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Jun 2019

Jun 29, 2019

Lemon Tree Hotels Embarks on High-growth Journey

  •  Indian hospitality chain Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd., which is focussed on the mid-scale hotel sector, is planning to expand to 8,800 rooms in 87 hotels by calendar year 2021 from the existing network of 56 hotels with 5,525 rooms.
  • The company also plans to expand the Lemon Tree Premier upper midscale network to 3,381 rooms in 23 hotels by calendar year 2021, from the current 12 hotels with 1,697 rooms.
  • It also plans to increase its economy offering Red Fox to 1,443 rooms in 12 hotels by that time.
  • The hotels under development would be in cities such as Mumbai (880 rooms), Kolkata (142), Udaipur (139), Shimla (69) and Alleppey Lake Resort among others. Lemon Tree will unveil upscale brand Aurika with a 670-room hotel, which be operational by FY22.

Jun 23, 2019

Mumbai's Dharavi Slum Beats Taj Mahal

  •  According to travel site TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards, Asia's largest slum Dharavi in Mumbai become India's favourite tourist destination of 2019, beating the iconic Taj Mahal.
  • Small group tour to Dharavi slum in Mumbai' featured on the top of the list of destinations for "Travellers' Choice Experiences 2019- India". It also made into the "Top 10 Travellers' Choice Experiences 2019- Asia". 
  • Meanwhile, Taj Mahal, which is one of the seven World Wonders, did not even appear on the list.
  • Dharavi was followed by a 'Bike tour of Old Delhi' and a 'Private day tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort by a superfast train' at the second and third position respectively on the list of the favourite tourist experiences in India.
  • Other destinations which made to the list were- 'Full Day Taj Mahal and Agra Tour from Delhi by Express Train', 'The original Delhi shopping tour', 'private half-day Bollywood tour including lunch in Mumbai', 'half-day Old Delhi Bazaar walk and Masterji Kee Haveli visiting tour', 'private Old and New Delhi full-day combo tour'. 
  • In the world category, 'Faster Than Skip-the-Line' in Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour topped the list, while Chicago Architecture River Cruise in USA's Chicago stood at the second position.

Jun 15, 2019

Amarnath pilgrims to be tagged for a safe trek

  •  In a first, each of the 300,000-odd pilgrims expected to visit the Amarnath Shrine in 2019 will be tracked from the base camp to the shrine and back, using a unique card, even as nearly 45,000 security personnel will be deployed to protect them, a senior home ministry official said on the condition of anonymity.
  • The annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine begins on July 1.
  • Each pilgrim will be personally tracked through a unique card. The cards will be given to them when they set out from the base camp and they will have to swipe at five locations leading up to the cave.
  • The Amarnath Cave can be approached from two routes – Baltal and Pahalgam. The former is 14 km whereas the other route is 42 km long.
  • The personal trackers will give the exact location of the pilgrim, indicate which part the pilgrims are crossing for the entire route. It will help to track them adding to the security and also help us in crowd management.
  • Last year, all vehicles from different states carrying pilgrims were radio-tagged. The radio frequency identification tags of vehicles carrying pilgrims helped the administration map the entire journey — from the moment they entered the state to base camps.
  • Besides tags and personal trackers, nearly 320 companies of the paramilitary force — each company comprising about 100 policemen — are being deployed to secure the Yatra. In addition, the Jammu and Kashmir Police will also be deploying thousands of men as well. This is the largest ever deployment of security personnel to secure the yatra in recent years.
  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is alone deploying nearly 150 companies whereas the Border Security Force (BSF) will be deploying about 70 companies.
  • Besides, the Indian Army will deploy between 3-4 battalions — each comprising about 650-700 soldiers — to secure the mountain ridges along Yatra. Helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will also be pressed into service.

Jun 12, 2019

ITC Exploring Opportunity in Nepal

  •  ITC is exploring the possibility of setting up a hotel in Nepal through its subsidiary ITC Surya Nepal.
  • According ITC chairman Sanjiv Puri, this was part of ITC's strategy to expand its footprint in the hotel segment in neighbouring countries. Ideally, these would be countries where there is a tourist inflow from India.

Jun 08, 2019

ITC to Launch Second Super Luxury Hotel

  •  ITC will inaugurate its second super luxury hotel, ITC Royal Bengal. The launch will be done by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
  • This property has come up beside ITC Sonar with the two hotels connected by a walkway.
  • The new hotel has 374 rooms and suites and 82 serviced apartments.
  • The new hotel in Kolkata is a part of ITC's expansion plans. 
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