Al Diyafa Eyes Serviced Apartments And Mid-Scale Hotels

Hotel News spoke to Adam Rahmani, director, Al Diyafa Hotel & Catering Supplies at The Hotel Show on 20 September to find out more about the products the company is highlighting at this year’s event.

Rahmani commented: “We plan to continue serving new projects in the region. Our main focus is on UAE, however we’re also looking to serve new projects across the GCC region.

“We’ve moved into the hotel apartment sector in recent years, so we can see the growth in that sector as well as the mid-range sector as well. We see there is perhaps an oversupply in the five-star sector so we anticipate more demand for our products in other sectors depending on market conditions.

At The Hotel Show, Al Diyafa showcased a wide range of quality kitchen utensils, buffetware and tableware designed for the restaurant sector in the GCC, including Porland porcelain from Turkey, Pinti Inox cutlery from Italy and cast-iron cookware from Lava.

Rahmani was also keen to highlight the company’s range of Paderno kitchen utensils from Italy.

“Our major brand is Paderno from Italy, with a range of kitchen utensils, as well as their sister company Arthur Krupp silverware and tableware range. So overall, we’re presenting a range of our best-sellers as well as a few new items from each of those brands,” he commented.

The Hotel Show, part of Dubai International Hospitality Week, took place at Dubai World Trade Centre on 18 – 20 September. Mumbai Home Stays & Serviced Apartments Online Awards 2017 goes live

For the first time in India, news and entertainment portal has announced a unique guest and user-review-based awards for the Home Stays and Serviced Apartments sector in Mumbai – Mumbai Home stays & Serviced Apartments Online Awards 2017

According to Awards and Editorial Director Megha Chaudhary, “For the first time, we are professionally grading and rating home stays and serviced apartments. For the first year 2017, this exercise is being conducted only in Mumbai. Next year, in January 2018, we will repeat the exercise Pan-India, and cover all the home stays and serviced apartments all over India.

As per definition, Homestay is a popular form of hospitality and lodging whereby visitors stay in a house or apartment of a local of the city to which they are travelling. In some places, it is also known as Bed and Breakfast Scheme and supported by local authorities.

The length of stay can vary from one night to even a year and can be free, in exchange for monetary compensation, in exchange for a reciprocal stay at the guest’s property either simultaneously or at another time (home exchange), or in exchange for help on the host’s property. Longer term home stays are popular with students that are participating in study abroad programs. Home stays are examples of collaborative consumption and sharing. In cases where money is not exchanged in return for accommodation, they are examples of a barter economy or gift economy.

However, in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad and all over the world, the concept of Home Stays has extended to include corporate clients or business travellers and has become a professionalized business. In Mumbai, home stays are professionally managed and staffed by experienced hospitality professionals.

As opposed to Home stays which are run by individual owners who own surplus residential real estate and rent it to students and budget guests, Serviced Apartments can be considered the wealthier cousin or big brother of Home Stays. A Serviced Apartment is a completely furnished apartment with modern amenities including Satellite TV, Wi Fi and air conditioning, all included and available for both short-term and long- term stays. They are inclusive of utility bills and provide all of the hotel-like amenities such as maid service, reception and 24 hour customer and room service. Both home stays and serviced apartments may provide in-house kitchens where guests can cook their own meals, or may include a cook who provides basic cooked items or makes to order. Home stays lack the 24-hour room service which has become de facto for serviced apartments.

While corporate entities and international hospitality chains also run and manage Serviced Apartments, their tariffs are only marginally lower than the hotel chains run by the brand, which makes it beyond the budgetary reach of students and low-budget travellers.

“Home stays are the new budget hotels of today, replacing motels and lodges and have become extremely popular in cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. While online travel agencies (OTAs) do rate and grade Home stays based on user feedback, there is no industry-wise rating agency for the sector. has moved in to fill this gap, with professional independent editorial reviews as well as paid promotions to help home stay owners market their properties in a more efficient way with reasonable marcom expense budgets,” explained Megha Chaudhary, Awards and Editorial Director, explaining that a panel of jurists will technically evaluate information and user feedback from various sources including social media sources to arrive at the list of winners for the sector.

“Extensive data mining and data analysis will be carried out. It will be a thoroughly extensive and independent exercise to rate and grade home stays and service apartments in Mumbai,” said Chaudhary.

“A star-based grading or rating system is also being set in place, but is evolving and more research is required before it can be finalised and will be announced after the Awards. Home stays and Service Apartments will rated from 1-star to 7-stars, based on ten different parameters including service, comfort, ambience and aesthetics, pricing, amenities, safety, facilities offered, etc.,” Chaudhary said.

Home Stay and Serviced Apartment owners can contact via email: for more information regarding the above news release.


Phillips Body Massage Introduces New Line of Aromatic Massage to Reduce Your Fatigue and Tensions

New Delhi, Delhi, August 17, 2017 /– With increased stress, extra responsibilities and never-ending deadlines, it is easy to lose the rhythm of life and bow down to the perennial pressures on personal and professional levels. With time, the stress and anxiety builds and starts creating problems on mental, physical and emotional level and we look for medicines, products and techniques to eliminate this stress from our lives. Thankfully, body massage is an amazing way to unwind, relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and senses perfectly. A body massage when combines with the right aromatic oils performed under the expert supervision of a professional therapists becomes a complete carousel of relaxation, both on the inner and outer world. Thus, if you too are looking at ways to relax and replenish your lost vigour and vitality, simply contact us and book a reliable, professional and affordable body massage in Delhi today!

We are experts in providing various types of body tobody massage in Delhi and our aim is to satisfy our clientele in the best way possible. Our professional male and female body masseuses are trained and friendly to offer maximum relaxation and ultimate pleasure to you with every massage session. Try our body to body massage in Delhi services and open up to a new world of physical, mental and emotional pleasure like you have never experienced before. A body massage will put an end to your worries, stress and anxiety while also boost blood circulation, improve sleep quality and increase your confidence.

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Notes to Editor

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Le Méridien unveils its latest hotel in Goa, Calangute

Indore, Madhya Pradesh, August 14, 2017 /

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, a part of Marriott International Inc, today announced the opening of the Le Méridien in Goa, Calangute further strengthening the Paris-born brand’s presence in India with its 10th property. Situated on the bustling Calangute- Candolim road, Le Méridien Goa, Calangute is set to expose the curious and creative minded traveler to the best-kept secrets of North Goa. With experiences and programmes centered around the brand’s filters of discovery – culture, coordinates and cuisine, the hotel promises accessible and stimulating experiences in the form of Illy Coffee, Eclairs & Unlock Art partnerships.

“Le Méridien Goa, Calangute is our 10th Le Méridien property in India. We are extremely elated to invite and host curious travelers to unlock India’s favourite beach destination with our carefully curated local experiences and engaging brand programmes. Goa being an ideal expansion to our brand offering, we are pleased to unveil the Le Meridien Goa, Calangute with the promise to deliver an unparalleled experience for every guest visiting” said Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President – South Asia, Marriott International, Inc.

The hotel’s chic design, is inspired by Goa’s first settlement – the “Kunbi Tribe” and the arrival of the Portuguese into the state, adding a touch of local authenticity that is intrinsic to the brand. The hotel features the iconic Le Méridien Hub, a concept that reinterprets the hotel lobby into a social gathering space meant for guests to convene and converse. With 146 exquisite rooms (including Family Studio Rooms and Suites) designed to inspire and offer ultimate respite from the mundane, each room features the signature Le Méridien Discovery Bed, 43 inch LED TV, designer bath amenities and high speed internet access. Located 600 meters away from the popular Calangute beach, an ideal spot to unwind and watch a mesmerizing sunset or explore local curio shops, handloom stores and art galleries that are in close proximity from the hotel.

“We are thrilled to unveil Le Méridien Goa, Calangute, a highly anticipated addition to our India portfolio. With the Le Meridien’s brand promise of “destination unlocked”, the property is set to be the preferred destination for connoisseurs of all things Goan – coordinate, culture & cuisine and music” said Norton Pereira, General Manager.

Le Méridien Goa, Calangute promises an inspiring line-up of culinary offerings; distinct flavors and carefully crafted menus at their five eclectic restaurants and bars. Latest Recipe, the signature all day dining restaurant is a 106 seater, offering an indoor as well as alfresco seating overlooking the pool. Indulge in international flavors, hearty salads, gourmet burgers and the famed Goan curries by the talented chefs. Opulent and glamorous, Jazz & Grills is Goa’s first whiskey bar offering a stellar selection of whiskeys, premium cigars and choicest grills & steaks. Home to celebrated local performers and musicians over the weekend, an entertaining and extraordinary experience is guaranteed. Longitude 73o the signature bar offers a selection of Illy Coffee creations by day and in the evening transforms into a high-energy bar offering ‘Sparkling’, the Le Meridien brand’s refreshing spin on the conventional cocktail ritual. The poolside bar, Plunge offers refreshing cocktails, mocktails and beers making it an ideal spot to unwind. For guests who want to spend an unhurried afternoon immersed in books, Library Lounge is the place to be.

Le Méridien Goa, Calangute offers interactive multi-compatible meeting spaces spread over 10,000 sq. ft featuring a premium outdoor terrace venue, ballroom and a16-seater boardroom. It promises a perfect venue for meetings, conferences and weddings.

For more information or to book, please visit Le Meridien Goa Calangute

Notes to Editor

About Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts

With more than 100 Hotels & Resorts worldwide and the strongest, most globally diverse portfolio in its history, the Paris-born Le Méridien brand connects the curious and creative-minded traveller to unexpected and engaging experiences within their destination. With its brand promise of “Destination Unlocked,” Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points through global partnerships with creative minds such as illy, Johnny Iuzzini, Gray Malin, and Nouvelle Vague. Plans call for dynamic portfolio expansion within the next five years in some of the world’s most exciting destinations, concentrating on markets in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. For more information, please visit LeMé or follow us on social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is the world’s largest hotel company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with over 6,100 properties in more than 124 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The company’s 30 leading brands include: Bulgari®, The Ritz-Carlton® and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, W®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Renaissance® Hotels, Sheraton®, Delta Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Tribute Portfolio™, Design Hotels™, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard®, Four Points® by Sheraton, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Element®, Moxy® Hotels, and Protea Hotels by Marriott®. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit and @MarriottIntl.

Travoline Releases its new User-friendly and enhanced Hotel Booking Engine

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, August 8, 2017 /– Travoline, one of the leading online travel booking portal recently upgraded its booking engine with enhanced features to facilitate hotel bookings more easy based on the usability. The new features include more filtering options including the promotions, budget hotel price selection, review star rating, amenities, nearby cities and many more to make your hotel selection more convenient.

The feature to look at the real time availability of rooms that include Deluxe Hotel Rooms, Superior Room, Standard Room, economy and many more has been added as an additional feature. Travoline being one of the fastest growing online travel agency in the world has the largest inventory of hotels, car rentals, low cost airlines and vacation packages. To make the choice easy for the customers, the booking engine technology has been enhanced with few additions to ensure customer make their booking more efficiently and conveniently.

“Though we have partnered with the leading online travel agency, to make the booking easy and choose their choice of hotels, few booking features has been upgraded. With this enhancement, customer would get benefitted; meanwhile it would provide persuasion for sales online.” said Nishanthi, Managing Director of Travoline.” With variety of travel options, Travoline operates on a Zero transaction fee model and provides a real-time instant hotel booking option which has been welcomed by most of the travelers across the globe.” She added.

Being the competitive market, Travoline is focusing on increasing it bookings providing the best customer experience targeting the US, UK and middle-eastern market. With its unsold inventory, the portal provides last minute hotel deals through its advanced platform with a simple search mechanism. With this enhancement, Travoline with its enhanced booking features is expecting a significant boost in hotel sales and car rental reservations.

For more information visit:

Notes to Editor

Travoline is an Online Travel Agency, providing Hotels, Flights and Car Rentals to worldwide travelers at competitive and affordable rates partnering with leading international travel portals. Along with travel itinerary booking services, Travoline also acts a travel guide to for travelers to choose their destinations, help them in planning their trip within budget for leisure, business and holidaying families.

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eRevMax completes 2-way integration with Go Global Travel

London, London, August 9, 2017 /– eRevMax, the travel technology company for online hotel distribution and connectivity solutions, has completed two-way XML integration with the Europe’s leading travel wholesaler Go Global Travel. Hotels using RateTiger and RTConnect, can leverage the interface to make real-time rate and availability updates and receive bookings generated on the channel directly into their property management system.

Go Global Travel is a leading travel wholesaler operates worldwide. The B2B channel, offering a portfolio of over 200,000 Hotels and Apartments, is connected to around 20,000 retail travel agents and tour operators.

eRevMax’s robust distribution platform has changed the way hotels can cost effectively manage multiple channels online. This partnership with eRevMax will help our clients to significantly reduce time and tools they spent on managing rates and inventories,” said Ms. Lior Zeira – Vice President of Business Development, Go Global Travel.

This integration will allow our customer hotels to directly access one of world’s largest bed bank platforms to connect to over 20,000 travel agents and improve their booking potential. We have been continuously working towards building diversified channel portfolio to help the industry match supply with relevant demand in a timely manner,” said Ashis Saha, SVP – Project Management, eRevMax.

eRevMax distribution management solutions – RateTiger and RTConnect powered with sophisticated analytics, distribution capabilities and interactive reporting dashboard, help hotels make informed decision based on key insights and streamline all aspects of their revenue management for driving better results. The company eRevMax offers seamless connectivity with over 350 OTAs and 70 technology providers.

Notes to Editor

About eRevMax

The Gold Standard of Connectivity: eRevMax is a travel technology company that assists hotels through channel management, rate intelligence and connectivity solutions. The company connects multiple online channels to the hotels’ PMSs to seamlessly deliver ARI updates and reservations.

About Go Global Travel

Go Global Travel is a dynamic organization founded by professionals with technology, hotelier and wholesales travel industry backgrounds, operating on markets throughout Europe, and globally via strategic acquisitions and partnerships. A leading B2B wholesaler dedicated to travel trade partners, the company caters to over 20,000 clients worldwide. The channel is currently offering a portfolio of over 200,000 Hotels and Apartments at negotiated prices available in 208 countries throughout the globe with last minute availability.

VIP Bags unveils the latest Backpack collection

Indore, Madhya Pradesh, August 10, 2017 /– VIP Bags, from the house of VIP Industries recently launched a new collection of stylish backpacks. These backpacks by VIP Bags are designed to meet the daily requirements of travelers. The collection offers a variety of bags like the Delta in Orange color, Charlie in blue, Echo in black and Eagle in Grey that are a superb combination of quality and choice. The backpacks have features like adjustable laptop compartment, essential tablet compartment, front and side zippered pockets and an ergonomic handle for long term sustenance.

The collection is priced between Rs. 2300-4000 with 12 months warranty.