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Travellers prefer NCR hotels over Delhi stay

Hotels in Noida and Gurgaon are giving top hotels in the Capital a run for their money. Sidhartha Roy reports.

delhi Updated: Jan 31, 2013 02:06 IST
Sidhartha Roy

Hotels in Noida and Gurgaon are giving top hotels in the Capital a run for their money.

Also, new hotels, including top brands, coming up in these areas are not only catching up with number of hotel rooms available in Delhi but are also going to provide more keys than the Capital in the next few years.

According to a recent report released by leading real estate consultancy firm Cushman & Wakefield, hotels in Noida are witnessing better occupancy rates than top Delhi hotels.

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Noida, which doesn’t have super luxury hotels as of yet, is attracting more guests than Delhi hotels for the past two years.

“The economy, mid-scale and upscale hotels are performing better than the upper upscale and luxury hotels in NCR, as business travellers have become more price sensitive after the economic slowdown and prefer to seek more affordable options,” the report says.

According to the report, the hotel industry in Delhi NCR has seen a dip in occupancy in the past six years — from nearly 74% in 2006 to 64% last year.

“Noida and Gurgaon have become business destinations in their own right and business travellers prefer staying there than stay in a luxury hotel in Delhi and waste time travelling through heavy traffic,” said a senior official of a luxury hotel in Delhi, requesting anonymity. “The Formula 1 event in Noida also resulted in a spike in occupancy.”

“New hotels that have come up in Gurgaon and Noida have definitely led to a marginal drop in the number in Delhi hotels,” he said. “There is also a decline in leisure tourism and the main revenue earners for us are conferences and events.”

Taj Hotels and Le Meridien didn’t respond to a questionnaire sent to them despite repeated attempts.

Apart from top brands such as Radisson Blue, Park Plaza Hotel and Jaypee Green Spa and Resort in Noida and Greater Noida and The Oberoi, Lemontree and Country Inn opening in Gurgaon, new hotels have come up in primarily residential areas of Delhi such as Rohini, Paschim Vihar, Mayur Vihar, Shahdara and Janakpuri.

Akshay Kulkarni, regional director (hospitality), Cushman and Wakefield said the dip in occupancy would even out in some time.