JOY ROY CHOUDHURY – Guwahati
Assam will have four five-star hotels in the coming years and the proposed properties will provide an inventory of around 700-800 rooms. This information was divulged by Himangshu Sekhar Das, principal secretary, department of tourism, Government of Assam to Express Hospitality on the sidelines of the recently concluded ‘International Tourism Mart’ organised by the Union ministry of tourism in Guwahati.
Das said, “A lot of emphasis has been laid on developing infrastructure for the hospitality sector and in the next couple of years, a number of five-star hotels would come up.” Though he declined to give the specific investment figures for the hotel projects but going by rough estimates the total investments for these hospitality projects would be around Rs 800-900 crore and would be offering huge employment opportunities for the young people of the state.
Indian Hotels Company, the parent company of the Taj Group is setting up ‘Taj Vivanta, Guwahati’, the first five-star of the city. The hotel is coming up on a 4.5 acres of land on GS Road, in the heart of the city. “The construction work is going on in full swing and should be commissioned by the later half of next year,” added Das. The foundation stone for the project was laid down by Ratan Tata, the former chairman of the Tata Group in the presence of Tarun Gogoi, chief minister, Assam a couple of years back. It is expected to have 150 rooms and will be built with a design theme inspired by local architecture, an Assam tourism department official mentioned.
Noida-based business conglomerate, Dharampal-Satyapal (DS) Group is also setting up a five-star property in Guwahati and is likely to associate it with international hospitality giant, Radisson Group to run and manage the hotel. A local real-estate development company is also setting up another five-star property and it is likely to be branded as Hyatt-Guwahati, said the official.