Arabian Business: Thomas Kurian, Hotel Manager at Leva Hotels, noted a significant surge in hotel occupancy during the F1 and COP28
Christmas has arrived early for the hospitality industry, with hotels already reporting an impressive 60% in advanced bookings. Thomas Kurian, Hotel Manager at Leva Hotels, noted a significant surge in hotel occupancy during the F1 and COP28 events period, with advanced booking rates for November-December standing at a promising 60%. As cooler autumn weather and holiday festivities approach in the fourth quarter, tourism is expected to continue thriving in the lead-up to the November and December events. Kurian emphasized the need to secure accommodations well in advance due to the high demand and the resultant expected increase in accommodation costs. A huge shoutout to @Arabian Business for the feature. Read the full story here: https://www.arabianbusiness.com/industries/travel-hospitality/dubai-abu-dhabi-hotels-running-out-of-space-as-cop28-f1-comes-to-the-uae
Looking Beyond Conventional Definitions.
In an exclusive with Hotel and Catering Middle East, JS Anand, Founder and CEO of Leva Hotels declares how the traditional hotel industry is dead, advocating for a shift towards providing extraordinary customer experiences. Based on 22 years of experience, he stresses upon the importance of adapting to changing customer needs and adopting a customer-centric approach. The feature highlights his key learnings, including the realization that luxury doesn't guarantee success and customers seek value and unique experiences. He further discusses expanding into diverse regions like Africa and Saudi Arabia, emphasizing the need to align with local preferences. Read more about his insights and unconventional take here (page 56-57): https://www.hotelnewsme.com/digital-magazine/hotel-catering-news-middle-east-november-2023-issue A huge shoutout to Hotel And Catering and Seymone for this feature!
JS Anand in Panel Discussion: Assessing Investment in the Booming Lifestyle Midmarket Hotel Segment | Future Hospitality Summit 2023
"We as a company, we give careers - we don't give jobs. We've minimized meetings and just focused on guest satisfaction and that led us to becoming #1 out of 900 hotels on TripAdvisor" - "Today, the 3-stars and the 4-stars have gone to a different level altogether, so in any case, I don't think we have maximized the lifestyle segment in the Middle East" - JS Anand, Founder and CEO of LEVA Hotels - Take a look at the recent panel discussion "Assessing Investment in the Booming Lifestyle Midmarket Hotel Segment | FHS 2023 Watch the full session here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTRCzYKzeRI&list=PLpZKEasITZlTHUvIapKImI2tvMvvxORbX&index=4
The Rise Of Bleisure Travel
Leisure travel combines the professionalism of business travel with the excitement of leisurely exploration. Hence, it is about extending one’s business trip to make some time for a quick vacation by adding a few days at the start or end of the trip. In the corporate world, bleisure travel is gaining traction. According to Evisa Express’ recent statistics, 40 percent of business trips turn into bleisure ones and 48 percent of millennials have intentionally combined business and leisure into the same trip. Here are the top three driving factors of bleisure travel: Cost-effective for both parties On a bleisure trip, the company often covers business expenses like flights. On the other hand, personal leisure costs are born by employees. Extending your stay might mean covering extended accommodation, but hotels often present discounted rates to business travelers. Thus, this allows employees to enjoy a cost-free flight for a quick vacation and benefit from lower hotel expenses. Doesn’t require separate time for a vacation A large portion of the working-class population consists of millennials. According to a survey by Publicis Sapient, millennials are travel enthusiasts who actively seek and desire a few vacations yearly. But making time for leisure trips amid their busy work life can be difficult. Consequently, that’s why bleisure travel seems like the ideal solution. Boosts employee morale and productivity Vacations are great stress busters for corporate workers. Consequently, it uplifts employees’ spirits and improves their work productivity. Therefore, when employees get a few extra days of leisure time during their business trips, it improves their state of mind. Employee satisfaction goes up, and the organization benefits from it as well. The UAE is the perfect bleisure destination In the world of outstanding business opportunities, the UAE stands out as a key global hub. Thus, the UAE offers unmatched professional experiences. Amid this dynamic backdrop, renowned events take center stage, placing you at the core of industry dynamism. Opting for a centrally located city hotel becomes a strategic advantage. Unlike remote resort settings, these urban retreats place you at the doorstep of professional engagements. Moreover, they effortlessly transition into gateways to Dubai’s vibrant nightlife, inviting you to immerse yourself in its sophistication and vibrancy. Consequently, we can expect this innovative travel approach to become an integral part of modern business culture. https://www.hospitalitynewsmag.com/bleisure-travel-article/
IDEEA Podcast with JS Anand, Founder and CEO, LEVA Hotels
In this 22nd episode of the IDEEA Podcast, JS Anand, the visionary Founder and CEO of Leva Hotels, renowned for its prominent presence in the Middle East's dynamic hospitality sector unveiled profound insights into the distinct ethos that propelled Leva Hotels to success. Notable highlights include the brand's strategic planning, unwavering commitment to personalized guest experiences, seamless integration of cutting-edge technology, and meticulous attention to distinctive brand design elements. These factors collectively played a pivotal role in ensuring Leva Hotels not only weathered the storm but also expanded its horizons. JS Anand also unveils his strategic vision for Leva Hotels in the European market, highlighting potential destinations such as Greece, Athens, Venice, Austria, Berlin, and Budapest. He underscores the need for a nuanced approach in Europe, recognizing the diverse cultural and structural nuances that shape the hospitality landscape on the continent. The podcast conversation delves deep into Leva Hotels' management strategies, where JS Anand emphatically underscores the brand's unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest levels of service and attention to detail, whether operating under a management contract. The episode concludes on an exciting note, anticipating the upcoming IDEEA Hospitality Investment Forum in Prague, where JS Anand and Leva Hotels will further enrich these discussions. Join us at the upcoming IDEEA Hospitality Investment Forum in Prague on 18th to 20th September 2023. Tune in: https://sites.libsyn.com/426323/episode-22-js-anand-leva-hotels
Breaking Travel News: Exclusive interview with JS Anand | Future Hospitality Summit 2023
JS Anand, Founder & CEO of Leva Hotels & Resorts, a trailblazer in the hospitality industry, shares his insights in an exclusive interview with BTN. Recognized as a visionary leader, his focus on guest and employee satisfaction drives Leva's success. He discusses the pillars shaping Leva's strategy: innovation, sustainability, human capital, and technology. His optimistic outlook for the Middle East's hospitality industry in 2023 and beyond centers on sustainability, technology, diversified offerings, and government support. At the upcoming Future Hospitality Summit 2023, JS Anand's session will explore communication strategies and investment rationales for mid-market lifestyle hotels, emphasizing their unique advantages and showcasing his passion for innovation and growth in hospitality. Explore the future of hospitality with JS Anand, Founder & CEO of Leva Hotels & Resorts, as he discusses key industry trends and Leva's commitment to innovation and sustainability in this BTN Exclusive interview. Join him at the Future Hospitality Summit for more insights. #Hospitality #Innovation #Sustainability #FutureHospitalitySummit Read the full interview here: https://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/a-btn-exclusive-with-js-anand-founder-ceo-leva-hotels-resorts/
CNBC AFRICA: AfCFTA from the eyes of a hotelier, JS Anand-Founder and CEO, LEVA Hotels
Our Founder and CEO JS Anand discusses how the African Continental Free Trade Area benefits the hotel industry in a recent CNBC Africa interview. In his insightful conversation with Julius Bizimungu, Mr. Anand highlighted the immense potential and untapped opportunities within the region, recognizing tourism as a pivotal factor. Learn more: https://www.cnbcafrica.com/media/6334260772112/ #HotelIndustry #GBF2023RW #AfCFTA #HospitalityRedesigned #LEVAHotels #Africa
HOTEL & CATERING NEWS MIDDLE EAST AUGUST 2023 ISSUE
In this edition, we invite you to explore the wonders of Qatar as we dive into its vibrant culinary scene, inviting you to embark on a gastronomic exploration like no other, and discover the new era of luxury hospitality that promises unforgettable experiences. We also focus on sustainability within the sector, addressing it from all angles as we gear up for our much-anticipated annual Sustainability Forum, scheduled for the 31st of August. Join us as we navigate the path towards a more sustainable future, where responsible practices shape the landscape of the hospitality industry regionally and globally. https://www.hotelnewsme.com/digital-magazine/hotel-catering-news-middle-east-august-2023-issue/
ANTICIPATING A FLOURISHING BUSINESS SURGE DURING 𝗖𝗢𝗣𝟮𝟴 – LEVA HOTEL
Thomas Kurian, Hotel Manager at Leva Hotel, said, “We are anticipating a significant increase in business during COP28, at our 4-star hotel located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. Queries and small group bookings have already started pouring in, showcasing the growing demand for accommodations as delegates, policymakers, and participants from around the world converge on the city. As we inch closer to the event, we are optimistic about experiencing a surge in bookings and occupancy, positioning us as a preferred choice for COP28 attendees' courtesy our convenient location. Dubai as a whole is witnessing a gradual uptick in bookings as COP28 draws near, with hotels in prime locations and close proximity to the conference venue expected to benefit the most from this trend. Our average rates during this period are projected to be higher than usual, reflecting an increase of approximately 25-30% compared to the previous year. The rationale behind these elevated rates is the expected surge in demand for accommodations during such a major international conference. The impact of COP28 on tourism in Dubai is set to be substantial. The conference draws a diverse range of participants, including government officials, environmentalists, researchers, and media representatives from across the globe. This influx of attendees will lead to heightened tourism activity as they explore the city, engage in networking opportunities, and immerse themselves in the local culture. Moreover, the global attention and media coverage surrounding COP28 will undoubtedly enhance Dubai’s visibility and reputation as a premier destination, thereby further bolstering tourism. While Expo was a broader exhibition covering various industries, COP28’s focused approach on climate change and sustainability differentiates it. Expo witnessed a mix of exhibitors and tourists, with varying lengths of stay. In contrast, COP28 is expected to attract longer stays, as climate conferences of this nature typically span multiple days or even weeks due to extensive discussions and parallel events. This extended duration is likely to result in attendees booking accommodations for the entire conference period. Expect attendees for COP28 to come from all corners of the world, representing United Nations member states. Regions like Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East will contribute participants, with nations such as the United States, China, India, and European Union member states expected to send substantial delegations. Additionally, countries facing environmental challenges, like those in Africa or small island states, will have significant representation, ensuring a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue. For hotels in Dubai, including ours, the diverse mix of COP28 attendees presents an opportunity to cater to their specific needs. We anticipate guests from various countries, representing governments, international organizations, NGOs, and industry professionals. To meet this diverse range of preferences, our hotel is prepared to provide tailored services, multilingual staff, and cultural sensitivity, ensuring a memorable experience for all global attendees.“ https://www.hotelnewsme.com/news/anticipating-a-flourishing-business-surge-during-𝗖𝗢𝗣𝟮𝟴-leva-hotel/
Dubai set for Cop28 hotel boom with demand set to eclipse New Year’s Eve
"While specific rates may vary, a price increase of about 25 to 30 per cent compared to the previous year's rates is expected with the event in place," said Thomas Kurain, a manager with Leva Hotels. "The average daily rate [ADR] for the previous year was in the range of $130 to $150 for our property with the Downtown location and time period. "The rationale behind these higher rates is primarily driven by the expected increased demand for accommodations during a major international conference like Cop28." The comments come days after a portal to rent hotel rooms for the event appeared on the official Cop28 website. Offers include a room at the Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel, which is advertised on the portal at $654 (Dh2,400) per night. https://www-thenationalnews-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.thenationalnews.com/uae/2023/07/19/dubai-set-for-cop28-hotel-boom-with-demand-set-to-eclipse-new-years-eve/?outputType=amp
Holidays in UAE: Schengen visa delays prompt residents to pick staycations over European travel
Thomas Kurian, Hotel Manager, Leva Hotels, said, "Public holidays, when combined with long weekends, always facilitate positive hotel occupancy. Demand for staycations increases during these long holidays, and we expect similar trends in the upcoming Eid Al Adha holiday. While outbound travel was on the rise this year, the visa delays to European countries are likely to drive people to push their travel plans for later in the year and encourage them to book for a staycation in local hotels." He added, "Beach properties and resorts located in the northern emirates will be a preferred choice for staycations followed by centrally located hotels which provide convenient access to malls and other key attractions in the city." Experts from the hospitality industry underline they are also "anticipating increased booking from visitors from neighboring GCC countries," who prefer strategically located hotels, making commuting easier and more convenient. "We expect to see a higher demand for one or two-night stays from residents residing in other emirates. Based on the prevailing trend, we anticipate bookings will pick up closer to the dates of the celebrations. This pattern aligns with the general behavior observed in the hospitality industry during festive seasons. Overall, we remain optimistic about the potential for increased bookings and engagement during Eid," adds Kurian. https://www.khaleejtimes.com/life-and-living/uae-holidays/eid-al-adha-holidays-in-uae-schengen-visa-delays-prompt-residents-to-pick-staycations-over-europea
Witty D’silva on Khaleej Times: Promising Occupancy Numbers for Eid in UAE’s Hospitality Sector
As the much-awaited Eid Al-Fitr long weekend approaches, residents in the UAE are eager to explore their options for a quick getaway. The hospitality sector in the country is gradually picking up pace with promising occupancy numbers reported by Leva Hotels' Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing, Witty D'silva. According to D'silva, the occupancy numbers for Eid look quite promising, indicating a gradual increase in the hospitality sector. As residents plan their last-minute getaways, hotel rates are expected to surge by up to 40% during the Eid weekend. This spike in rates is due to the high demand for rooms and limited availability, as travelers rush to make the most of the long weekend. To read the full article, click here: https://www.khaleejtimes.com/uae/eid-al-fitr-long-weekend-in-uae-hotel-rates-likely-to-go-up-by-40-as-residents-make-last-minute-st However, this surge in rates is not expected to deter travelers, as the hospitality industry is geared up to provide top-notch services and experiences. Our flagship LEVA Hotel Mazaya Centre, in particular, has announced attractive offers and packages to make the most of the Eid weekend such as a discounted rate of up to 20% off plus Free Breakfast, valid for bookings through our hotel website. Simply Click Here to avail the promo. The hotel is also offering special Palm-azing Views and Stays offer with free tickets to The View The Palm, valid for bookings through our hotel website. Click Here to avail this limited time offer. With the Eid holidays approaching fast, travelers are searching for the best hotel deals in town. One of the most important factors that people consider while choosing their hotel is the ambiance and service quality. Dubai is a popular destination for Eid al-Fitr staycations, offering a range of experiences for residents and visitors to enjoy. From comfortable and convenient hotel stays to cultural activities, there is something for everyone during this festive time. LEVA Hotel Mazaya Centre is the ideal place to spend your Eid al-Fitr staycation, with its comfortable rooms, excellent service, and unique packages. Don't miss out on the opportunity to create unforgettable memories in Dubai this Eid al-Fitr at LEVA Hotel Mazaya Centre. Continuing the search for the best Eid staycation deals in Dubai, LEVA Hotel Mazaya Centre is a standout choice with its comfortable rooms, excellent service, and unique packages. Located in the heart of the city, this hotel offers a wide range of amenities that are perfect for a memorable Eid al-Fitr staycation. With special packages that include everything from complimentary breakfast to access to top attractions in Dubai, LEVA Hotel Mazaya Centre provides guests with a memorable Eid holiday. Book your stay now and make the most of your Eid holidays in this vibrant city!