37.5% to its GDP and will support over 750,000 jobs by 2020
Latest Oxford Economics Report examines continued impact of
aviation sector on Dubaiâs economy and projects continued growth beyond
Emirates airline, Dubai Airports and the aviation sector as
a whole contributed $26.7 billion to the Dubai economy in 2013, which was
almost 27% of Dubaiâs GDP and supported a total of 416,500 jobs accounting for
21% of the emiratesâ total employment. These figures were based on the latest
report âQuantifying the Economic Impact of Aviation in Dubaiâ conducted by
global research firm, Oxford Economics, as a follow-up to a 2011 study done by
the same firm.
The objective of the report was to quantify the economic
impact of the aviation sector and its subsequent Dubai-based supply chain. In
addition, the report explains the benefits that aviation brought to Dubaiâs
economy in 2013 in terms of gross value added (GVA)** and employment, and
provides forecasts for the sector and its knock-on effects in 2020 and 2030.
The report re-affirms aviationâs growing significance as a
major engine of economic development, and its far-reaching contributions to
other industries as a catalyst for a spectrum of economic activity.
âDubaiâs success stems from a clear vision, careful
planning, and collaborative execution. It is no accident that we are a global
aviation hub today. It has taken us years to build up the critical competencies
and infrastructure that we have today, and we now have a solid base on which to
further develop. We will continue to take a consensus-based approach to
infrastructure investment, embrace open competition, and focus on opening up
and connecting markets through efficient operations. At the end, we want Dubai
to be the top choice for international travellers and traders - as a
destination, and as a transport hub,â said HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum,
Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, Chairman of Dubai
Airports and President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.
Core impact of aviation: It is estimated that the aviation
sector, including the Emirates Group, Dubai Airports, and other aviation
businesses such as airlines flying into Dubai, regulatory authorities and Dubai
Duty Free, had a core impact of US$16.5 billion GVA in 2013. This includes
direct, indirect and induced contributions and is equal to 16.5% of Dubaiâs GDP,
supporting over 259,000 Dubai based jobs.
Moreover, for every $100 of activity in the aviation sector,
a further $72 is added in other sectors of the local economy from supply chain
connections and expenditures. For every 100 jobs created in aviation, an additional
116 jobs are created elsewhere in Dubai.
Tourism benefits: Aviation has proved to be an indispensable
catalyst for the growth of Dubaiâs tourism industry. Tourism and travel
activities in 2013 had an economic impact of $10.2 billion GVA supporting a
further 157,100 jobs. In 2013, Dubai welcomed nearly 10 million non-UAE
visitors who spent $13 billion, accounting for around 1% of foreign visitor
spend globally that year. The success of Dubai as a destination has been a
public and private effort to invest in world-class aviation and tourism
infrastructure to support the influx of visitors. The results have paid
dividends and Dubai currently captures a 0.4% share of the worldâs business and
tourism traffic, double the share it had in 2000.
Connectivity: One of Dubaiâs greatest assets is its enhanced
connectivity. In 2013, Oxford estimated that passengers could connect from
Dubai to 25 cities (or 81% of world cities) with populations of over 10 million
people. Overall, Dubai had direct passenger flight connections to 149 cities
with populations of over 1 million people, creating potential export markets of
over 916 million people, or 13% of the worldâs population. Cargo tonnage
between 1990-2013 handled in Dubai has grown on average of 13.5% per year, compared
to global average trade volumes of 5.6% per year.
The passenger and cargo connectivity provided from Dubai has
positively impacted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and trade. It also has
provided greater access to foreign markets, encouraging exports, and increasing
competition in the local economy, benefiting consumers.
Economic benefits in 2020 and 2030
Between 2014 and 2020, the contribution of the aviation
sector to Dubaiâs economy is expected to grow at a faster rate than the economy
as a whole, on the back of strong growth in international passenger traffic and
cargo. The sectorâs airline and airport capacity continues to expand to
accommodate for growing demand.
Using industry growth forecasts and modelling projections
based on current expansion plans for Dubai International (DXB) and Al Maktoum
International at Dubai World Central (DWC), it is estimated that the overall
economic impact of both aviation and tourism related activities will rise to a
robust $53.1 billion in 2020. This will be equivalent to 37.5% of Dubaiâs GDP,
supporting over 754,500 Dubai-based jobs.
By 2020, it is estimated that Emirates will fly 70 million
passengers, and the airline and its partners are already progressing plans for
the right infrastructure to be in place to support and capitalise on passenger
growth. The same year, Dubai expects to welcome over 20 million visitors for
Expo 2020. Projects to support the six month mega-event in Dubai are already
underway. This includes a sizable increase in airport capacity which
encompasses expansion of airspace, airfield, stands and terminal areas to allow
Dubai International to accommodate 60% more aircraft stands by 2015, and
service 90 million passengers by 2018. By 2020, Dubai International is
estimated to receive 126.5 million passengers, almost 30% higher than its
original 2010 assessments.
Looking further ahead, the total economic impact of aviation
by 2030 is projected to grow to $88.1 billion and will support 1,194,700 jobs.
A summary of the report and the full Oxford Economics
report, âQuantifying the Economic Impact of Aviation in Dubai,â can be found
*The Oxford Economics Report only quantifies the direct,
indirect, induced and tourism benefits, and do not attempt to put a value on
âconnectivity benefitsâ as in the 2011 report Explaining Dubaiâs Aviation
Model. For comparison, the direct, indirect, induced and tourism benefits in
the 2011 report totalled US$19.6 billion, or 24% of GDP.
**Gross Value Added (GVA) is defined as the contribution an
institution, company or industry makes to Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The sum
of GVA contributions of all Dubai organizations is equal to Dubai GDP. In
simple terms GVA is understood as turnover minus the cost of bought-in goods and
services used in the production process.
Resource efficiency, conservation, and new technologies are
the focus of a new international partnership on sustainable tourism
A new international programme that aims to catalyze a shift
to more sustainable tourism over the next decade was launched at the World
Travel Market in London this week.
The Sustainable Tourism Programme of the Ten-Year Framework
of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) will
be led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) of the United Nations and the
Governments of France, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Korea, with
the support of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which hosts the
Tourism is today one of the largest and fastest-growing
economic sectors in the world. It contributes 9 per cent to global GDP,
accounts for one in 11 jobs worldwide, and for 6 per cent of global exports. By
2030, UNWTO forecasts that there will be 1.8 billion international tourism
If not sustainably managed however, tourism can deplete
natural resources leading to water shortages, loss of biodiversity, land
degradation and contribute to climate change and pollution, among other
impacts. Tourismâs contribution to global warming is estimated at 5 per cent of
global CO2 emissions.
UNEPâs 2011 Green Economy Report reveals that under a
âbusiness-as-usualâ scenario, projected tourism growth rates to 2050 will
result in increases in energy consumption by 154 per cent, greenhouse gas
emissions by 131 per cent, water consumption by 152 per cent, and solid waste
disposal by 251 per cent.
âAs tourism continues to grow, so too will the pressures on
the environment and wildlife. Without proper management and protection, as well
as investments in greening the sector, ecosystems and thousands of magnificent
species will suffer,â said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive
Director Achim Steiner.
"Tourism has been identified by UNEP as one of the ten economic
sectors best able to contribute to the transition to a sustainable and
inclusive green economy. This important initiative is about steering the
industry onto a truly sustainable path -- one that echoes to the challenge of
our time: namely the fostering of a global Green Economy that thrives on the
interest, rather than the capital, of our economically important nature-based
assets." he added.
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said, âAs the leading
organization for tourism, the World Tourism Organization seeks to maximize
tourismâs contribution to development while minimizing its negative impacts.
UNWTO is pleased to be at the helm of such an important initiative and to be
collaborating with governments and institutions to implement the 10YFP Sustainable
For example, in the Galapagos Islands and Palau, visitors
pay an entry tax to protected areas, which are sometimes referred to as âgreen
feesâ. The revenues generated from these fees - which in Palauâs case is US$1.3
million annually since 2009 - are used to support conservation and sustainable
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developmentâs
(OECD) Tourism Trends and Policies 2012, reports that, as the importance of the
tourism sector continues to grow in OECD countries, the greatest challenge to
achieving sustainable tourism is horizontal and vertical policy coordination.
Addressing these challenges is the mandate of the 10YFP
Sustainable Tourism Programme as it strives to achieve major shifts in tourism
policies and stimulate greater sustainability within the tourism supply chain. A
collaborative initiative, the programme aims to improve resource efficiency,
management effectiveness, and the use of new technologies to promote
sustainable consumption and production patterns in this key sector.
As the most visited tourism destination in the world, France
highly values the preservation of its rich culture and natural heritage. This
is fundamental to maintain the quality of a destination which receives 85
million tourists a year.
Building on its support to sustainable tourism, as former
Chair of the International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism Development, and
former Chair of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, France will
pursue its commitment by co-leading this programme. Franceâs experience in this
regard will be of benefit to the 10YFP and partners in this important
Dr Lahcen Haddad, Minister of Tourism for the Kingdom of
Morocco, emphasises that the aim of Moroccoâs new Vision 2020 is to make the
country one of the worldâs top 20 tourism destinations, making it a model of
sustainable tourism development in the Mediterranean.
âThis ambitious strategy aims to capitalize on and preserve
our natural and cultural advantages so that their exploitation yields the most
sustainable social and economic benefits for all stakeholders,â said Minister
âBy taking this proactive role, Morocco seeks to establish
itself as a leading sustainable tourism destination in the Mediterranean.
Morocco is committed to the 10YFP and has been since our active participation
in the work of the International Task Force and its successor, the âGlobal
Partnership for Sustainable Tourismâ.
Morocco served as the Chair of this Partnership since 2013
and is delighted to be a co-lead of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme.â
Ms. Hyeri Han, Deputy Director of the International Tourism
Division of Koreaâs Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, one of the
Programmeâs co-Leads said, âThe Government of the Republic of Korea already
integrates principles of sustainability into its tourism policies and is
accelerating programme implementation nationally, with the intention of
offering best practices and lessons learned on sustainable tourism.â
Korea has been committed to the promotion of global
sustainable tourism and actively supported the process of the inclusion of
âsustainable tourismâ in the Rio+20 outcome document.
The finalists of the 11th UNWTO Ulysses Awards for
Innovation in Tourism, one of the three categories in the annual UNWTO Awards
for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, have been announced at Madrid on December
Every year since 2003, the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and
Innovation in Tourism have honored tourism initiatives that contribute to
advance tourism through knowledge and innovation, in line with the principles
of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the Un ...
The 2013 UNWTO and WTM MinistersÂ´
Summit at the World Travel Market (WTM) will put a spotlight on the essential
connection between air transport and tourism, debating the challenges and
opportunities of promoting higher policy coordination between aviation and
Air transport, being an important
factor in outbound or inbound tourism, plays a vital role in foreign tourist
arrival in India. Therefore, the discussions on the matter must be considered
as important for the tourism industry in the country. New alliances with
tourism boards and airlines all around the world is neededto boost the business. The International Air
Transport Association (IATA) called on all partners and stakeholders involved
in passenger travel to work together to deliver greater value to passengers.
This is a remarkable decision that will encourage travellers all around the
world to visit foreign countries.
Air travel is one of the major
part, travellers worried about in their journey. Addressing their issues is the
most important thing for the sector to grow their business. According to IATA
Director General and CEO, Mr. Tony Tyler, Aviation makes possible $2.2 trillion
worth of economic activity and supports about 57 million jobs around the globe.
Every day more than 8 million passengers take advantage of the safety, speed
and convenience of air travel. Therefore, any new strategy implemented will
work as a catalyst that makes big changes.
The alliances by airlines also
play a major part in air transport. The recent joining of Qatar Airways in
âOneworldâ shows a positive approach by major airlines that hold major part of
the market share. These alliances give the consumer better offers, which
encourage them to travel frequently. The initiatives by WTM and IATA are
expected to give new possibilities for air transport and tourism to grow
together. Let's hope for a better connected world that encourages people to
travel and make the tourism industry to grow to a new level.
Insight Vacations Announces New Appointment of General Sales
Agent in India
Signature Tours by Creative Travel will promote Europe &
US Tours for Insight
Insight Vacations (www.insightvacations.com) has announced
the new appointment of a General Sales Agent for its Europe and US escorted
journeys. Signature Tours by Creative Travel. âSignature Toursâ is the outbound
holidays division of Creative Travel, one of Indiaâs most we ...
Limited-time special Ice World Package available now
The VenetianÂŽ Macao,
one of the most sought after theme resort in Macau, is launching its newest
hotel promotion, the Ice World Package, offering hotel guests exciting
benefits, including entry to the exclusive ice sculpture exhibition - Ice World
with the DreamWorks Gang, to take advantage of the winter holidays and spirit.
Travellers wondering where to cosy up this winter can h ...
The Hobbiton Movie
Set is known to be a magical experience as visitors traverse The Shire depicted
in the Peter Jackson directed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.
The Hobbiton Movie Set - an idyllic landscape of green
rolling hills and lovingly tended farmland, where Hobbit Holes are framed by
wild flowers and bumbling bees - is a glorious experience for Tolkien fans and
tourists. So much so it has grown to become one ...
Christmas is just around the corner and wine lovers are in
for a Fratelli kind of treat. Known for excellence in wines, Fratelli has
recently launched the SETTE 2010, a SUPERTUSCAN blend from Fratelliâs most
premium category. This sumptuous red wine which leaves one with a warm and
toasty feeling is the perfect pick to add a thrill to winter festivities.
A signature blend of legendry wine maker Piero Masi, Creator
Fratelli Wines, SETTE ...
Earnings (FEEs) from tourism in Rupees terms in November, 2013 increased
by 7.26% to Rs.10,429 crore as compared
to Rs.9723 crore in November, 2012.
Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in November, 2013 was 7.18 lakh as
against 7.01 lakh in November 2012 showing a growth of 1.41%.
The following are
some of the important highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during
the month of November, 2013:
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Working in partnership with ibtm america exhibitors, the new
format 2015 event is in the process of recruiting buyers who exhibitors have
specifically requested according to their business objectives. Registrations
are currently being qualified and already represent some of the leading
associations across the US including: Association for Education in Journalism
and Mass Co ...
Instituto TecnolĂłgico Hotelero (ITH) and the Spanish International Tourism
Trade Fair (FITUR), the International Travel Media Meeting-ITMM@Fiturtech2014
-to take place on Thursday January 23rd 2014 at FITUR, Madrid, Spain will
gather international and Spanish journalists specialized in tech and travel
industry to advance influence and changes technology may bring to tourism
Key international and Spanish travel and technology ...
RezNext Global Solutions, the worldâs leading real-time
distribution company has announced that it has raised $5 Millionof funding from
New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), one of the worldâs largest and most
active venture capital firms, to further accelerate the companyâs already
impressive growth and customer success.
RezNext offers the best in distribution technology for
hotels in a real-time environment, helping hotels demyst ...
Award presented at Franchise Indiaâs 5th Annual SME &
Small Business Awards
Ezeego1.com, India's leading online travel portal has been
awarded âTravel & Tourism Business of the Yearâ at The 5th Annual SME &
Small Business Awards presented by Franchise India. These awards recognize
unparalleled excellence in micro, small and medium businesses across India. The
award ceremony took place on November 27, 2014 at The Lal ...
Genie is an initiative by Meru Cab Company to make a safe
and reliable travel experience available to the people of Hyderabad. It is a
brand new, professional, pocket friendly Air conditioned cabs service which intends to revolutionize
the regular city travel. Genie Cabs fleet would inherit many of Meru Cabsâ
technological advancements and hence ensure a safe, professional and extremely
efficient service at affordable prices.
More ways for members to win points or miles with customized
offers in 2014
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is kicking off 2014 in a
big way by offering loyal IHGÂŽ Rewards Club members more opportunities to earn
free travel through the next installment of its hotel rewards promotion, âThe Big
Win.â This is a first of its kind promotion, which provides each loyal guest
with an individually tailored set of offers.
"We have ...
Mr. Ganji Kamala Vardhana Rao, has took charge of the Secretary, Kerala Tourism on Monday (
01.12.2014) in place of Mr. Suman Billa IAS, who was posted as Joint Secretary
of Tourism,Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India at New Delhi. Mr. Rao will
also hold additional charge of Food and Civil Supplies department, Kerala.
Mr. Kamal V Rao, a 1990 batch Indian Administrative Service officer
of Kerala Cardre, who has returned to service after putting in his papers while
holding the post of Revenue Secretary, Kerala, to take up a private sector job,
but the procedures to relieve him from service were not yet completed, paving
the way for his return. Mr. Rao hails from East Godavari District of AP did his M Phil from Hyderabad Central
He was earlier held the various posts includes Chairman of
Indian Tobacco Board, Private Secretary of Union Minister of State for Human
Resources Development Mrs. Purandeswari, Director of Fisheries Department, Director-
Culture of Department of Tourism & Culture, Govt of Andhra Pradesh,
Managing Director of SC /ST Corporation in AP and the District Collector,
Airplanes will play key role in airline's fleet renewal,
World's top airlines use 777-300ER as flagships for
Boeing and Kuwait Airways have finalized an order for 10
777-300ERs (Extended Range), valued at $3.3 billion at list prices.
The order underlines the popularity of the 777-300ER as the
preferred long-haul aircraft of many of the world's leading airlines including
those from the Middle East. The airline originally announced its intent to
order the 777-300ER in November.
"Kuwait Airways has plans to renew its fleet as well as
expand its operations and the 777-300ER is a perfect airplane for our
strategy," said Rasha Al Roumi, Kuwait Airways CEO. "The airplane has
already validated its position in terms of high reliability, low operating
costs and fuel efficiency. We are looking forward to having the 777-300ER join
The 777-300ER is the most fuel and cost-efficient airplane
in its class today with 99.5 percent reliability, making it the most reliable
twin-aisle aircraft in the world. The flagship of the world's elite airlines,
the 777-300ER carries 386 passengers in a standard three-class configuration up
to 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers), on non-stop routes.
"This order marks another feather in the cap for the
777-300ER which not only continues to be an integral part of the fleet of many
of the world's airlines but is also being ordered by new customers who see the
value of the airplane," said Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. "The aerospace industry in the Middle East continues
to enjoy a phenomenal growth and we are proud to be part of that growth and
look forward to an enduring relationship with Kuwait Airways."
Length of stay, segment size and treatment choices look
According to Ms Sheila McCann, General Manager at one of
Thailandâs best-known wellness brands in India, Chiva Som Hua Hin, the Indian
traveller is showing an increasing penchant for holistic wellness. The luxury
holistic wellness resort in the beach-town of Hua Hin has observed a remarkable
30.18 % increase in Indian visitors in 2014 (till date) as compared to 2013.
The numbers are in line with the Tourism Authority of
Thailandâs endeavours to attract high-end travellers from India who focus on
experiences and personal enrichment while on vacation rather than the
trigger-happy whirlwind holiday-maker that has been TATâs focus in the past. Ms
Soraya Homchuen, Director, TAT Mumbai says, âTATâs strategy for India has
shifted from whole-heartedly targeting budget tourists: the new roadmap
involves a significant focus on Indiaâs outbound luxury traveller. The land of
smiles continues to welcome the budget-seeker with its value-for-money
proposition but we are keen to underline our capabilities to the luxury-seeker.
Holistic wellness is one of Thailandâs many attributes that are likely to
appeal to this segment.â
Ms Sheila McCann said that Indians are investing not just
resources but also time in a holistic wellness vacation, an indicator that
luxe, immersive holidays are coming of age. âThe average length of stay from
Indian guests is between 5 and 7 nights,â she says. Evidently, a
straight-forward Thai massage is no longer sufficient. People want to dig
deeper and reap benefits from Thailandâs traditional wisdom. This is also
evident in the fact that gorging on Thai food is no longer enough â\" people want
to take a culinary lesson to immerse themselves in the joys of Thai cuisine.
Similarly, buying Jim Thompson no longer suffices. The Indian traveller wants
to visit his home and understand his life and struggles.
According to McCann, looking good tops the charts among
requests from India. âThe most popular retreat among our Indian guests is the
Weight Management Retreat,â she shares. Indeed, the well-travelled Indian
visitor is picking up tips from Thailandâs largely lean population. Homchuen
cites a few examples saying, âIndian travellers take a few Muay Thai lessons so
as to make this an enjoyable fitness routine upon their return. They also ask
chefs about how to ensure their Thai cuisine is healthy from a
weight-management point of view.â
Chiva Som offers their guests a 360-degree approach to
wellness â\" encompassing food, activities and exercises in addition to
treatments. McCann says, âI think our Indian guests enjoy this concept of a
completely Thai experience that is completely health-driven and all of this
while cocooned in luxury resort.â Homchuen backs this up saying, âQueries about
luxurious wellness retreats from affluent travellers who have already
experienced Thailandâs highlights are on the rise.â
An Indian-born adventurer has taken an unexpected journey
from the slums of India to the extremities of Middle-earth.
Mr. Naresh Kumar, a 32-year-old originally from Chennai,
India, has completed New Zealandâs epic walk Te Araroa - The Long Pathway, a
3000km continuous trail that begins at sacred Cape Reinga, at the tip of New
Zealandâs North Island, and ends at Bluff, at the bottom of the South Island.
What is perhaps even more impressive is how the minimalist
running enthusiast has forgone a more traditional hiking boot or running shoe
in favour of the humble sandal to complete the often arduous but incredibly
The story behind Naresh Kumarâs decision to walk Te Araroa
is just as inspirational as the scenery and landscapes heâs experienced in New
As a teenager growing up in Chennai, Naresh fell in love
with the Sir Peter Jackson directed The Lord of the Rings movies.
He was so mesmerized by New Zealandâs depiction of
Middle-earth, he announced to his parents that one day he would move to the
country where it was filmed.
Fast-forward 13-years and his dreams have come true in more ways than he
Along the Te Araroa pathway â\" one of the worldâs longest
walking trails which can take experienced hikers around five months to complete
â\" Naresh has experienced everything from white sandy beaches to towering
mountain ranges, ancient volcanic landscapes, rural farmland and trout-filled
Te Araroa also connects country settlements, townships and
cities across New Zealand, giving walkers the chance to experience a unique
slice of Kiwi life.
Naresh says that during the walk he has discovered there is
so much more to New Zealand than beautiful landscapes - including the
generosity of the people, their kindness and their hospitality.
At the end of his journey, Naresh was presented with a
special plaque by the Mayor of Invercargill Tim Shadbolt, at Stirling Point in
Bluff. Along with offering panoramic
views of the Tasman Sea, Stirling Point marks the end of State Highway 1 which
runs the length of New Zealand and has an iconic sign marking the distances to
other major cities in the world.
The Invercargill City Council has recently decided to
present those who traverse the country along the Te Araroa with plaques that
are made from material from New Zealandâs Tiwai Point smelter.
Through-out his journey Naresh has had one goal in mind â\" to
finish Te Araroa before the official release of the final Hobbit movie, The
Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which will be released in New Zealand at
midnight on Friday (12.12.2014).
Nareshâs story is one of courage, discovery, and adventure,
pushing through pain, inspiration, and living your dream. In some ways it draws
a lot of similarities from Bilbo Bagginâs journey through Middle-earth and
showcases the worldwide effect Peter Jacksonâs The Lord of the Rings and The
Hobbit trilogies have had.
Naresh has been so touched by the magic of New Zealand he is
even taking steps to make the country his permanent home.
Kochi Marriott New Age Hospitality Awaits Your Exploration
Marriott International has officially announced the opening
of its fifth hotel under the companyâs flagship Marriott Hotels brand in India,
Kochi Marriott Hotel. This will be the second Marriott International property
in the Kochi city and is located amidst the Lulu Mall campus, Kochi Marriott
exteriorone of the largest malls in the country. Strategically located at just
22 km from the Kochi International Airport and 9 km from the main City Center,
the hotel design embraces a wonderful blend of contemporary style, warmth and
sophistication, all inspired from the natural landscapes of the city.
Mr. Ramesh Chennithala, Minister for Home, Kerala has
officialy inaugurated the Kochi Marriot Hotel on December 21, 2014 in the
presence of Mr. M. A. Yusuf Ali, Managing Director of Lulu Group, Mr. Ibrahim
Kunju, Minister for Public Workds, Kerala, Mr. Benny Behanan MLA and Mr. Rajeev
Menon, Area Vice President- South Asia- Marriott International.
Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Mr. Rajeev Menon,
Area Vice President- South Asia- Marriott International said, âKochi Marriott
Hotel is an exciting addition to the Marriott Hotels portfolio. This property
embodies the brandâs drive to enable its guests to Travel Brilliantly. We
believe the city of Kochi has tremendous potential for business and hospitality
growth, making it an obvious choice for the Marriott Hotels brand.â He further
added âThe Kochi Marriott Hotel will set new standards in offering guests a
dynamic hotel experience.â
Kochi Marriott hotel offers its guests 274 spacious and
elegantly designed rooms which include 25 club suites, one vice presidential
suite and one plush presidential suite. Coupled with state-of-the-art
facilities and services, these rooms provide an elevated standard of design and
dĂŠcor that reflects real comfort and style.
Kocki Marriott ballroomThe Kochi Marriott Hotel has been
conceptualized to meet the varied tastes of travellers; business and leisure
alike. With 720 sq. mts. of stylish banquet and meeting space, equipped with
the latest technology and amenities, the hotel would make an ideal venue for
large conferenceâs and intimate gatherings alike.
The hotel offers an exciting range of dining options, each
one special in its own authenticity and flavours. âCassavaâ, the exclusive Kerala
Cuisine specialty restaurant, will have on its menu delicacies from across 3
influential cultures, i.e. Moplah, Syrian- Christian and Sadya that give
Southern cuisine its perfect blend of taste and flavours. The menu has been
crafted by masters of these respective cuisines, from recipes that have been
passed down over many generations.
âKochi Kitchenâ the all-day-dining, will be the place to
spend quality time with friends and family, as the restaurant offers indulgent
menu options, of world cuisines across Asian, Continental and Italian
specialties. Lit with beautiful, natural sun-light the restaurant pulsates with
warmth and energy. From dawn to dusk, we have it all at the Kochi Marriott
Hotel, unwind after a long dayâs work at â10 Degreeâs Northâ, a classic wine
and whiskey bar, with just the right mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic
beverages and delectable finger food accompaniments. Catching up with friends,
or just some âme timeâ on your mind, this is the place to be
To complete this holistic experience, the wellness floor at
the Kochi Marriott Hotel has the renowned âQuan Spaâ offering both Western and
traditional Ayurveda treatments, a well-equipped fitness center and a lap size
pool. Indulgence has never looked or felt this good.
Mr. Vineet Mishra, General Manager, Kochi Marriott Hotels
aid, âKochi Marriott Hotel introduces stylish, modern hotel experience for
guests and has been designed to provide the best in-house service and
facilities for business and leisure travelers. We are excited to offer our
guests fresh, new concepts in service and food & beverage, and the Marriott
Hotelsâ signature Greatroom Lobby for guests and locals to gather for work or
to socialize as a team as we will strive to ensure our guests can travel
As a part of Marriott Hotelâs transformation, the iconic
brand has been innovating throughout its hotels globally. The brand new
Marriott mobile app makes travel easier than everwith a brand new design,
improved user experience, and enhanced features such as Mobile Check-in and
Checkout. Reflecting the transformative change, Marriott Hotels has also
launched a new multi-year global marketing campaign called âTravel
Brilliantly,â a bold move amplifying the brandâs dedication to leading the
future of travel. The dynamic campaign reflects the lifestyle of the next
generation of travelers, who seamlessly blend work and play in a mobile and
The Kochi Marriott Hotel ushers in new age hospitality to
the city and look forward to welcoming guests from the 21 December 2014.
INDIA'S PREMIER LUXURY HOTEL GROUP - THE LEELA PALACES,
HOTELS AND RESORTS - ENTERS NEPAL
PM Sushil Koirala
witnesses signing of agreement for first of four hotels with local partner- Summit Group
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, India's premier
luxury hospitality brand and Summit Group of Nepal signed a Memorandum of
Understanding in the presence of Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. Sushil Koirala,
to collaborate on the first of four hotels, to be established across Nepal,
marking a new era of partnership in tourism between India and Nepal. The Leela
Kathmandu, the first of the series, a 5-star deluxe hotel to be built in the
heart of Kathmandu, is expected to be completed within 36 months.
Summit Group, which has extensive interests in real estate,
hotels and allied businesses, will develop the property, while The Leela will
market and manage it as part of its award-winning portfolio of eight iconic
properties in prime urban and holiday destinations across India.
At the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Koirala welcomed the
entry of The Leela and urged the Group to establish hotels in other parts of
Nepal. Both Prime Minister Koirala and his Indian counterpart, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, have shown serious intent in developing their tourism across the
member nations of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
Emphasizing the crucial role travel and tourism plays in the
economic development of the country, Mr. Vivek Nair, Chairman and Managing
Director, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said: âWe are delighted to
begin our foray in the international markets with Kathmandu. Given the
potential of tourism worldwide, we look forward to expanding our footprint in
India and overseas."
Located close to the Narainhity Museum, The Leela Kathmandu
will be the first of a series of hotels to be established across Nepal. It will
be followed by a hotel in Lumbini, birthplace of the Buddha, as part of The
Leela Group's plans to pave a Buddhist Trail from Nepal to Bodhgaya, Nalanda,
and Varanasi in India. Other places in Nepal where hotels are being planned
under the Leela banner include Pokhara.
Mr. Amrit Shakya, Chairman and Managing Director of Summit
Group said: âThe entry of the Leela Group in Nepal would dramatically raise
standards and help stimulate tourism. I believe the time has now come for the
government and private sector to collaborate in revitalizing the tourism
sector. We have to work together with the government to frame policies that
attract international expertise and investment to help consolidate the tourism
The Leela Kathmandu will be designed by the internationally
renowned architect, Mr. John Gerondolis, of Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart,
Stewart & Associates, Inc, in Atlanta, US. He had earlier created the much
admired Leela Palaces in New Delhi and Chennai, each of them drawing strong
inspiration from local architectural and cultural influences. Mr. Gerondolis is
currently designing The Leela Palace Agra, where every room will offer a view
of The Taj Mahal.
The Kathmandu property will draw heavily from the rich Newari
tradition that dominates the Kathmandu valley, blending it with modern elements
of the highest international excellence in luxury hotels, and adorned by the
unmistakeable touch of the Leela grandeur. This high quality branding will be
seen in the oversized guest rooms and suites, and will include signature
restaurants, lounges, banquet facilities as well as a state-of-art spa and
fitness studio. The Leelaâs high standards of excellence will also ensure
exclusive services for the corporate sector.
"The Leela Kathmandu will be a part of our Group that
has established high standards of excellence and personalized service is
catering to upscale segments of corporate, leisure, and adventure
tourism," said Mr. Nair. âIt will be even brighter if Nepal augments its
infrastructure in terms of enhanced hotel accommodation, world-class airports,
Mr. Nair further added that Nepal could be confident in
meeting the forecast of the World Travel and a Tourism Council (WTTC) in its
authoritative, 2014 annual report.
According to the report, WTTC predicts that the total
contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the Nepalese GDP, including
jobs indirectly supported by the industry, will rise from Nepali Rupees 145.3
billion to 257.4 billion, by 2024. The report also forecasts employment rising
from 1.112 million jobs in 2013 to 1.7 million jobs in 2024.
Mr. Nair also emphasized the need to enhance skills
development in the sector and establish a world-class hotel and tourism
management institute in Nepal.
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in
Mumbai, India, and owned by Hotel Leelaventure Ltd, owns and manages properties
in India, and soon in other parts of the world too. Its exclusive properties
are located in Mumbai, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Udaipur and
Kovalam, with new hotels under development in Jaipur, Bangalore, Agra, Lake
Ashtamudi, Kerala, and Lucknow.
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