Avis India Launches its Mobile Application for Self & Chauffeur Drive Rentals

Available on iOS‘App Store’ and Google ‘Play Store’

Avis India, India’s leading mobility solutions provider has launched its Mobile Application (App) to enable Chauffeur Drive & Self Drive rentals in India.


The Mobile App available for Android and Apple users is a free interactive tool that allows travelers to make a reservation. The new application, available online through the iOS ‘App Store’ and Google ‘Play Store’ features multi-touch booking so customers can easily point and click on a vehicle for rent. Along with a simplified booking process the App has multiple features such as managing bookings, 24*7 Customer support, exploring latest offers, sharing with friends and family, etc.


Mr. Sunil Gupta, Managing Director & CEO of Avis India said “We’re always looking for ways to save our customers time and enhance the rental experience – and that starts with the reservation process. Soon the Avis India App will also power our international self-drive bookings to Avis worldwide network of 168 countries. The App will also enable chauffeur drive bookings to its large network of corporate customers.”


Avis India has also remodeled its current website www.avis.co.in and made it more user friendly.


“We use sophisticated telematics solutions to enable all cars to be available on a single web and mobile platform. The Mobile application becomes the navigation and key to your car once it has been booked.”, further added Mr Gupta.


About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with more than 5,200 locations in more than 168 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information visit www.avis.com.

About Avis India

India’s leading car rental, leasing and fleet management provider, Avis India, is a joint venture between Avis Budget Group, Inc. and The Oberoi Group. Avis India has a fleet of more than 5500 premium cars across the country, with a network extending across 50 conveniently-located rental stations in 20 cities. Avis India has more than 3000 vehicles in operations under its car leasing business. For further information, please visit www.avis.co.in. The Oberoi Group operates 28 hotels and three cruisers in five countries under the luxury ‘Oberoi’ and five-star ‘Trident’ brands. For more information on The Oberoi Group, please visit www.oberoihotels.com

Avis in India is present at Agra, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, NOIDA, Pune, Rishikesh, Shimla, Trivandrum, Udaipur, and Vadodara.


Novotel Hyderabad Airport is awarded as the best eco-friendly hotel

Mr. Javed Parvez, Director of Sales & Marketing receiving the Award...jpg

South India Travel Awards, 2016, gathered the stalwarts of the industry at an award ceremony where the deserving were honoured. Novotel Hyderabad Airport sets another milestone by winning the prestigious  ‘Best Eco Friendly  Hotel’ Award.

The evening was graced by Shri  Neerabh Kumar Prasad IAS, Principal Secretary – Tourism & Culture, Andhra Pradesh Government, Shri B. Venkatesham IAS, Secretary Youth Advancement, Tourism & Culture, Govt. of Telangana and Dr. Rajendra Prasad Khajuria, I.F.S., Commissioner, Department of Tourism, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.

For the first time ever Novotel Hyderabad Airport gets awarded as the Best Eco Friendly Hotel, owing to its pledge to sustainability and conservation at the hotel. The Management is very proud of this achievement as their efforts got acknowledged at a national level.“For years we have been conscious and serious about sustainability, Accor as a brand is committed to pro-environmental initiatives and its affiliation to Planet 21 on a global scale. At Novotel Hyderabad Airport we have been successful in reducing our carbon footprint and have increased measures to achieve higher sustainability, the hotel has one of a kind 100% organic Herb garden that is very rare to find. That along with many such initiatives truly make us the leaders in the fraternity’. Quotes, Mr. Maverik Mukerji, General Manager, Novotel Hyderabad Airport.

Mr. SanJeet, Mentor, India Travel Awards, said “These awards signify the growth of the industry which has developed immensely in the last few years. Encouraged by the enormous success of India Travel Awards in other regions, we wish to continue with this. India Travel Awards is a platform which recognises and applauds the true leaders of the fraternity, to acknowledge emerging leaders. We are proud to have been instrumental in helping it flourish, and will continue with our endeavours.”


Team “Novotel Hyderabad Airport” receives the award for “The Most Influential Leaders” in Services & Hospitality Industry, at the Stars of The Industry Awards 2016


Novotel Hyderabad Airport has bagged two awards under the “The Most Influential Leaders in Services & Hospitality Industry” category at the Stars of The Industry Awards 2016. Mr. Sathyam S.V, Director (Talent & Culture) & Mr. Boby Soumitra, Director (Food and Beverage) have been awarded the Most Influential Leaders in Services & Hospitality Industry Category by Stars of the Industry Group.

Winners of the ‘Stars of the Industry Awards 2016’ were announced at a gala event in the presence of luminaries and stalwarts of the industry. The Awards were constituted to honour various segments of the travel & tourism industry & encourage healthy competition with an aim to promote hospitality sector. These Awards were decided by eminent Jury comprising senior professionals. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Maverik Mukerji, General Manager- Novotel Hyderabad Airport said, “We want to congratulate Mr. Sathyam S. V (Director of Human Resource) & Mr. Boby Soumitra (Director Food and Beverage) for receiving this award. It is their sheer dedication and hard work which has helped them won the coveted award and recognition. These Awards are a platform to salute the hard work, passion and the immense dedication that our team puts in to make NHA one of best hotels in the country. Novotel Hyderabad Airport always works towards creating an enabling environment to nurture performance and talent within the organisation. “

World’s Best First Class Lounge

GVK Lounge at CSIA selected as “World’s Best First Class Lounge”

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Mumbai: The opulent GVK Lounge at Terminal 2 of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai has been selected as the ‘World’s Leading Airport Lounge – First Class 2015’ at the recently concluded World Travel Awards in Morocco. The GVK Lounge stands tall amongst some of the world’s best airport/airline lounges, which were nominated in this category. The GVK Lounge qualified for nomination in the world category by virtue of winning the award for ‘Asia’s Leading Airport Lounge’ at the ‘World Travel Awards – Asia and Australasia’ in Hong Kong on October 29, 2015.  The GVK Lounge is operated by Travel Food Services Limited (TFS) and Performa.


Mr. G. V. Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd said, “The GVK Lounge blends the finest of Indian hospitality with luxurious, world-class design and amenities. It embodies our commitment to delight our guests and provide them with every comfort during their stay at the airport. We are setting new global benchmarks in hospitality within airports and we will keep raising the bar in the years to come. Our efforts should guide us towards a time in near future when passengers will look at the airport not merely as a stop, but as a destination in itself.”


Mr. Gaurav Dewan, Chief Operating Officer, TFS said, “The GVK Lounge was designed to offer essential facilities with a lavish touch – a restful, luxurious experience that would help passengers unwind from travel-induced stress. It is the perfect gateway where they can engage in work or indulge in culture, cuisine or pleasure, as their disposition may be. The World Travel Awards are regarded as the Oscars of the tourism industry and we could not have hoped for a better endorsement of our efforts and services.”


Mr. Beat Ehlers, Managing Director, Performa said, “We are elated at being recognized for the unrivalled premium customer experience we have created by working with our partners GVK and TFS. The GVK Lounge concept is based on personal interaction, warmth and deep understanding of the mind-set of our guests. The award is a toast to the success of the ideas and insights that went into making the lounge.”


The experience at the exclusive First Class (FC) section is akin to a five star hotel with highly personalized service and care to details. The service concept is based on maximum comfort, providing exclusive and the highest level of attention without compromising privacy. FC travellers enjoy high-class amenities such as à la carte dining, individual spa treatments, relaxation rooms, shower facilities, concierge services, etc. The kitchen crew, comprising a strong set of Indian and international talent, transform the à la carte dining area into a gourmet restaurant upholding the highest culinary standards. The service personnel in the FC section consist exclusively of highly trained, multi-lingual Senior Attachés with background in the hospitality industry. One has to truly experience The GVK Lounge to believe it.


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About Travel Food Services:

Travel Food Services Limited (TFS) is India’s leading dedicated F&B concessionaire in the travel infrastructure segment. It is one of the largest airport F&B Concessionaires in India, catering to over 90 million customers, with major operations at Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi Airports. With a commitment to transform the F&B experience for travellers, the company has created a superlative portfolio of some of the best brands to cater to discerning passengers at travel locations including proprietary brands DilliStreat, Terminal F, Cafeccino, Idli.com, Curry Kitchen, Noodle Wok,Swich as well as global favorites such as KFC, Domino’s Pizza, Haagen-Dazs, Ultra Bar, and Cafe Coffee Day, to name a few. TFS has been founded by Mr. Sunil Kapur, the visionary business leader and founding promoter of Blue Foods – one of India’s largest F&B retail companies. Mr. Kapur is also highly acknowledged for the creation of iconic restaurant brands such as Copper Chimney, Spaghetti Kitchen, Gelato Italiano, Blue Sea, Noodle Bar, Bombay Blue and a host of others, having led individual brand expansions across the length and breadth of the country. Drawing upon the group’s extensive heritage in the Indian F&B industry, Travel Food Services is committed to transforming the F&B landscape within large scale travel infrastructure projects across the entire region. TFS is a K Hospitality Group company. www.travelfoodservices.com


About Performa: Performa is a part of Gategroup which is the leading independent global provider of onboard services to companies that serve people on the move. Gategroup comprises the following brands: deSter, eGate Solutions, Gate Aviation, Gate Gourmet, Gate Safe, Harmony, Performa, potmstudios, Pourshins and Supplair. The Group’s world-class capabilities are focused in catering and hospitality; provisioning and logistics; and onboard solutions. Our customers include top airlines around the world that rely on our expertise and solutions tailored to their guests, service offerings and the geographic regions in which they operate. Shares of Zurichbased gategroup are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange under the symbol GATE. www.gategroup.com



World Franchise Congress 2015’

“Franchise Model Is Great Way To Bring Together Entrepreneurs Of The Country”


New Delhi, November 25, 2015: ‘World Franchise Congress 2015’, jointly organised by PepsiCo India, one of the largest MNC food and beverage businesses in India, and Franchise India, India’s most trusted business growth solutions’ organisation, was convened to fuel the growth of franchise industry in India.


Presided by Shiv Shivakumar, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo India, the leadership conventions aim was to explore and assess the impact of current and future franchise trends on businesses, investors, financial institutions, technology, government’s entrepreneurial drive, and at large on society.

While giving his Keynote address Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India.said The biggest challenge is to get people skilled in a structured manner and since Skill, Entrepreneurship and Franchise are linked, the Franchise model becomes a great way to bring together entrepreneurs of the country. While 96% of Indians are skilled to get employed, 60% of GDD comes from services that is Franchising. The Government’s new model skill India will help young people build their skill and be future entrepreneurs and franchisers”


Shiv. Shivakumar – Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo India said , “The franchise model is one of the most versatile and flexible business models. It is the most sought after model in all categories from luxury goods retailing to distributing basic consumer goods. The franchise model helps build powerful ecosystems. The World Franchise Congress is an initiative supported by PepsiCo to help discuss and debate the best that this model offers. You can look forward to an excellent day.”

While speaking at the occasion Gaurav Marya, Chairman, Franchise India, said “Out of 4000 franchise models 93 are Indian rest and of this a further 65 per cent (%) of franchise sustain only for the first 3yrs. With changing consumer behavior our need is not only for more franchise models but also a sustainable franchise model. We need a mega franchise model in India which can create a greater brand out of India- which can go global. The need is produce original concepts”.


World Franchise Conference 2015 brought together over 30 thought leaders, investors and forecasters to engage in a business dialogue with 250+ franchisors, master franchises, large retailers, entrepreneurs, channel partners, and CXO’s of consumer & service brands through keynotes, panel discussions, master classes, and networking. Some of the eminent speakers included Mr. Andy Williams, President – Global Franchise, PepsiCo, Mr. Rod Young, Chairman, DC strategy, Australia; Mr. Ravi Jaipuria, Founder Chairman, RJ Corp; Mr. Shailesh Chaturvedi, CEO & MD, Tommy Hilfiger India, Mr. Vasanth Kumar, Executive Director, Max Retail , Mr. OP Manchanda, CEO, Lal Path Labs, Mr. K B Kachru, Chairman – South Asia, Carloson Rezidor Group, Mr. Alok Gupta, Chief Architect & CEO, Essar Retail, Mr. Sandeep Kulhalli, Senior Vice President – Retail & Marketing, Titan, Mr. Gaurav Mahajan, President, Raymond Group, Mr. Anuj Jain, CEO, JSL Lifestyle Limited among others.


The World Franchise Congress 2015 also recognized and felicitated achievers, innovators, smartest futurists and franchise leaders from all over the world, who have contributed significantly towards the development of current and franchise future trends in business, government and technology and society. Processed by EY the awardees included Domino’s Pizza India- Jubilant FoodWorks Limited, received the awards for Excellence in Customer Service, ICICI Securities for excellence in Relationship Management, Godrej Interio for Excellence in Marketing, KFC received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award, Ms. Shahnaz Hussain– CMD, The Shahnaz Hussain Group received the Women Entrepreneur of the Year in Franchise Business award, Mr. C K Kumaravel- CEO & Co Founder, Groom India Salon & Spa Private Limited was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year in Franchise Business award, Mr. Rajeev Gopalakrishnan- Group Managing Director, Bata South Asia received the Franchise Professional of the Year award, Tea-Trails– Zone8 Tea World Private Limited received the Franchise Concept of the Year award and Mr. K B Kachru, Chairman – South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Group received the Franchise Leader of the Year award. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, also received the Excellence in Human Resource Practices award.


About PepsiCo India

PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has grown to become one of the largest MNC food and beverage businesses in India. PepsiCo India has been consistently investing in the country and has built an expansive beverage and snack food business supported by 37 beverage bottling plants and 3 food plants. PepsiCo India’s diverse portfolio includes iconic brands like Pepsi, Lay’s, Kurkure, Tropicana 100%, Gatorade and Quaker.


PepsiCo’s growth in India has been guided by “Performance with Purpose”, its goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and lower our costs through energy and water conservation, as well as reduced use of packaging material; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. In 2009, PepsiCo India achieved a significant milestone, by becoming the first business to achieve ‘Positive Water Balance’ in the beverage world, a fact verified by Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. The company has been Water Positive since then. For more information, please visit www.pepsicoindia.co.in


About Franchise India Group

The show produced by Franchise India, a company that began operations 16 years ago on the premise that franchising could build partnerships between entrepreneurs and business enterprises. Today, Franchise India is India’s most trusted business growth solutions’ organization enabling start-ups to build growth and mature in business. With over 300 events across the length and breadth of the country, the company’s media division delivers the latest ideas, knowledge and insights, a bouquet of consulting and advisory services linking investors to business opportunities, and corporate enterprises to entrepreneur partners. The 700-member Franchise India family has grown by delivering growth to lakhs of business entities.