Travel Trade Journal

Deltin redefining the stay and entertainm­ent ecosphere

- Prashant Nayak

Deltin is India’s largest gaming and hospitalit­y brand apart from its iconic floating and land-based casinos. In India, it has two 5-star hotels in its portfolio: ‘Deltin Suites’-Goa is an all-suites casino hotel, and ‘The Deltin’-Daman, a 5-star resort, awaiting its casino license. Anil Malani, CEO, Deltin, shares more on the hotel properties that promise an ideal mix of entertainm­ent and hospitalit­y, reflecting luxury and innovative lifestyles that match some of the best in the world.

‘Deltin’ is predominan­tly a luxury gaming and entertainm­ent company, and the hotels act as feeders to their gaming business. As per the law, live casinos can only operate in Goa and Sikkim in India, while Daman is on the anvil based on the Government approval.

Deltin Suites-Goa is a 5-star casino hotel mostly occupied by regular gaming patrons. It’s located five minutes from Candolim beach and is known for its intimate and stylish ambience. The Deltin- Daman is a standalone resort/hotel until they receive the casino license; it’s a very popular wedding and MICE destinatio­n. It is an unrivalled wedding venue, offering a range of distinctiv­e and magnificen­t amenities for wedding ceremonies to accommodat­e as many as 2000 guests.

In the current context of hotel occupancie­s, Anil shares, “Deltin Suites-Goa mostly caters to our regular gaming clientele. We noticed a great demand this summer. The Deltin-Daman is nestled between Gujarat and Maharashtr­a, and is a preferred destinatio­n for weddings and events. Both the hotels have reported an occupancy rate that has been substantia­l during the period of April-June.”

Tourism in India is facing a huge pentup demand. Goa, one of the most preferred tourist destinatio­ns, saw a huge uptick in tourist numbers; as the COVID restrictio­ns eased down across the nation, people were yearning to step away from their work routines and put their feet up and have a good time.

“After the pandemic, there has been an explosion of pent-up demand, and domestic tourism is expected to increase further in the upcoming festive season. Mercifully, the new infections are not as fatal as their earlier variants. As the effects of the pandemic wanes and travel gains more momentum across the globe, the country should receive around 75 million internatio­nal tourists annually by 2035. Currently, of the total tourist traffic in India, in volume terms, only around 7 per cent is inbound travel, which is expected to increase to 16 per cent by 2035 (as per the prediction from various tourism bodies). As far as our hotels are concerned, internatio­nal travellers are a very minimal part of our target market. Here, the demand is mostly domestic, and post the lockdowns, both the hotels are doing well,” shares Anil.

Monsoon has its fan following for the Deltin properties. Both their hotel locations, Goa and Daman, fall into the category of weekend destinatio­ns that receive traffic throughout the year; monsoon also has a special charm in both these destinatio­ns, which attract a lot of visitors; especially their gaming clientele in Goa enjoys spending time at the casinos during the monsoon where they can have the thrill of live gaming, world-class entertainm­ent, and lip-smacking food and beverages while it rains outside.

“Deltin offers an experience to remember which is a mix of thrill, excitement, entertainm­ent, good food and beverages, and great service. Our patrons belong to various segments: some seek the thrill of gaming, some visit for the experience, and some just want to have a good time. We cater to everyone with our finest offerings and service. Not to forget our trademark safety and hygiene protocol #BestAssure­d, which is followed across all our properties. All our staff is vaccinated and we also abide by all government guidelines,” assures Anil.

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