Muted hotel reservations for VGGS dates | Ahmedabad News
Ahmedabad: Although rooms started going like hot cakes for Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2022 (VGGS) as soon as it was announced, hotels in Ahmedabad are now experiencing a dark period during the summit, due to concerns over the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have emerged. With more restrictions imposed by various states and a likely reduction in international participation amid rising Covid-19 cases, demand for hotel rooms plunged for the period January 9-13.
Narendra Somani, president of the Gujarat branch of the Association of Hotels and Restaurants (HRA), said: âReservations and inquiries have started on the rise and the Average Daily Rate (ADR) has been set at around 20 000 Rs per room per night for five star hotels. . However, with growing uncertainty over Omicron and more restrictions imposed not by various Indian countries and states, summit attendance is expected to decline, which is reflected in inquiries and bookings. ”
âOnly five or six five-star and luxury hotels are recording bookings and traction, while business for the rest has remained lukewarm with little to no bookings,â Somani added.
Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar have an inventory of at least 5,700 hotel rooms combined according to industry estimates. With fewer bookings, many hotel rooms are expected to go vacant, as in recent years they were completely sold out during Vibrant Summits.
Jay Sudhakaran, General Manager of Novotel Ahmedabad, said: âBookings are lukewarm, especially with many countries and companies pulling out from overseas. Several companies may only send Indian representatives, so overall attendance may remain low. January is looking bright, however, as business is set to pour in due to a pharmaceutical conference, weddings, and a few other corporate events. ”
Hotels will almost certainly see less revenue generated at this summit, according to hoteliers’ estimates. With most properties remaining vacant, the average daily rate (ADR) has plunged into the range of Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000 per room per night, compared to Rs 20,000 initially expected.
Hoteliers also said some embassies that had requested rooms have suspended reservations due to new concerns over Omicron.