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A hotel can be defined, “an establishment which supplies boarding and lodging not engaged in inter state commerce or any intra state commerce, competitive with affecting inter state commerce”. “With the establishment of money during 6th century BC came the first real opportunities for people to trade & travel.” As the areas of movement widened, their need for lodging became greater. Today one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy of our time is the hotel industry. The hotel industry alone is a multi-billion dollar and growing enterprise. It is exciting, never boring and offers unlimited opportunities. The hotel industry is diverse enough for people to work in different areas of interest and still be employed within the hotel industry. This trend is not only in India, but globally too. According to World Travel and Tourism Council [WTTC], global tourism is projected to grow at 5.8% in 2004 and 4.5% over next 10 years [2005-14]. India would be one of the fastest growing market, which is expected to grow 10% in 2004 and generate economic activity of Rs1,846.3bn [US$ 39bn]. According to WTTC, India would grow 8.8% between 2004-2014 to generate economic activity of Rs7,028bn [US$ 90bn] by 2014.

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Prior to the 1980's, the Indian hotel industry was a nascent and slow growing industry primarily consisting of relatively static, single hotel companies. However, Asian games in 1982 and the subsequent partial liberalization of the Indian economy generated tourism interest in India with significant benefits accruing to the hotel and tourism sector in terms of improved demand patterns. Fortunes of the hotel industry are tied to the fortunes of tourism and the general business climate in the country, which is why the economic liberalization initiatives implemented since 1991, led to a soaring demand and supply gap in the hotel industry. This enabled Indian hotel companies to increase their ARRs by almost 50% between April 1994 and April 1997 and still enjoy extremely high occupancies of above 80% for most of this period. Foreign travelers consist of 80% of the total clients, while the rest are domestic travelers. In recent times, any discussion on the hotel industry only veers around the falling occupancy rates and average room rates and the trying times that the Indian hotel industry is going through. Nevertheless, the hotel industry has reported impressive earnings and revenue growth for the year ended March 2001. This was after a slack period in the financial year 2000, when net profits dipped on a negative sales growth. Business travel is the largest segment of travel and today India's corporate travel market is today estimated at no less than US$ 3 billion (around Rs 150 billion). An increase or decline in business travel mirrors economic trends. India with its 8 per cent GDP growth rate and stable economy has witnessed an all round development, especially in the travel and tourism sector. Business travel thrives best in a free and robust economic scenario and India is gradually moving in that direction. With liberalisation paving the way for healthy competition and business going global the Indian traveler too is evolving into a global traveler. A liberal foreign exchange regime and cheaper air-fares, ex-India are also factors responsible for catapulting business travel. Subsequently, with travel budgets of Multi –national corporation running into several million dollars, airlines, hotels and all other service providers have rolled out the red carpet for this cash cow. Indian companies are now following suit, with almost all blue-chip companies having detailed travel policies. Travel costs have emerged as the third largest expense for corporate, after salaries and raw materials. These globe trotting Indians; have metamorphosed as a distinct market.

BUDGET HOTELS __________________________________________________________________ They are well traveled and demand the services they pay for. Of late, the government of India has started realizing the importance of tourism in the country’s economic


growth. India’s emergence as a super power and an overall buyout economy has led to an increase in foreign tourist’s arrival to a record level in 2004 which reached 3.5mn in 2004 and is expected to 5mn this year. All this coupled with the continued demand supply mismatch in rooms availability has turned favorable for the hotel companies with the room rates and occupancies touching an all time high. The present trend is expected to continue with the new capacities coming only after two to three years.

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Rising foreign arrivals
Foreign tourist arrivals continue to surge. During January - September 2004, foreign tourist arrivals in the country have risen by 25.5% to 2.3mn. It is expected by the end of the calendar year tourist arrivals into India would cross the 3mn mark. Business travel into India has been on the rise with globalization and rising investor interest in India - one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Business travelers account for almost 75-80% of arrivals. The “Incredible India” campaign launched by the Ministry of Tourism has also gathered momentum and is showing results.

Domestic tourism also on an upswing
A growing economy, rising disposable incomes and easy finance available for holiday packages have led to increase in domestic leisure travel. Falling airfares have also contributed to increase in travel frequency within the country. The number of people who travel domestically (for religious, leisure or business purposes) has been rising. As per NCAER study, there are 5.5bn domestic tourists of which 7.7% are business travelers, 6% are leisure tourist and the rest travel for religious or social reasons.

General economic conditions and recession in the economy affects business travel and hence demand for rooms in the hotel industry. External factors The hotel industry is significantly affected by external factors ranging international socio-political environment to regional events (like the conflict in Iraq and SARS) which impact the level of travel and business activity. Tensions on border and travel advisories issued by western nations also affect the hotel industry. .BUDGET HOTELS __________________________________________________________________ 5 Tourist arrivals projected to grow at 6. Earnings rise multifold during boom periods.5% CAGR until 2010 According to World Tourism Organization [WTO] foreign tourist arrivals in the country are expected to witness a 6. Cyclical industry The hotel industry is sensitive to changes in the domestic and global economy. We believe that the Indian Hotel and Tourism Industry is on a long term growth trajectory and domestic hotel companies who have expanded capacities in the last few years are well placed to capitalize on this boom.5% CAGR to 6mn by 2010 and to 10mn by 2020. The hotel industry has passed through a slowdown in the last 2 years and we believe that the up-cycle has just commenced and would continue for next 2-3 years at least given positive economic growth forecasts. The hotel industry typically passes through phases of low occupancies – when are unable to cover fixed costs and incur losses.

and amenities provided.BUDGET HOTELS __________________________________________________________________ 6 CLASSIFICATION OF HOTELS On the basis of Star Categorization Like most of the countries in world. Many of these hotels are situated in the Central Business Districts of the metropolitan cities or near the centers of transportation providing exceptional value for the business travelers. infrastructure. facilities. facilities offered.  Four Star Hotels A rank below five star hotels. and Goa. India also has hotels divided in different categories depending on their location. and accommodation options. All the star hotels in India are government approved with continuous control on the quality of services offered. Quality of the services is almost as high as the five stars and above categories. Four star hotels provide all the modern amenities to the travelers with a limited budget. These hotels provide all the modern facilities for accommodation and recreation matching international standards in hospitality.  Five Star Hotels These are top of the line hotels located mostly in the big cities. Five Star Deluxe hotels in India are globally competitive in the quality of service provided. These hotels are located primarily in metropolitan cities like New Delhi and Mumbai and major tourist destinations like Jaipur.  Five Star Deluxe Hotels The most luxurious and conveniently located hotels in India are grouped under Five Star Deluxe Hotel Category. Agra. These kind of hotels are there for the travelers with a limited budget or for the places which might not be getting tourists traffic as associated with larger cities. .

small number of rooms. and location in the far flung areas are grouped under One Star Hotel category. Services would be the stripped down version of higher categories of hotels but sufficient to fulfill your basic needs.BUDGET HOTELS __________________________________________________________________  Three Star Hotels These are mainly economy class hotels located in the bigger and smaller cities and catering to the needs of budget travelers. All hotels between 4 stars to 1 star category are considered as budget hotels .  One Star Hotels The hotels with most basic facilities. these hotels provide all the basic facilities needed for general accommodation and offers lowest prices. Catering to the backpacker tourist traffic. These hotels are best when you are looking for cheapest available accommodation option (apart from camps and hostels). these 7 hotels are value for money and gives good accommodation and related services on the reduced price. Lesser in amenities and facilities.  Two Star Hotels These hotels are most available in the small cities and in particular areas of larger cities.

BUDGET HOTELS __________________________________________________________________ 8 CLASSIFICATION BY SEGEMENT The sector could be broadly classified into following 4 categories Premium or Luxury segment Comprises of 5-star or deluxe hotels catering generally to business and up market foreign travallers. havelis and forts being converted into hotels. Account for nearly 30 per cent of the room base. Comprises of palaces. Located at the outskirts of city could be from premium to budget category Budget segment Heritage Hotels Resorts and Clubs . Generally found in smaller towns and cities. It involves effective preservation with commercial capability. Comprises of 4 to 1 star hotels catering to average and domestic leisure travellers.

000 per room. 10 million for a hotel in the premium segment . The average cost for setting up a budget hotel (80-100 rooms) ranges from Rs 3 – 5 million per room. Premium Segment Some hotel companies have brands catering only to the premium segment. In case of other domestic players such as East India Hotels. while in India only 15 per cent of budget hotels are branded. hotels in the budget segment charge Rs. Budget Segment Most of the budget hotels in India are independently owned and are not branded. In case of other foreign players such as Marriot. On an average.BUDGET HOTELS __________________________________________________________________ 9 CLASSIFICATION BASED ON THE TYPE OF PROPERTY Hotel companies can be categorized as premium and budget on the basis of the classification of their properties. According to industry sources internationally. the number of hotels and rooms in the budget segment is expected to increase due to the need for low priced accommodations (as a result of reduction in corporate travel). 80-85 per cent of hotels in the budget segment are branded. over 75 per cent of the total rooms were in the premium segment.200 – 3. 1. The main foreign players in India catering to the premium segment include Hyatt and Le Meridian. as against Rs. over 65 per cent of the total rooms were in the premium segment. Most hotel chains have a presence across segments with the aim of catering to a wider market. Bharat Hotels and Hotel Leela venture. The main domestic players catering to the premium segment include Asian Hotels. ITC Welcome group and the park hotel. per day. Most major hotel companies in India have that brands that cater only to the budget segment. In the medium to long term.

Government of India. The average room rate (ARR) realised from business travelers is normally higher than from leisure travel. All interested hotel companies.000 hotel rooms in the country in the unapproved category and all of them will be in the budget category. the Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Associations of India (FHRAI) reportedly comes from the business travel segment. Both domestic and international tourists as well as occupancy in hotels have increased by about 15% during the last 2 years starting from the winter of 2002 .03. Considering that hotels are a good business. there is a heightened activity in construction of new hotels during the last 2 years. More than 50 per cent of occupancy of a majority of hotel members of the country’s largest hotel association. All hotels below 4 star categories are lumped together as budget accommodation. As for the progress made in construction of budget hotels during the last few years. There will be another approximately 400. according to FHRAI reports. Thus about 70% of hotels in the country in the approved and classified category are accounted for by the budget hotels. As per published statistics of Ministry of Tourism. there were 91. The importance being given to the budget hotels is correct because this category accounts for the largest number of hotels and hotel rooms in India. Unfortunately there is no reliable statistics in India about total number of hotels and hotel rooms other than those approved and classified by the Government. this is a part of regular activity and there are a lot of budget hotels under construction. Out of this 27301 are 5 star and 5 star deluxe hotel rooms and the remaining 64419 are in the lower category hotels including heritage hotels and those which are awaiting classification.000 to 500. This is the commonly accepted definition in the industry and the media. chains and other investors are increasing their investment in this sector. .720 hotel rooms in all the approved and classified hotels in India in 2003.BUDGET HOTELS 10 __________________________________________________________________ INTRODUCTION TO BUDGET HOTELS There is no clear definition of budget hotels in India. as also in other countries.

are targets for the budget hotels. . This is particularly so as the domestic travelers in India are many times higher in number than foreign tourists who mostly stay in 5 star and heritage accommodation. About 25% of foreign leisure travelers also stay in budget hotels. This is the position in all countries.5 million foreign tourists in 2004. The number of travelers and the hotel rooms are therefore much more in the lower category hotels. According to Government statistics.BUDGET HOTELS 11 __________________________________________________________________ Majority of domestic travelers. This works like a pyramid where cheaper rooms occupy the widest base at the bottom and the pyramid tapers off at the top with 5 star hotels. there are about 300 million tourists or tourist trips annually by domestic travelers compared to 3. whether they are for business or leisure. It is thus certain that demand for budget hotels will continue to grow and at a much higher rate than the 5 star hotels.

Tirupati. The project is being developed by the railways through a public-private partnership model. Accor and Taj. Mumbai Central. Katra. including ITC Welcomgroup. Park Inn. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has invited tenders for budget hotels in Habibganj (Bhopal). The second phase of this project will cover Anand Vihar and Nizamuddin in Delhi. Country Inns and Suites by Carlson. then the percentage of branded hotels will be negligible. Some national chains like Taj Group and ITC also have few budget hotels but in very small number. The ITC Welcomgroup. Ahmedabad. These companies are in touch with the railway authorities and are expected to formally bid for these projects IRCTC has specified that at least half of the rooms in these budget hotels should be available at tariffs lower than Rs 1. Holiday Inn. the branded hotels will be less then 5%. The hotels will be set up on land owned by the railways. and Accor Hotels are in touch with the Indian Railways to set up budget hotels near railway stations. Hotel operators will be free to price the other rooms according to the services provided. Baroda. Sealdah (Kolkata) and Madurai.000 per day. Nagpur. Coimbatore. Choice Hotels. Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari. and the hotel companies will handle the management. Vijayawada. Amritsar. are among the interested ones. Visakhapatnam. Low-cost rooms will be airconditioned. Ooty. If you see the entire segment of budget hotel rooms in India including approved and unapproved. Pune. a number of players. and the locations identified for the first phase include Kolkata. Best Western. These belong to various international chains like Park Plaza. Bhopal and Madurai. but will not offer frills like room service or carpeted flooring. Lucknow. Taj Group. Howard Johnson and Days Inn. Even in the approved hotels. While formal bids are expected soon.BUDGET HOTELS 12 __________________________________________________________________ PLAYERS The players in the budget hotels category are mostly independent hotels. Chennai Central. Ernakulam. .

it can be more and in many cities where existing hotels are running modest occupancy rates. THE GROWTH IN INDIA Till now the growth in the Indian hotel industry has been lopsided. Delhi for instance has 9. If you only take the approved category hotels. the growth rate will be less than 10%.000 rooms. A large number of corporate travelers are in the middle level or lower level managers who have low traveling budgets and stay in the budget hotels. This will account for both approved and unapproved categories. If you take the all India scenario. In this context budget hotels make sense for major hotel chains. The Kamat group today owns the Kamat chain of restaurants. In the last one year. the luxury segment accounts for the most growth. and higher standards of hyena and facilities.a Rs. Budget hotels which target domestic travelers would enable big chains to even out of fluctuations. deluxe hotels are hit first following the decline in foreign tourist traffic. a new breed – big hotel chains. Further there is a shortage of 30.000 in the 5 – star and 5 – star deluxe categories. foreign franchises has shown interest. The Mumbai hotelier’s mission is t set up budget hotels at 90 minute intervals from each other on busy highways. 500 crores investment to open 50 Kamfotels in the next seven years – Kamat is entering the budge. the Orchid Hotel and many restaurants across the world. both corporate and leisure.hotel segment. During a downturn. . the market share of budget hotels will be about 70%. In some cities. With the Kamfotel chain . The target market for them is obviously budget travelers. Together they are redefining budget hotels promising good management. Kamat is not the only one eyeing the budget hotel opportunity.000 rooms in the starred category with 6.BUDGET HOTELS 13 __________________________________________________________________ MARKET SHARE The market share of budget hotels in Mumbai and in India will be about 90% if you take the number of rooms and occupied room nights in a year. the growth for new budget hotels may be about 10% over the next 5 years. Though demand is the highest in the mid market segment. fresh entrants.

a separate fir to set up indiOne. This was the accumulation of Indian Hotels five –year . especially when the interest rate for financing hotel projects comes down to 8 – 10 per cent as opposed to 18 per cent in the early 1990s. however. Accor is bringing its Ibis chain here. Attempts in the past by the major players to carve out budget hotels. The budget hotel is a good business proposition.BUDGET HOTELS 14 __________________________________________________________________ The idea is to deliver 80 percent of a 5 star hotel at 40 percent of the price – this being the aim of Krizim Hotels that has budget hotels under the brand name of Lemon tree which is in Gurgaon. Almost a year old. Likewise. Besides indiOne. Indian hotels spun off Roots Corporation. the occupancy is between 30 and 78 per cent. Global Hospitality majors like Accor Choice Hotels and Microtel are also getting in. morphed into a four star and lowpriced hotel. Then the Oberoi and the ITC welcome group had positioned their Trident and Fortune Hotels as Budget Hotels.old project to develop a hotel which would deliver value at Rs. Even indiOne was unveiled in Bangalore which is owned by Indian Hotels. The conceptualisation of indiOne was different from that of a Taj Hotel. Even Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation are setting up six budget hotels outside major railway stations on surplus land belonging to the Indian Railways. indiOne operates at near full capacity. The Taj Group had launched the gateway chain at a slightly higher price bracket than its indiOne brand. while Fortune chain has a mix of hotels – 4-stars and low priced hotels – depending on the cities they operate in. this is the only chain pegging tariffs below Rs. . Based on how Ibis fares it might bring in its hugely successful Formulae 1 budget chain which price-wise is one notch lower than Ibis. Next in line is Sarovar Park Plaza’s Hometel chain with its proprietary coming up in Bangalore. 1000. 1000 a day. Lemon Tree Hotel clocked average occupancies of 92 per cent last winter – a rare event in the hotel industry (For 5 star and 5 star deluxe hotels. Trident. As many as six new chains are waiting in the wings.

The number of travelers and the hotel rooms are therefore much more in the lower category. This is particularly as the domestic travelers in India are many times higher in number than foreign tourists who mostly stay in 5-star or heritage accommodation. Simply putting it forward the target audience for budget hotels can be as under: 1) Business travelers who come and stay at Mumbai for long business trips. About 25 percent of the foreign leisure travelers also stay in budget hotels. This works like a pyramid where cheaper rooms occupy the widest base at the bottom and the pyramid tapers off at the top with 5-star hotels.BUDGET HOTELS 15 __________________________________________________________________ TARGET AUDIENCE Majority of domestic travelers. It is thus certain that demand for budget hotels will continue to grow and at a much higher rate than 5-star hotels. 2) Small families belonging to middle class visiting Mumbai as tourists 3) General middle class people 4) Decent and elite corporate crowd 5) Foreign Tourists . are targets for budget hotels. whether they are for business or leisure.

Other supplementary products also include travel arrangements. close circuit TV Credit cards acceptance Electronic locks Complimentary Airport pickups Secure Parking Day Care Centre Pub Business Center Wireless Internet Facility . all provide the supplementary services to the customer Budget hotels. food and beverage. For example they may have a self service restaurant. front office. airport pick-ups etc. they offer minimum services and facilities to their guests as their main aim is to give rooms at affordable cost and cut out services and facilities which add to cost.BUDGET HOTELS 16 __________________________________________________________________ SERVICES AND FACILITIES The accommodation includes. The hotels various other departments like the house keeping. providing a room along with bed to sleep. room service and maintenance. Some of the Services and Facilities offered by budget hotels are as under: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Banquet & Conference Halls Currency exchange Coffee shop Rent-a-car facilities Doctor on call Laundry service Gym Safe Zone: 24 hour security.

All measures are taken so as to reduce the prices of the room. Lemon Tree and indiOne have controlled staffing costs by outsourcing housekeeping. There are only one or two restaurants. but with outsourcing quality of a service can become an issue of concern. and no bar. efforts are made to make the maximum use of space and have as many rooms as possible. A hundred room 5-star hotel would typically require 120 – 200 people to run it. Budget hotels earn maximum revenue from the rooms. In contrast indiOne has only 30 people.star hotel. Efforts are made to cut down costs and offer rooms at affordable and cheap rates. security and laundry. The soon to be launched Microtel is likely to rope in coffee chains like Barista and Café Coffee Day to set up outlets at their hotel. spas and banquet halls. These hotels do maximum construction in revenue generating areas and reduce the back of the house. Indione is providing rooms at Rs. Usually forty per cent of the area goes into back of the house activates like kitchen and house keeping. Self service restaurants. 950 for a night at Bangalore. Outsourcing is a good idea. But since F&B is minimized in budget hotels. All this saves space staffing and maintaince costs. location.18 but in budget hotels the average staff of the full hotel may not be more that 20. the emphasis is on maximizing the room base. no bell boys etc. 800 to Rs. Outsourcing can slash salary costs to 8-10 per cent of the total cost compared to 18-22 per cent in a 5. Smaller sizes of rooms as compared to others. the rooms available are without any frills. Typically for a luxury hotel the ideal ratio is of revenues from F&B and rooms is 1:1.BUDGET HOTELS 17 __________________________________________________________________ PRICING As the hotel is a budget hotel the prices are low and affordable. out of whom only 7-8 are employees. Budget hotel also do away with high investment frills like swimming pools. Lemon Tree which has outsourced almost 60 Rs. For this the hotel cuts down man power to reduce its costs. one employee performing many tasks. This is done by. unlike luxury hotels which earn as much from food and beverages and extra facilitates. 3500 depending on the city. . For a 5-star hotel the average employers per room is around 1. by multi tasking. Usually budget hotels are priced between services offered. during lean periods the hotel can work with fewer people. A budget hotel at an average may have 80 to 100 rooms.

800 – 2500 1. but the moment the cost goes up the project becomes unsustainable. This is because prohibitive land costs in cities like Mumbai and Delhi could throw the whole financial equation of the project out of gear. There are no Menu cards either. Though indiOne is faring very well in Bangalore.000 – 1.000 price point.950 ROOM TARRIFS (Rupees) THE COST EQUATION . the sub .000 – Differential pricing across cities 1. there is a feeling that instead of a sub – Rs 1. Square Meal. If a menu card is there it would mean committing to offer all dishes at all times. 1. Typically room charges are fixed at one thousandth of the project cost. Another Manpower – heavy area is Food and Beverages. a differential pricing system depending on the city would work better.Rs.800 1.500 900. The hotel has promoted Black Fox Security management in which Lemon Tree has 50 per cent stake and an expert runs the company.800 – 2. indiOne’s restaurant offer simple meals doing away with food dishes that need costly ingredients and equipment.200 1.200 1.500 – 1.800 for Delhi 1.BUDGET HOTELS 18 __________________________________________________________________ per cent of its services has worked out a smart alternative. So reducing it to a cafeteria minimizes staffing requirements. BUDGET BRAND INDIONE (Indian Hotels) HOMETEL (Sarovar Park Plaza) LEMON TREE (Krizim Hotels) IBIS (Accor and Inter Globe) KAMFOTEL (Kamat Hotels) SLEEP INNS (Choice Hotels and Gupta Group) MICRO TEL (Microtel & The ABS Hotels) IRCTC (Hotels Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation ) 1. So for a hundred room hotel with a Rs. 10 crores cost.000 price point works.

This helps determine tariff rates once the hotel opens for business. .BUDGET HOTELS 19 __________________________________________________________________ Hotel development traditionally competed with domestic housing and other commercial construction. can extend that period to more than 12 years. including loans not being serviced on time. Accounting for these items is not always the same from one project to another. Land Factor While other costs vary. consultants stress. For example. Others Costs There is no uniform system of allocation for hotel development budgets. A Hotel development costs are accounted for in numerous line items and categories. which dents the reputation of the industry in general from the perspective of financial institutions. This figure. underwriting requirements. There are other implications to violating cost discipline. land should not exceed 15 per cent of the overall cost because that distorts all assumptions about gestation and tariff structures. It is the very definition of starting off on the wrong foot. Interestingly. and investment structures. and equipment installation and construction finish work can overlap. fixtures. in a development project. the cost per room is ascertained not just on the basis of how much it cost to build and accessorise the room but the cost of other public areas of the hotel are also integrated proportionately into this figure. Hotel developers should ideally be able to pay back loans in less than seven years. the construction industry today is competing for materials and capital. he says. Acquiring land at exorbitant prices. Most consultants prefer to look at a hotel from a room perspective in so much as calculating the hotel cost on a per room basis. furniture. is critical to how the hotel turns out. Individual accounting for specific projects can be affected by tax implications.

There are two elements to the construction of the hotel. The Debt Factor Another critical element to be factored into project cost is the servicing of the debt taken to build the hotel. Hotel developers are considerably better placed to own hotels because they are able to price in all costs. especially those that can escalate quite quickly. of which the first one is relatively simple. excessive debt should be avoided and measures should be taken debt is kept in control as it could hamper the profit and rate of return on capital./Room) INDUSTRY COSTS . that price is considerably lower as specifications are not as significant. The quandary with excessive spend on accessories is that the value of it is not as overtly apparent as the service. Hoteliers must not view owning hotels as part of their core competency for too long.e. A luxury hotel could be built at anywhere between Rs 25 lakh to Rs 100 lakh a room. i. Debt is very critical in the capital mix. Stressing on the need to reduce credit servicing pressure for new projects. and then comes the interior. the civil structure which is built of steel or is a reinforced concrete structure. BUDGET BRAND INDIONE (Indian Hotels) LEMON TREE (Krizim Hotels) SLEEP INNS (Choice Hotels and Gupta Group) MICRO TEL (Microtel & The ABS Hotels) HOMTEL (Sarovar Park Plaza) 9-10 lakh 7-8 crores for a 50 room property (including land) 10-15 crore per property 13-17 lakh 10 lakh Project Cost (Rs. The emphasis is on basic functionality which is what the guest pays for.BUDGET HOTELS 20 __________________________________________________________________ But how much must one spend on lifting the aesthetic value of a hotel? The answer is one that points to the intangible. For budget hotels. It is their business.

Employee Costs . fuel. Direct expenses for food and beverages and Management fees There are some items that are classified as semi – fixed expenses since they include both fixed and variable portions These include • • Energy costs Operation and maintenance expenses. marketing Property and taxes Insurance Variable costs include • • • Room expenses. The key expenses incurred in operating a budget hotel are employee costs.BUDGET HOTELS 21 __________________________________________________________________ Operating Costs The expenditure incurred by hotels can be divided into two broad categories – fixed and variable costs. Fixed costs include • • • Administrative and general expenses (a small portion is variable). F & B costs. light and power costs. The variable component is linked to the occupancy and the facility usage (use of F&B and other leisure facilities) that produced the known level of revenue or expense.

Budget hotels also outsource laundry and other such expenses which further reduce the costs. and service department costs (laundering napkins and table cloths) Budget hotels have only one to two restaurants. the hotel may be managed by 10 to 15 people maximum. They may have self service restaurants. out of whom only 7-8 are employees. F&B costs also include the cost of F&B supplies. Budget hotels outsource activates such as laundry etc. Food & Beverage Costs It consists of the costs incurred for the operation of a hotels food and beverage and banquet facilities. Segment-wise contribution margin . In indiOne have only 30 people.5 per room.8 per room is higher than the international norm of 1.BUDGET HOTELS 22 __________________________________________________________________ Employee costs. In India the manpower to room ratio of 1. which form the largest cost component for the hotel industry are the key costs monitored in this sector. they try and cut down the manpower employed in F&B operations. kitchen stewarding expenses (such as cleaning supplies). Budget hotels do not have many employees. In addition to employee cost incurred in F&B operations.

as they have limited restaurants they do not earn much revenue from theses services. Budget hotels aim at earning most of their revenues through rooms. are not significant. Room contribution is the highest and accounts for 80 per cent of the total revenue. . An increase in ARR results in direct increase in room contribution. which are associated with rooms. Budget hotels earn revenue from this source also. F&B Contribution F&B contribution depends on F&B revenue and cost. restaurants and banqueting activities. F&B revenue includes income from room service.BUDGET HOTELS 23 __________________________________________________________________ Room Contribution Room contribution primarily depends on average room rates (ARR) since costs such as manpower and energy. The revenue from room service is directly dependant on the room occupancy in the property.

airlines car rental companies etc. GDS (Global Distribution System) A global Distribution system is a network of electronic reservation systems used by buyers (travel agents and public) and sellers (hotels. connecting all properties. These systems have become supermarkets. . involving 33 major hotel chains and brands. electronic bookings (GDS plus internet) account a major share for hotel reservation. executive assistants or secretaries. in a format known as neutral display. the share of electronic bookings in India was less than 25 percent. For instance according to a Travel Click survey. screens display availability across several carriers. In contrast. who are the link between the traveler and the hotel/airline.BUDGET HOTELS 24 __________________________________________________________________ RESERVATIONS AND DISTIBUTION CHANNELS Globally. in 2004 electronic booking accounted for 58 per cent of the total global hotel reservations. CRS (Centralised Reservation System) Many hotels companies especially hotel chains have installed this reservation system. According to sources. In neutral display. GDS accounts for over 55 per cent of the bookings made for city based hotels. Booker The travel manager. linking buyers and sellers and allowing reservations to be made quickly and easily.) to exchange travel related services. internationally. generally make corporate bookings. however neutral displays can vary across GDS. The primary advantage of GDS for travel agents is that it offers single point access for reservation on all airlines. However the usage of the same is very low in India. and other travel related products.

BUDGET HOTELS 25 __________________________________________________________________ Tour agent/Travel agent (Booking via a GDS/CRS) In the mid . Travel and tourism reportedly forms the second largest category of products sold through the internet. profits of travel agents were adversely affected. travel agents altered their fee structure and have been charging a fixed fee for the services rendered. leading small hotels of the world and airline tie-ups. For instance. These alliances provide the hotel direct access to reservation network. In addition commissions were reduced and a commission on ceiling was introduced. as airlines and hotels sold their products directly to consumers through the Internet. and are known as travel management companies. Major marketing alliances include leading hotels of the world. in the US. Internet The use of the internet in making hotel reservations has increased due to increased internet penetration and cost effective access. Hence. Branded budget hotels in India like indiOne and Lemon Tree and using the internet as it helps them in cutting down the over all cost and with which they can pass on the benefit to the people by providing rooms at economical rates. hotels could provide free accommodation for points accumulated under the frequent flyers schemes of air lines. Airline tie-ups Hotels also have promotional tie –ups with airlines.1990s. and direct negotiations with consumers. Other alliances include small luxury hotels of the world. promotion and internet coverage. Marketing Alliances Hotel properties/chains are often associated with marketing alliances. . Such fee – based travel agents differ from commission based travel agents.

PROMOTIONS .BUDGET HOTELS 26 __________________________________________________________________ The primary elements for the extensive usage of Internet in travel bookings are • • • • • • • The absence of geographical limitations to the market (direct communication between buyer and sellers) Huge reduction in transaction and processing costs. 24 x 7 x 365 availability Reduction in fixed sales outlets Reduction in clerical errors and administration costs The variety of products that can be delivered over the network. and The support provided to customer relationships.

These are some of the promotions used by hotels • • • • • • • • • • • • Website advertisements FM advertising in cities Email Blast: E-mail to all travel agents and corporate Travelers card for frequent travelers various offers and discounts to be offered Meal coupons / discount Launch party for corporates / tour operators Pop up ads Advertisements on trolley used in airports Press release in regional language news papers Airport transfer system Promotion through travel agents. Budget hotels rely less on promotions as their aim is to give rooms at economical rates. promotions add up to the cost which will effect the price hence budget hotels use minimal promotions. Branded budget hotels such as indiOne and Lemon Tree use promotions more than unbranded budget hotels.BUDGET HOTELS 27 __________________________________________________________________ There are a number of components for promoting the business which are used by blending the different constituents in such a way that effects are proactive but the process of persuasion is cost-effective. Discount coupons REGULATORY AUTHORITES AND TAXES .

LPG. gas tank Cold storage Music in lobby and other areas Sanction of water supply. Electricity Board.BUDGET HOTELS 28 __________________________________________________________________ Hotels: Regulatory Authorities Requirement Approving Authority Approval of project Director General of Tourism (GOI) and Department of tourism state concerned Catering establishment license Bar License Labour Registration No-objection certificate from Police Import License Municipal Corporation Excise Department Directorate of Labour Superintendent of Police Director General of Foreign Trade(DGFT) Fire prevention fitness Fitness license of electrical installations Money Exchange License Sales Tax and registration Hotel Transport and Car Barrels. electricity. local development authority and land ceiling authority Clearance and approval of plans of site Urban arts commission Taxes . sewage collections Fire officer Chief electrical Inspections Reserve Bank Of India Sales Tax officer Regional Transport Officer Inspector – explosives Collector of excise and customs Performing rights society of India Municipal Corporation . oil storage.

The hotel collects this service tax from the people using the services on behalf of the government and further pays it to the government.5 8 7. sales tax and turnover tax on food and beverages.5-15 10 0-10 7. State – wise luxury tax and sales tax (March 2003) State Andhra Pradesh Assam Bihar Delhi Goa Gujrat Haryana Himachal Pradesh Jammu and Kashmir Karnataka Kerala Madhaya Pradesh Maharashtra Orissa Punjab Rajasthan Tamil Nadu Uttar Pradesh West Bengal Luxury Tax (%) 0-5 10-20 7 0-12.5 0-20 9.0 - SOME PLAYERS IN THE INDUSTRY HOTEL KUMARIA PRESIDENCY .2 10.5-15 10 0-6 0-10 5-12.8 0-34.8-22 13. Service tax % (Feb 05) 8.2-90 9.8 8-25 0-20 8.2 Banquets Conferences Health clubs.2 1-20 0-8.5 4-32.0 0-8.5 12-17.5 5 13 Sales Tax (%) 8.0 10.BUDGET HOTELS 29 __________________________________________________________________ The central government charges service tax to the hotel.5 1-10.8 0-8. dry-cleaning The state government charges luxury tax on rooms and.25 Turnover tax (%) 1.2 0-12 0-8 0-31.

HOTEL IN MUMBAI (BOMBAY) (3 STAR HOTEL IN MUMBAI) .400 059. Coffee Shop & Pub. Facing International Airport. 3 km form Domestic Airport : 29 : 12.BUDGET HOTELS 30 __________________________________________________________________ Location The Hotel is a five minutes drive from the international airport.K. Access Rooms Check In / Out Time Tariff Single Double Service Charge Luxury Tax Cuisine Air-Conditioning Credit Cards Other Facilities : 1/2 km from International Airport. Visa & Amex : 24 Hr.00 Noon : INR : 2145 : 2420 : 6% : 10% on Single Room. A. Marol. HOTEL TRANSIT. 2 Banquet Halls. Chinese & Continental : Centrally Air-Conditioned : Master. Andheri (East) Mumbai . MUMBAI . Conference Centre. Road. Courtesy Coach To & From Hotel and Airport. Kanika Restaurant & Bar. 6% on Double Room : Indian.

Mock tails. The HARDVARD HALL offers a well-trained staff and accommodates up to 75 pax. Street Side Café: It is the Authentic International Cuisine Café. and 20 ft from Centaur Hotel Bus Stop. Dining at Hotel Transit There are several F&B outlets at the Transit hotel Red Grill: It is the restaurant and bar of the hotel that serves Indian dishes. VCR.BUDGET HOTELS 31 __________________________________________________________________ Location Hotel Transit is situated in close proximity to the Mumbai Airport. Accommodation at Hotel Transit Transit Hotel offers 54 luxuriously appointed rooms for the stay of its guests in Mumbai. Complimentary Airport transfers round-the-clock are also available. are Pastas are amongst the must checkouts here. HOTEL BAWA INTERNATIONAL . Facilities at Hotel Transit Conference and banquet facilities are available at the Transit Hotel of Mumbai. Harvard Executive is the Plush discreet Conference/Meeting Hall of the Transit Hotel that can seat up to 25 people.HOTEL IN MUMBAI (BOMBAY) . Hotel Transit Mumbai is located 2 kms. Sizzlers. Transit offers five customized Suites with designs based on the Themes from Indian Heritage. OHP or many other facilities are available here. from Railway Station.

BUDGET HOTELS 32 __________________________________________________________________ Location Hotel Bawa International is located at Nehru Road Extn. from Bus Stand. Room Category Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Executive room 3800 3800 Deluxe suite 6400 6400 Super deluxe suite 7400 7400 HOTEL AIRPORT INTERNATIONAL. It is 2 kms. Vile Parle (East). close to domestic airport. MUMBAI (HOTEL IN MUMBAI) . Chinese and Continental cuisine. Accommodation at hotel Bawa International Hotel Bawa International has 76 rooms. which include 72 double rooms and 4 suites. Facilities at Hotel Bawa International Banquet-cum-Conference halls for 40 and 80 covers respectively are available at Hotel Bawa International. from Vile Parle Railway Station and 3 kms. Dining facilities at Hotel Bawa International The in-house restaurant of Hotel Bawa International serves Indian.

Accommodation at Hotel Airport International Hotel Airport International has 28 air-conditioned Rooms which include 10 single rooms and 18 double rooms. 1 km. from Domestic Airport. from Bus Stand.BUDGET HOTELS 33 __________________________________________________________________ Location The Hotel is located 1/2 km. Tariff Check in /out time: 12 noon Room Category Executive room Deluxe room Superior deluxe room Single Occupancy Double Occupancy 2000 --2500 3000 4500 5000 LEMON TREE HOTEL (GURGAON) .T. and E-mail. Telephone and C. Doctor on call.H/C running water. professional staff . Services at Hotel Airport International Hotel Airport International offers Room service. Facilities at Hotel Airport International Striking décor. Fax. from Vile Parle Railway Station and 1 km. Laundry.V. Airport transfers.

with instant high speed net access. a color printer. refrigerator and running hot and cold water). two telephone instruments. housekeeping. scanner. a fully equipped business center with meeting rooms. a fitness center and a swimming pool (optional). conference room and board room. Udyog Vihar has 49 rooms. Standard single rooms : Superior single rooms : : Superior single/double : rooms Twin rooms : 31 rooms with single beds 02 rooms with single beds 01 room for the physically challenged 03 rooms with queen sized beds and a sofa cum bed 12 rooms with two separate beds Tariffs . laundry and room service Business Facilities The hotel offers instant high speed net access from all residential rooms in addition to the business center. Accommodation at Lemon Tree Hotels:The Lemon Tree Hotel. photocopier and two individual workstations with Pentium 4 systems and TFT screens. recreation and entertainment facilities.BUDGET HOTELS 34 __________________________________________________________________ Lemon Tree Hotel Located within Udyog Vihar offers between 50-120 high quality rooms (fully air conditioned.a multi-cuisine restaurant. The hotel's business center is equipped with a LASER jet B&W printer. Service offerings will also include round the clock reception. thermal binder. a functional work table. These are fully equipped to function as mini offices.

Serving breakfast lunch and dinner IndiOne (Bangalore) . 3000 3600 4200 Restaurants and Dining The hotel’s bright and inviting 24 hour Coffee Shop called The Citrus Café.BUDGET HOTELS 35 __________________________________________________________________ Room Category Standard Single Room Superior Single Room Twin/Double Room Check out time: 12 noon Rs.

Serving breakfast lunch and dinner.with treadmill. Other Facilities • • • • • • • • • • Cyber cafe Meeting room . 30 minutes away from Indiranagar. Twin Rooms: 20 rooms with two separate beds. Double Rooms: 8 rooms with a queen-size bed. Tariffs Room Category Single Double/Twin Single Occupancy 900 950 EMERGING TRENDS SERVICE APARTMENTS . exercise cycle and weights Digital safe deposit boxes ATM Safe Zone : 24 hour security.BUDGET HOTELS 36 __________________________________________________________________ Location: hotel is located opposite the KTPO Exhibition Complex.seats 10 people Laundry facility – same day laundry Gym . 45 minutes away from City Bus Terminal and Railway Station Dining Facilities : the hotel has a restaurant called The Square meal. close circuit TV Secure Parking Doctor on call Credit cards accepted Accommodation at IndiOne: 101. A room for the physically challenged Check out: 24 hours from check in. Single Rooms: 72 rooms with single beds. SAP Labs. a self service restaurant. next to Perot Systems building in the area around Dell. 25 minutes away from Bangalore Airport. iGate & GE Medical Systems offices in KIADB in Whitefield.

though a recent phenomenon in India. the concept is particularly popular with business travelers. Service apartments are the latest trend in accommodation. microwave and toaster. The concept of service apartments. service apartments are a natural choice for corporate employees or expatriates relocating to a particular city. is an established global concept.BUDGET HOTELS 37 __________________________________________________________________ The cost effectiveness of service apartments is making them second home for expatriates and business executives on the move. So we will provide a big refrigerator. Ideally suited for medium to long staying guests. both from the service provider/receiver’s perspective. heat packaged food. people renovating their homes and of course foreigners visiting the city for long durations. and store food. During a certain market research it was found that executives in India really do not want to cook but would like to fix an occasional breakfast. nonresident Indians visiting the country for long spells. A service apartment is more spacious and is equipped with all the amenities that a long-staying guest needs. With most apartment hotels strategically located in the city centre. both mid-level and senior management level business executives. mainly in the commercial and financial districts of metropolitan cities. . offering the comfort and convenience of a home without the hassles of having to maintain or look after it. The concept of service apartments offers a cost advantage and a longer term commitment.

Budget hotels are very economical to a middle class person. International players are also coming in with join ventures. they are increasing employment. As many metros still are short of rooms budget hotels is and will be the right way to fill the gap of excessive demand. The economical price of these hotels is giving the people value for money and encouraging them to use these hotels for business trips and leisure trips. BIBLOGRAPHY Internet and Websites: . Many companies are setting up new budget hotels establishing chains. The concept of branded budget hotels is entering India. indiOne is going to launch 60 such hotels in the next five years. there is a room for growth of this type of hotels. creating revenues for the government. The government has also increased the foreign direct investment limit to 100 per cent in hotels. The future belongs to these budget hotels which are going to give other type of hotels a tough time. with multinational hospitality organizations like Accor with Ibis.BUDGET HOTELS 38 __________________________________________________________________ CONCLUSION After completing this project I feel that there is lot of scope and openings in this large and every growing sector of hospitality. The government is also taking initiatives for the growth of tourism and the torisism of India growing this will surely effect the hotel industry in a good way.

indiainfoline.tata. Partha Chaterjee (Taj Group of Hotels) Annexure I Indian Hotels Company unveils indiOne™ Redefines the hospitality industry with an innovative.com www.rediff.indione.lemontreehotels. Suri (Secretary General – FHRAI) Mr.com www.com Books and Reports • Business World – June 2005 • Crisil Report on Hotels – May 2005 Mr.com www.BUDGET HOTELS 39 __________________________________________________________________ • • • • • www. first-of-its-kind of ‘Smart .com www.

meeting room. twin and queen-sized rooms. The 'Smart Basics' – a new category of hotels – signifies simplicity. secure. tea / coffee maker. Mr Tata said. pilgrims and leisure travelers who are looking for a clean. style. Bangalore. The indiOne™ hotel also has a restaurant. secondary and tertiary cities across the country. comfortable beds. 24 hours hot / cold water and toiletries. an ATM. “Last year. This spirit of innovation is evident through the indigenous development of indiOne and is a giant step forward for Indian Hotels. wood laminate flooring. IHCL inaugurated the first indiOne™ hotel at Whitefield. 2004 After a century of pioneering achievements in the Indian hospitality industry. the Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL). IHCL said. One of the challenges identified then was to innovate and to lead. The first hotel in Bangalore has 101 well-appointed rooms. Unveiling the first indiOne™. managing director. modular and scalable and will provide guests with a consistent experience. traders and self-employed professionals.” The indiOne™ hotels are modern. Indian Hotels celebrated the centenary of its flagship hotel in Mumbai. mini-fridge. gymnasium facilities. It is only apt that we unveil this important initiative in a year when the Tata Group is paying tributes to the lives and times of J N Tata. Mr Raymond Bickson. digital safe . convenient hotel. informality. with a choice of single. a cyber café. convenience. the guiding principle behind the design was to create a unique ‘space’ that is conducive not only for guest comfort and relaxation but also for their work requirements. modernity and affordability. 24-hour reception. the dynamics of the entire industry has changed and a category like the Smart Basic hotels has emerged as a compelling business opportunity. a 17-inch flat screen colour television with satellite channels. while providing an extremely comfortable. chairman. Dr C K Prahalad.BUDGET HOTELS 40 __________________________________________________________________ Basics’ Hotels June 25. We do believe that significant demand exists in the metros. “In the last few years. from the rooms to the furniture and lighting systems. Speaking on the occasion. clean and safe stay at an affordable cost. the indiOne™ hotels are designed to be functional. tourists. far beyond the present offerings in the industry. the indiOne™ hotels will create a new category in the domestic hospitality landscape. while giving a major fillip to Indian tourism and other ancillary industries. The primary objective behind the launch of indiOne™ is to provide a superior product offering and consistent experience to travelers. today renewed its commitment to innovation with the unveiling of indiOne™. direct-dial telephone including STD facility. Indigenously designed and developed by IHCL. Ratan N. have been thoughtfully created to offer users a unique sense of welcome. J R D Tata and Naval Tata. The design of the hotel. warmth. a first-of-its-kind of ‘Smart Basics’ Hotels. indiOne™ caters to corporate executives. a work area. The rooms are individually airconditioned and provided with electronic locks. without having to pay premium prices.” Priced at Rs 900 for a single room and Rs 950 for a double room. Developed in association with renowned corporate strategy thinker. Tata.

The increased economic momentum in India and globalisation of its businesses presents immense potential for a path-breaking hospitality offering like indiOne. As part of its growth strategy of following an asset light strategy.” IHCL has conducted extensive qualitative and quantitative research on various aspects of a travellers needs. The exhaustive research has culminated in the identification of the potential of a category of Smart Basics and the conceptualisation and design of indiOne™. Indian Hotels plans 60 budget hotels in 5 years Business Standard — August 10. service needs and expectations. This represents an important innovation from India in a traditional industry. co-creator of indiOne™. a first-of-its-kind of ‘Smart Basics’ hotels across the country. “There has been a recovery in the travel and hospitality industry driven by growth in the economy and the fact that international travel increased by 18 per cent after three years of difficulty. 100 per cent power back up. RCL operates IndiOne™. an 80-room luxury service apartment facility. Incorporated in December 2003.BUDGET HOTELS 41 __________________________________________________________________ deposit boxes. “The launch of indiOne is a cause for celebration. the group has secured management contracts for hotels in Mauritius and Kovalam in Kerala. said Tata group chairman Ratan Tata during the 103rd annual general meeting of Indian Hotels Company. is planning to open 55-60 smart basics hotels (budget hotels) in the next five years. not just for IHCL but also for the Indian industry.9 million. Roots Corporation Limited (RCL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL). The company has invested Rs 240 crore for setting up the service apartments. The research was primarily aimed at understanding travel patterns. Adds Dr C K Prahalad. these will be far less prone to fluctuations than the luxury and upscale segments. Domestic tourism also increased by 15 per cent in the same period. The luxury division contributes 49 per cent to the Taj group’s revenues. in the last quarter of this year. the highest ever recorded for India. predominantly focusing on domestic clientele. the group expects that this segment will help in derisking its current revenue stream. Tata said. . owners of the Taj group of hotels. As these hotels will be catering to the economy segment. It will be opening the Taj Wellington Mews. In the long run. The company has chalked out a capital expenditure of Rs 167 crore in the current year that includes renovating some of its properties. The group launched the first prototype in Bangalore in June under the brand name ‘Indione’. empowering them with a unique and reliable choice.” Foreign tourist arrivals for the financial year 2003-04 increased by 2. as well as wi-fi connectivity in the public areas and individual rooms. 2004 Indian Hotels Company. hotel usage. This new category augers well for the consumer.

" says Uttam Dave. Within a fraction of a second. is not restricting itself to three stars . For instance. "The facilities there are mindboggling. To make the best of the opportunity. plans to build 25 hotels under the brand Ibis in 12 years. The size speaks for itself . Pune and Mumbai. Hyderabad International Convention Centre can accommodate 6.90. . 2005 Staying in plush hotels will no longer be only for high-flying executives and the wealthy. Novotel Hotels are coming up in Gurgaon. where people postpone visits because of lack of accommodation. demand is rising at around 15 per cent. players are redoing old hotels and properties.spread over 2. real estate developers are making attending conferences and seminars an experience to reckon with. from the commercial town of Bangalore to holy places like Hardwar. partions can be created — this is something India has never seen. InterGlobe. the occupancy rates of over 70 per cent suggest that there is enough space for several new hotels to come up.under Sofitel and Novotel brands it is managing five-star category hotels. several halls can be converted into large convention halls.BUDGET HOTELS 42 __________________________________________________________________ Check out these niche hotels Sangeeta Singh and Nanditta Chibber | November 05. and three-to-four star ones under the Mercure brand.from economy and budget to upwards of three stars. while Mumbai and Pune will see two Ibis hotels each of over 150 rooms.000 persons. According to Dave. all of which means more style and comfortable stays for travellers. 'Pravashi Bharti' in December. other companies like the Kamath's and Taj are also coming up with their budget hotels. however. Gurgaon and Jaipur will have one each with the former having over 215 rooms. And besides building new hotels. The hotel industry is getting into all kinds of hotels . So.000 sq feet. IndiOne. is also high. five of which are already under execution. Delhi-based InterGlobe Hotels. managing and leasing them." says Dave. is developing 30 projects. All these hotels will have three star facilities. which is a joint venture between InterGlobe Enterprises and Accor Asia Pacific. Besides. president and CEO InterGlobe Hotels. "The possibility of a turnaway factor. which will have its first large conference. a Taj project. What's more. InterGlobe is also developing and managing an international standard convention centre in Hyderabad.

While some hoteliers are getting into developing properties in IT parks. Sarovar Hotels . "we want to pay market prices. the company today has 11 properties. But the success of The Himalayan View Retreat in Ramgarh. and as the company is now also managing properties. The company's getaways in Corbett . the government will see serious bidders only when rates are reasonable.Corbett Hideway." Dave is clear. "Sometime back. a luxury resort and Corbett Riverview Retreat . Started in 1989. The company's core competency of managing and publicity has broadened its vision of expanding in managing properties for others. holy cities. Leisure Hotels targets niche segments of the leisure traveller to destinations where luxury resorts and hotels were previously not considered profitable. what does the hotel industry expect — prime land at discounted prices? "No. there is a lot of assured business in CBDs and increased inbound travel is facilitating that. cultural and spiritual destinations for the midmarket traveller. Vibhas Prasad.are its premier brands. Chardham Camp in Uttranchal. the hotel industry is not growing at the same speed. director. Haveli Hari Ganga in Haridwar and the others tells a different story. business development feels that "we have reached a stage where we can manage the properties of our choice".companies are also waiting for the opening bids for the Commonwealth Games. to be held in 2010. but because the rates were so crazy." says Dave. Restoring a haveli in Uchagaon along the Ganga. smaller industrial towns and national parks. the Delhi Development Authority had two to three rounds of auctions of properties in Delhi. others like InterGlobe are focussing on central business districts.BUDGET HOTELS 43 __________________________________________________________________ Not just that . With the success of their ventures. and also maintaining and using them for tourists." says Dave. So." Will the government take this seriously? Leisure hotels Leisure Hotels is tapping natural. there were no takers. "While inbound travel has grown by 25 per cent in the last two years. According to Dave. its new venture will promote it as a river-dolphin viewing destination. It has formulated the concept of developing and selling cottages at the Corbett Riverview Retreat. and unfortunately the government is not considering hotels a priority sector along with infrastructure and housing. but the procedure should be expedited. According to Dave.

Sarovar Hotels manages." After the launch of the first one in Bangalore in November 2005. woods in all the rooms and provide smaller rooms. the demand for "Budget hotels" is turning desperate. ideally speaking. "A budget hotel. I will need cleanliness. "Future plans include developing of hometels . the company is refurbishing the Solluna Resort. Lemon Tree Hotel. The domestic tourism. As any traveller. Sarovar Hotels 'Park Inn' in Badrinath is one of the first ventures introducing four-star hospitality in pilgrimage destinations.our three-star. is a three-star or a four-star hotel with cheaper costs. which was about 308 million during the year 2003. Gurgaon. and three-star categories respectively. If you remove the top end items like high valued marbles. leisure and religious destinations. . According to Anil Madhok. Managing Director.5 per cent in 2004. I would also look for good and quality food. limited service. Sarovar Portico and Hometel brands as domestic brands. Hyderabad and Jaipur are on the cards with "a target of 50 hometels in the next 7-10 years". The Park Plaza Royal Palms in Mumbai and The Promenade in Pondicherry are two recent additions in the business hospitality sector.BUDGET HOTELS 44 __________________________________________________________________ Started in 1991. Keeping in view the increasing trend of arrival of tourists to the country. At the Jim Corbett National Park. franchises and markets 32 hospitality centres across business. Its affiliation with Carlson Worldwide continues under the Park Plaza and Park Inn brands. encompassing five-. requirement of accommodation in budget category of hotels during the next five years has been estimated at about one lakh hotel rooms The country witnessed a growth of 14. Mumbai. four-. Anil Madhok's Sarovar Hotels are now a leading multi-brand hotel management company. This percentage was increased by 23. Sarovar Hotels. good quick service. hygiene. managing director. it will cut down the costs drastically. registered increase of about 14 per cent during 2004. adds Madhok. Pune. But it will incorporate all the features and facilities required by a business traveller. rebranding it as Solluna Sarovar Premier. no-frills brand. Demand for budget hotels in India on the rise Publish Date : 10/4/2005 Source : Travel and Aviation News With a sharp rise in the number of tourists in India. telecommunication such as internet and telephones. "says Patu Keswani. and now it has launched Sarovar Premier.3 per cent of tourists during the year 2003.

Rs. Deputy General Manager (Operations). But still the higher officials prefer to go to the five star hotels. So we have a very high profit-making venture and that is why we are in this business. For setting up of over 100 budget hotels in the country.BUDGET HOTELS 45 __________________________________________________________________ India is certainly the fastest growing travel market. facilities and levels of comfort you would expect from a five-star hotel. which is at the lower end of the deluxe hotels and at the upper end of the guest houses.000 rupees in this regard. Otherwise. 25 lakh to 1-star. Accor and Inter Continental are also establishing budget brands across the country. Hilton. Managing Director." says Sunil Verma. With a view to streamlining the scheme to provide subsidy to the budget hotels. The incentive is in the form of capital grant of 10 per cent of the total principal loan taken from designated financial institutions or up to Rs. 2004 . the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is leasing out Government lands to the private sector units." says Cyrus Madan. 50 lakh to 2. At the same time maintain the meticulous standards required by the travel and tour operators worldwide. leading Indian and international hotel chains like Marriott. Kolkata and Chennai. Lemon Tree Hotel.Delhi. Rs. Establishment of nation-wide internationally-branded economy hotel network will fill a major void in the Indian hospitality sector. a customer of a budget hotel. Not just business travellers but also families who come on vacation are happy to go with this option. The staff at lower-management-level are the people that generally prefers these hotels. (ANI) Lemon Tree to grow in other cities Maitreyee Handique | September 17. "I would prefer a budget hotel because one can eat to one's satisfaction at cheaper rate.star. "An organisation has different departments. At present.Kundu. the capital subsidy is granted to newly approved hotel project in 1-star to 3-star and Heritage Basic categories in the country except the four metropolitan cities-. 75 lakh to 3-star and the Heritage Basic category project. "Fifty per cent GOP is what we operate on and we guarantee an 18 per cent return on investment. in a deluxe hotel one has to pay minimum 3. Government of India has introduced a scheme "incentive to accommodation infrastructure". Not all the staff members are designated to senior-level positions. Mumbai. Hotel Royal Castel. We don't invest in any hotel unit where we are not guaranteed on the 18 per cent return of investment. Under this scheme. whichever is less. These hotels promise all of the amenities. the Ministry of Tourism.P. Similarly." says B. the budget hoteliers are targeting the group.

others in the segment are Sarovar Park Hotels and Resort Ltd (Hometel). says they are negotiating to have a presence in Bangalore. Apart from Lemon Tree. after the no-frill airlines wave." says Keswani. the Tatas (IndiOne. Taj Residency) and the Oberois (Trident). Lemon Tree may come up on the top floor of a shopping mall. adding that 40 per cent of its business clients have previously stayed at five-star hotels. customers will be able to gauge for themselves what our product stands for. "With competition. The company will also look at Vadodara and Surat. . "Our target is to achieve at least 50 per cent operating profit every year. with its first property fully operational. more players are likely to enter the market. The Chennai property is similarly located close to the software Tidel Park I. Patu Keswani.BUDGET HOTELS 46 __________________________________________________________________ After setting up the first 49-room Lemon Tree hotel in Gurgaon in June this year.a 100-room hotel in Pune. managing director of Krizm Hotels. But with the demand for budget hotels growing three to five times more than the leisure five-star hotels." says Keswani. The three properties will be ready within one-and-a-half years. Choice Hospitality (Clarion). Jaipur and Chandigarh. "Both Pune and Chennai are the fastest growing software centres.all at a cost of Rs 65 crore (Rs 650 million). In Jaipur. it is the budget segment in the hospitality industry that is growing rapidly. Krizm Hotel is promoted by 40 private equity investors. the company has bought its Pune property in the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park. a 160-room hotel in Chennai and another 45room hotel in Gurgaon -." With its aim of remaining within two kilometre of any business centre. "Our preliminary assessment report shows that there is a demand for the Lemon Tree product in these cities. But Keswani isn't worried. Besides. Clearly. In keeping with the company's target of opening 25 hotels in seven years. Hyderabad. Delhi-based Krizm Hotels (Pvt) Ltd is ready to develop three more business budget properties -. the hotel is also beginning to understand the habits of domestic consumers." says Keswani.

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