“THE FERN Hotels & Resorts is on an expansion spree not only in India but in neighbouring Nepal as well and is all set to close the current financial year with 3 operational properties with a total of 233 keys”, Suhail Kannampilly, COO, The Fern Hotels & Resorts said.
The company recently started managing the 73 rooms Summit Hotel, a Nepali styled boutique hotel, located 7 km from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Located in the midst of the Valley, yet in a serene and beautifully landscaped location at Kupondole Height, the hotel carries a heritage of 35 years of gracious hospitality and service.
“The Fern Residency, Bharatpur in Nepal is a 48 room property which will be operational by the end of the current financial year,” Kannampilly said.
The company will also be managing another 112 room upcoming hotel property in Kathmandu under The Zinc brand. It is scheduled to be operational by year end as well.
The company is looking to increase the key count to 500 in Nepal during the course of the next 18 months and aims to become one of the biggest hospitality players in Nepal by having presence in key destinations like Pokhara, Lumbini, Nagarkot, Biratnagar. The company already manages a chain of six boutique island resorts in Seychelles.
“As of now we are managing 7 properties outside India and will add two more to our kitty by the year end taking our tally to 9”, he said. “In the Indian market we are going to open a property every single month in the current financial year and are expecting to reach a figure of 59 operational properties”, he added.
“Our long-standing relationships with local Corporates and the Travel Trade, along with our strong connects with all the key OTAs, ensures volumes are driven into all our hotels from all these key channel partners”, he further elaborated.
The company has appointed a full-fledged team under Arindam Mitra, General Manager – Operations, Nepal & East India to take care of overseas operations. Mitra is an old hand in the hospitality industry and carries wide experience of over 19 years, having worked with brands like Taj, Oberoi, Marriott, Radisson, etc.