In a boost for Odisha tourism, large hotel brands such as Taj Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, ITC Hotels and Crown Plaza have lined up plans for putting up properties in the state.
Odisha has 13 star category hotels with a combined inventory of 1,200 rooms. Of these, only two properties – Mayfair Lagoon and Hotel Trident – are in the five-star deluxe category.
“Taj Hotel is coming up with a large commercial complex. Similarly, we are hopeful that ITC’s property will be ready in the next six months. All the new hotels will be coming up in Bhubaneswar,” said a senior official of the tourism department.
ITC Group is putting up a 110 room five star hotel in Bhubaneswar under its Welcome Hotel brand. Collaboration with the hospitality brands of repute could help showcase Odisha as a global tourism destination.
The state’s tourism department is also engaging key state-based hoteliers to tap the franchise business model with flagship brands like Hilton Group, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Raddison Hotels, Taj Group and Starwood.