“Make in India” event in Mumbai expected to make ‘house-full’ at prime hotels

From ET Realty

MUMBAI: Premium hotels in Mumbai are expecting full booking during the ‘Make in India’ event being hosted in the Bandra-Kurla Complex later this month.

Delegates from over 1,000 companies across 60 countries are expected to check in at top hotel chains, including the Taj, Oberoi, ITC, The Leela and Marriott, during the event.

“A campaign as significant as this is a great boost, not just for the hospitality sector, but also for the overall business environment in the city,” said a spokesperson for the Taj Group.

The ‘Make in India’ event, being organised by the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) and the ministry of commerce and industry between February 13 and 18, is expected to generate a requirement for about 10,000 rooms for the sector.

Philippe Charraudeau, vice-president (west) & general manager at ITC Maratha, said: “The surge in business is not just room sales, but also in other aspects of business leading to incremental growth.”

“Traditionally, February is a good month for the hotel industry. With the Make-in-India week falling in the middle of the month, delegates have made their bookings well in advance and we expect to be sold out for that week,” said Sameer Sud, general manager at The Leela Mumbai.

Oberoi Group’s Trident Hotel and French hospitality chain AccorHotels’ luxury property Sofitel in the Bandra-Kurla complex are anticipating bumper business, owing to their proximity to the MMRDA ground, which is the venue for the event.

“As for the hotel, given its location, it would benefit tremendously in terms of business from this endeavor, with reference to MICE, rooms and food and beverage,” said Biswajit Chakraborty, general manager at Sofitel Hotel.

Hotel chains are drawing up plans to cater to the rush of delegates who are expected to stay with them.

Anuraag Bhatnagar, area general manager of Starwood Hotels India and general manager of St Regis, said: “Butlers are being allotted with special attention to the nationalities of the delegates.”

Saeid Heidari, general manager at JW Marriott Sahar, said the hotel is putting in place additional security measures for the top level delegates.

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