empower female chefs globally.

For more information about The Leela's educational and professional development offerings, visit The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts.

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