Dr. Ravi Pillai, Chairman RP Group & Resorts officially handed over management of the ‘WelcomHotel Raviz, Kollam’ and ‘WelcomHotel Raviz, Kadavu’ to ITC Hotels’ senior executives in a ceremony graced by Hon’ble Governor of Kerala, Shri Nikhil Kumar and senior government officials of the Kerala government, in Kollam.
Earlier this year, ITC Hotels and RP Group Hotels & Resorts entered into a management agreement wherein ITC’s hotel group will operate 5 Raviz hotels, in India and Dubai. These hotels will be managed under ITC Hotels’ 5-star ‘WelcomHotel’ brand and the group’s mid-market to upscale ‘Fortune’ brand.
Embodying the WelcomHotel brand promise of efficiency and warmth with facilities and services designed to cater to the needs of the business and leisure traveller, the WelcomHotel Raviz Kollam and the WelcomHotel Raviz Kadavu are committed to creating new benchmarks in hospitality. ITC’s tradition of culinary excellence will be reflected in the Royal Afghan and Shanghai Club brands that will debut at these hotels.
In addition, on the anvil are, Fortune Raviz Calicut and two Fortune Raviz hotels in Dubai. Both Kerala and Dubai possess immense tourism potential as significant inbound and outbound destinations, for the country.
The tie-up has been firmed up through a Memorandum of Understanding between ITC Hotels and RP Groups Hotels & Resorts. While the two WelcomHotels are already under a management contract, the three Fortune hotels are a part of the signed MOU and will be launched subsequently. As part of its expansion drive, ITC Hotels recently added several managed hotels under its WelcomHotel and Fortune brand portfolio, including ‘WelcomHotel Dwarka, New Delhi’ and ‘WelcomHotel Bella Vista, Panchkula-Chandigarh’. Also on the anvil are an ITC super-premium luxury hotel in Mahabalipuram, a WelcomHotel in Jodhpur and Patna and more than 30 hotels under the Fortune brand.