Say, 'I DO' like roy­alty in Udaipur

Radis­son Blu Udaipur Palace Re­sort & Spa pro­vides a beau­ti­ful back­drop for wed­dings and events. Poonam Agar­wal Nair, Re­gional Di­rec­tor of Sales, Radis­son Blu Udaipur Palace Re­sort & Spa, talks about the busi­ness and wed­ding fa­cil­i­ties avail­able here

Micetalk - - Contents - Poonam Agar­wal Nair

What kind of con­fer­enc­ing and ban­quet­ing fa­cil­i­ties do you of­fer?

We have a plethora of in­door and out­door ban­quet­ing op­tions. Our grand ball­room of­fers 6000 sqft with a pre-func­tion area of 2200 sqft and ex­tended ban­quet gar­den of 4800 sqft. We have a board­room and four more meet­ing rooms with vary­ing ca­pac­ity for 16 to 100 peo­ple. Be­sides this, we have two grand lawns, a roof top ban­quet called Dome, and a pool­side. An­other mag­nif­i­cent op­tion is the Udai­chowk, which over­looks the palace while be­ing a royal back­drop to host wed­ding events.

What kind of spe­cialised ser­vices do you of­fer for con­fer­ences and wed­dings?

We spe­cialise as a wed­ding and MICE ho­tel, 60 per cent of our over­all rev­enue is gar­nered through these two seg­ments. Hence, we in­vest in tak­ing care of the finest de­tails to en­sure a seam­less event. We are a one-stop so­lu­tion for wed­dings and con­fer­ences, right from the ho­tel book­ing,

venues and func­tions fi­nal­i­sa­tion, menus, theme dé­cors, lo­gis­tics, event han­dling, book­ing of artists for en­ter­tain­ment, book­ing of artists for mehndi, salon, spa, we do it all.

We have a board­room and 4 more meet­ing rooms with vary­ing ca­pac­ity for 16-100 peo­ple

We have a spe­cialised team of peo­ple who shadow the wed­ding client and guide them through the en­tire jour­ney. We ap­point per­sonal but­lers for the im­me­di­ate fam­ily, bride and groom to en­sure all last­minute run­ning is taken care of and of­fer a stress­free ex­pe­ri­ence. Like­wise, for our con­fer­ence right from ho­tel book­ing, con­fer­ence plan­ning, au­dio vi­su­als, lo­gis­tics, con­fer­ence set up, or­gan­is­ing of cock­tails events, award cer­e­monies etc, we do it all.

How has the Oc­cu­pancy, ARRs and RevPAR been for you in 2017?

The year 2017 has been a spec­tac­u­lar year, though the ho­tel has po­ten­tial for more. How­ever, over­all it has been a good year with some great num­ber of wed­dings and MICE move­ments from across all seg­ments. We an­tic­i­pate clos­ing at nearly 75 per cent oc­cu­pancy with a 15 per cent growth in ARR and 10 per cent growth in RevPAR. We have seen a good seg­ment mix this year con­trib­uted by wed­dings, MICE, in­bound and do­mes­tic agents, TPI's etc.

What are your ex­pec­ta­tions from 2018?

We are a busi­ness hun­gry ho­tel and have been per­sis­tent in of­fer­ing the best and up­grad­ing the prod­uct and ser­vices with time. The ho­tel has un­der­gone ren­o­va­tion this year and a fresh look has been im­parted to our pub­lic ar­eas, restau­rants, ball­room, lobby and rooms.

A lot of re­fur­bish­ment has been car­ried out to im­part a more royal look and feel to the ho­tel. With this, we are all set to wel­come 2018 and it al­ready looks like an op­ti­mistic year with the in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the city, the ho­tel, the in­flux has been huge from all seg­ments.

How is Udaipur de­vel­op­ing as a mar­ket for MICE as well as for hospi­tal­ity? Is there any chal­lenges, changes in gov­ern­men­tal poli­cies re­quired?

Udaipur is a beau­ti­ful city, also de­scribed as the ‘Venice of the East'. A city which still pre­serves its rich her­itage and tra­di­tion, the grand pala­tial struc­tures give the feel of the an­cient times. Ow­ing to the seren­ity of the place and these at­tributes, a lot of tourism is at­tracted from all cor­ners of the world. Its grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity as one of the pre­ferred cities for des­ti­na­tion wed­dings, fas­ci­nates clients not just from India, but, also from Gulf, Mid­dle East, the UK, etc. Ow­ing to prox­im­ity, a lot of MICE is at­tracted from Gu­jarat, Delhi, Jaipur and Mum­bai. Even the flight con­nec­tiv­ity from these cities has im­proved over last two years. Di­rect flights from other big­ger cities like Ben­galuru, Chen­nai, Kolkata etc. could add to the in­flux and de­mand of the city. Also, tax poli­cies is­sued by the gov­ern­ment should en­sure fo­cus on pro­mot­ing tourism on a whole.

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