Tata Group to build 50 more Ginger hotels in four years

Tata Group to build 50 more Ginger hotels in four years

Mumbai: Scenting opportunity in the budget- hotels space, diversified conglomerate Tata Group plans to add 50 hotels to its no-frills chain —Ginger— across India in the next four years.

Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL), the group’s listed hospitality firm, owns 20 Ginger hotels in the country through its subsidiary Roots Corporation Ltd (RCL).

“Clearly, there are signs that inbound tourist traffic is gaining momentum. In the next 3-4 years, we’d love to build a total of 70 hotels if not more. So, at an average of 100 rooms per hotel, our inventory would go up to 7,000 rooms during this period," Roots Corporation Ltd chief executive officer Prabhat Pani told PTI.

Not disclosing the quantum of investment for the expansion, he said the capital requirement would be met through debt and equity from parent company, IHCL.

The company has commenced work on hotels in Chennai, Surat, Indore, Tirupur, Manesar and Lucknow, he added.

“Current development in the budget category is low. There are not many players in this segment and so there is immense opportunity here. By 2011, about 25,000 new upscale rooms are expected in major Indian cities versus nearly 18,000 rooms in midscale and budget segments," Pani said.

RCL inaugurated the second Ginger hotel in Pune last week and is scouting for land to set up two more in the city.

“Mumbai and Delhi coupled with the National Capital Region (NCR) will be our biggest markets. Our Surat and Indore properties are in advanced stages of construction. In Maharashtra, we are looking to set up hotels in Nanded, Nagpur and two more in Pune," Pani said.

There are 20 Ginger hotels across Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Durgapur, Durg, Goa, Pune, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Guwahati, Haridwar, Jamshedpur, Ludhiana, Mysore, Nasik, New Delhi, Pantnagar, Puducherry and Vadodara.

Ginger offers its rooms at a charge of Rs1,000-1,700 per day.

Roots Corp, is open to expansion through redevelopment of existing properties, replacement of guest houses and via public private partnerships (PPP), he said.

The company’s hotel in New Delhi has been built in partnership with government-owned railway agency IRCTC.

“If we can buy land, we’ll buy and set up a hotel. We may lease or we may get into a management contract. It’s important for us to be in the market. We are aiming for a growth rate higher than that of the industry," Pani said.

He added that occupancy across all 20 properties in the past three months stood between 65-75%.