A haven for Innovative Meetings
Saurabh Bharara, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore, highlights the USP of the property and how it has invoked a new concept of meetings
What defines luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore? Located in the heart of downtown Bengaluru, the hotel presents seven restaurants and lounges, superlative accommodation, impeccable meeting venues, a dedicated Club Lounge, unmatched cuisine and a sublime spa. The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore, is the first and only RitzCarlton brand in the Indian subcontinent. The RitzCarlton, Bangalore, believes in creating memories by way of curating experiences for its guests, through exemplary dining events and experiential stays.
What is the MiCE USP of your hotel?
The hotel has created a destination that speaks to the needs of modern meetings, with 277 guest rooms including suites, more than 21,000 square feet of event space and conference rooms, serviced by a team of dedicated experts. Meetings and events at the Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore, take on new life by stirring the senses. From rooftop summits to poolside meetings to exquisite dreamlike weddings, our flexible and non-traditional approach to meetings enrich the senses and ensures attendees go home with a story to tell. Our meeting spaces can accommodate up to 1,000 guests in a variety of conference venues, providing a wide range of flexibility for hosting
meetings in Bengaluru. From the start of your event, you will find a skilled team of dedicated Ritz-Carlton ladies and gentlemen who ensure flawless execution to the highly-personalised events we host. In a new programme launched in 2016, ‘A Meeting of the Senses', the relaxed and refined environments of participating Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts around the globe set the scene to create innovative meetings that awaken the mind, stir creativity, and intensify focus.
What have been your occupancies/ARRs and REVPAR for 2018? What are your targets for the rest of the year?
The hotel has seen a steady growth in occupancy and rates in 2018, leading to an overall incremental RevPAR of 8.8 per cent YOY. The trend looks healthy for the rest of the year too.
How is Bengaluru developing as a city for hospitality? Bengaluru is a favoured destinations for weddings, conferences, banquets and event exhibitions and apart from the few convention/ exhibition centers available, organisers today have a preference for hotels in the city, as everything is streamlined and organised along with the availability of state-of-the-art facilities and personalised services, under one roof. By the end of 2018, Bengaluru will be at par with Mumbai in terms of hotel inventory and that is really a very positive sign of development for the hotel industry here as a whole.
The city's economy is a service-led economy, the IT Sector has been a major source of business for the hotel industry.
What green initiatives have been taken by your hotel?
We have had our in-house kitchen garden since 2013. It was introduced to source organic food and to combine fresh ingredients with culinary excellence. The advantage of growing our own produce is that we will always have a fresh and steady batch.
The hotel has created a destination of modern meetings with 277 guestrooms and 21,000 sqft of event space