Kempinski reaches out to trade

Kempinski Hotels recently conducted its three-city roadshow across Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Key spokespersons from the brand across the globe spoke about the importance of the Indian market.

Anupriya Bishnoi

Imad Sawaya, Regional Director of Business Development—Middle East and Africa, Kempinski Hotels

About 13-14 of our hotels along with their respective ambassadors participated at our three-city roadshows in Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai. India is a very important market for us that feeds in a lot of destinations where we have our landmark properties. The very famous Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, operated and managed by Kempinski Hotels, is well established in the Indian market.

Christian Gurtner, Managing Director, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel, Singapore

Singapore is a multi-cultural country and Indian population is a part of that. Our hotel is a historical building and we have a lot of Indian crowd coming in. They love the small-boutique hotel. Our property has 157 rooms. They love the hotel as its very personal. Promising to be an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of the city, our hotel offers signature bespoke hospitality. These roadshows are important in building new relationships. There are a lot of things that I will be able to explain to people better than anybody else as a representative of the hotel.

Wayan Widhiarsa, Director of Sales, The Apurva Kempinski, Bali

India is one of the top markets in Bali. The number of tourists coming from India in Bali has been growing steadily. India automatically becomes an important market to look out for. We have an Indian in-house chef who caters to the customised needs of the Indian clientele. This way, we can have more confidence and grow our numbers hereon. With eyes set on the leisure market, we are also open for corporates. We have a huge ballroom that accommodates 550 people at once. For weddings, we have a huge lawn that accommodates 500 people.

Belinda Donhuber, Assistant Director of Sales, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munchen and Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden-Bavarian Alps

We have a lot of Indian stop-over travellers going to the Bavarian Alps for spa, relaxing and skiing.  Among the two hotels I’m looking after, one is located at the city centre and I know Indians love to shop. The other hotel is two hours’ drive away from Munich located in Berchtesgaden and is on the top of the mountains with a panoramic view. Also, direct flights from Mumbai and Delhi make it even more desirable for the Indian market.

Tereza Liskova, Sales Manager, Palais Hansen Kempinski, Vienna

Vienna is an important market for Indians. We have a lot of leisure guests coming for city tours or city break in Europe who combine the three capital cities — Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava. It’s a unique triangle as these three cities are on one river, Danube. In an era of social media and internet, its very important to keep personal contact. We are a part of India roadshow because we want to show our interest in this market personally.

Edit Szalczer, Groups & Events Director, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, Budapest

In the past five years, the interest of Budapest among Indians has been doubled. We want to be here to understand the kind of challenges Indians face when they travel to Budapest. We want to take care of it personally. Hence, such roadshows are important. Though we have an Indian chef working with our hotel, we want to do more for this market. One of the things I would like to mention is that our hotel offers very good value for money.

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