Taj, Hayyat and ITC hotels to put up propterties in Odisha
In a stimulus to the tourism sector in Odisha, large hotel brands such as Taj Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, ITC Hotels and Crown Plaza have come forward to start their hotels in the state.
“Taj Hotel is coming up with a large commercial complex. Similarly, we are hopeful that ITC’s property will be ready in the next six months. All the new hotels will be coming up in Bhubaneswar,” said a senior official of the tourism department.
ITC Group is putting up a 110 room five star hotel in Bhubaneswar under its Welcome Hotel brand.
According to the Odisha tourism website, the state has about 13 star-category hotels with an inventory of 1,200 rooms. Out of the total star-category hotels, only two properties- Mayfair Lagoon and Hotel Trident -are in the five-star deluxe category and the rest are below them.
Collaboration with the hospitality brands of repute could help showcase Odisha as a global tourism destination.
Leading hotel groups in the state are open to the concept. To accommodate increased flow of tourists by 2025, Odisha needs to ramp up hotel room capacity three fold at an estimated investment of Rs 14.5 through public private participation, said a study report.
Odisha has 9,791 tourists per category hotel rooms, which are higher than the national average of 7,357, according to India Tourism Statistics, that implies the state has a dearth of category hotel rooms.
A three-fold increase in the number of hotel rooms in the state by 2025 will require a capital expenditure of Rs 14.5 billion through a public private participation, added the report.
Tourism is one of the six focus sectors for attracting new investment identified by the Odisha government.
Earlier, the state tourism department had a word with the leading hospitality brands, seeking collaboration for enhancing the tourism industry of the state. Odisha is having a gloomy record in attracting international tourists and hopes the collaborations with the leading local hoteliers would help to overcome this weakness.