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A few days ago, there was news about the two Taj Hotels in New Town both by the Ambuja Neotia Group. One is lthe ex-Swissotel. The second one is a hotel in Eco Park.

The Taj Hotel at Eco Park, located in New Town, is a 57-room hotel overlooking Eco Park's 112-acre water body. The resort hotel is slated to open in 2021.

In the WBHIDCO Map, this seems to be to the location of the Eco Resort

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And from Google Earth, looks like something is definitely under construction between the Eiffel Tower and the Japanese Gardens

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No open space would be left in the end. Eco park has been turned more into an amusement park.
 

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The eco park was supposed to be the future lings of the area. Thats why we sacrificed so much expensive land to set it up. It was supposed to have trees and the water body and a NYC central park like jogging track only. Instead now it has started looking like a Madman's psychedelic head. I have heard that the eco park with all its lights lit up throughout the night burns much more energy than neighbouring buuldings/offices. There's nothing ecological about it.
 

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The eco park was supposed to be the future lings of the area. Thats why we sacrificed so much expensive land to set it up. It was supposed to have trees and the water body and a NYC central park like jogging track only. Instead now it has started looking like a Madman's psychedelic head. I have heard that the eco park with all its lights lit up throughout the night burns much more energy than neighbouring buuldings/offices. There's nothing ecological about it.
Now HIDCO should really plan a true sense eco park , I mean a complete urban jungle which will enhance the way of natural living amidst urban life.
 

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Now HIDCO should really plan a true sense eco park , I mean a complete urban jungle which will enhance the way of natural living amidst urban life.
Eco park really evolved into a hot tourism spot to earn money to the government. Tbh as long as this is milked as a commercial thing, I am not against it. But what Raunak and you said are also true. This is quite the opposite of ecological.
 

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Park Hotels Group launches mid-segment brand Zone Connect

The Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Group, which runs The Park branded five-star hotels, is going aggressive on small towns with a souped down version of its four-star offering Zone and has signed up three properties for the same, a top company official has said.
To be known as Zone Connect, the three-star offering targeted at small towns, will begin with around 130 keys across three properties in Coimbatore, Goa and Port Blair over the next few months, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels managing director Vijay Dewan told PTI on Monday.

Our aim is to sign up another 10–12 more hotels by next year under Zone Connect that will be our limited service brand, he said.
Zone Connect will come as a limited service brand under the Zone by The Park portfolio and will have 55 keys in Coimbatore to begin with opening next month, 49 rooms in Goa in the first quarter and 25 rooms in Zone Connect Port Blair opening in the second quarter.

Each property will be on an asset light model and will be under management contract and these will be limited service hotels with room rates coming in under ₹2,000.
Dewan said the expansion is on the back of the demand being witnessed in small towns especially the fast recovery seen in the past three months across F&B, weddings and social events.
Zone by the Park already operates 11 hotels across Coimbatore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jammu, Jodhpur and Chennai.
Zone Connect will bridge the gap for quality accommodation in small towns and will give hotel owners opportunity to grow their business with a reliable brand, Dewan claimed, adding discussions are underway with more property owners for launch in the second half of 2021 and are also open to greenfield, brownfield or take over even running hotels for expansion as “our aim is to sign up another 10– 12 hotels by next year under Zone Connect."

The group runs four brands--flagship five-star brand The Park Hotels, which contributes 85 per cent of the revenue; The Park Collection, Zone by The Park and the Flurys, which is on over 90-year old iconic patisserie brand mostly spread in Kolkata.
Between these four brands, the group offers 1,937 keys, of which 1,102 are across owned properties and the rest under managed ones.
On the overall business, Dewan said they have made a faster-than-expected recovery with the group level December occupancy hitting 87 per cent, up from 70 in the previous month and 66 per cent in October.
"At the peak last December we had 94 per cent occupancy and a room was going out at ₹6,500 a night, but the average tariff is down to around ₹4,000 now," Dewan said. In Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai Park hotels the occupancy is over 90 per cent this month, he added.
 

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Park Hotels Group launches mid-segment brand Zone Connect

The Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Group, which runs The Park branded five-star hotels, is going aggressive on small towns with a souped down version of its four-star offering Zone and has signed up three properties for the same, a top company official has said.
To be known as Zone Connect, the three-star offering targeted at small towns, will begin with around 130 keys across three properties in Coimbatore, Goa and Port Blair over the next few months, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels managing director Vijay Dewan told PTI on Monday.

Our aim is to sign up another 10–12 more hotels by next year under Zone Connect that will be our limited service brand, he said.
Zone Connect will come as a limited service brand under the Zone by The Park portfolio and will have 55 keys in Coimbatore to begin with opening next month, 49 rooms in Goa in the first quarter and 25 rooms in Zone Connect Port Blair opening in the second quarter.

Each property will be on an asset light model and will be under management contract and these will be limited service hotels with room rates coming in under ₹2,000.
Dewan said the expansion is on the back of the demand being witnessed in small towns especially the fast recovery seen in the past three months across F&B, weddings and social events.
Zone by the Park already operates 11 hotels across Coimbatore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jammu, Jodhpur and Chennai.
Zone Connect will bridge the gap for quality accommodation in small towns and will give hotel owners opportunity to grow their business with a reliable brand, Dewan claimed, adding discussions are underway with more property owners for launch in the second half of 2021 and are also open to greenfield, brownfield or take over even running hotels for expansion as “our aim is to sign up another 10– 12 hotels by next year under Zone Connect."

The group runs four brands--flagship five-star brand The Park Hotels, which contributes 85 per cent of the revenue; The Park Collection, Zone by The Park and the Flurys, which is on over 90-year old iconic patisserie brand mostly spread in Kolkata.
Between these four brands, the group offers 1,937 keys, of which 1,102 are across owned properties and the rest under managed ones.
On the overall business, Dewan said they have made a faster-than-expected recovery with the group level December occupancy hitting 87 per cent, up from 70 in the previous month and 66 per cent in October.
"At the peak last December we had 94 per cent occupancy and a room was going out at ₹6,500 a night, but the average tariff is down to around ₹4,000 now," Dewan said. In Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai Park hotels the occupancy is over 90 per cent this month, he added.
What happened to the proposed Park 2 hotel ?
 

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Three road trip circuits to come up between Odisha and Kolkata
Odisha Tourism has launched three tourism circuits that can be explored by road from Kolkata. A virtual roadshow was organised by the Odisha Tourism to promote Odisha by Road campaign, in which these circuits were also announced.

The first road circuit will be Deep into the Mangroves, which will traverse from Kolkata to Bhitarkanika via Bichitrapur Sanctuary and Chandipur. On this route, you will cover primary destinations such as Chandipur Beach, Bichitrapur Mangrove Sanctuary, Aul Palace, Talasari Beach, and Bhitarkanika National Park.

Reportedly, the second road trip circuit will be called The Trail of Cascades-Keonjhar, which will be from Kolkata to Keonjhar. On this route, you will cover destinations including as Bhimkund Waterfalls, Terracotta craft village at Ghatagaon, Sitabinji Caves’ fresco paintings, Gundichaghai Waterfalls, Kanjipani Ghati, Badaghagara and Sanaghagara Waterfalls.

The third road trip circuit will be called Tiger trails and Royalty, which will be from Kolkata to Simlipal, and will cover places, such as Similipal Tiger Reserve, Belgadia Palace, Barehipani and the Nawana Valley, Sitakund Waterfall & Ecotourism Zone.

While addressing the roadshow, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Minister of Tourism, Government of Odisha said that Odisha Tourism is making all the efforts to revive tourism amid the global pandemic. He added that this will provide an opportunity to reach out to the tour operators from West Bengal, as Odisha receives around 14 percent of its tourists from West Bengal. He further stated that the relation between the two states is like two sides of the same coin, with similarities in culture and cuisine, and that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint promotion of tourism between the states will likely enhance the movement of tourists between the states.

Eco Retreat—a luxury glamping retreat, has also been launched at Konark, Hirakud, Bhitarkanika, Daringbadi, and Satkosia to promote tourist destinations in the state. Odisha will also be hosting festivals and fairs till March 2021, which will include the Mukteshwar Dance festival, Konark festival, National Chilika Bird Festival, International Sand Art festival, Rajarani music festival, and Vrindaban Mahotsav.
 

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Three road trip circuits to come up between Odisha and Kolkata
Odisha Tourism has launched three tourism circuits that can be explored by road from Kolkata. A virtual roadshow was organised by the Odisha Tourism to promote Odisha by Road campaign, in which these circuits were also announced.

The first road circuit will be Deep into the Mangroves, which will traverse from Kolkata to Bhitarkanika via Bichitrapur Sanctuary and Chandipur. On this route, you will cover primary destinations such as Chandipur Beach, Bichitrapur Mangrove Sanctuary, Aul Palace, Talasari Beach, and Bhitarkanika National Park.

Reportedly, the second road trip circuit will be called The Trail of Cascades-Keonjhar, which will be from Kolkata to Keonjhar. On this route, you will cover destinations including as Bhimkund Waterfalls, Terracotta craft village at Ghatagaon, Sitabinji Caves’ fresco paintings, Gundichaghai Waterfalls, Kanjipani Ghati, Badaghagara and Sanaghagara Waterfalls.

The third road trip circuit will be called Tiger trails and Royalty, which will be from Kolkata to Simlipal, and will cover places, such as Similipal Tiger Reserve, Belgadia Palace, Barehipani and the Nawana Valley, Sitakund Waterfall & Ecotourism Zone.

While addressing the roadshow, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Minister of Tourism, Government of Odisha said that Odisha Tourism is making all the efforts to revive tourism amid the global pandemic. He added that this will provide an opportunity to reach out to the tour operators from West Bengal, as Odisha receives around 14 percent of its tourists from West Bengal. He further stated that the relation between the two states is like two sides of the same coin, with similarities in culture and cuisine, and that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint promotion of tourism between the states will likely enhance the movement of tourists between the states.

Eco Retreat—a luxury glamping retreat, has also been launched at Konark, Hirakud, Bhitarkanika, Daringbadi, and Satkosia to promote tourist destinations in the state. Odisha will also be hosting festivals and fairs till March 2021, which will include the Mukteshwar Dance festival, Konark festival, National Chilika Bird Festival, International Sand Art festival, Rajarani music festival, and Vrindaban Mahotsav.
Please , better post such articles and news in Odisha threads , as we are least bothered what's happening out there , let us concentrate on Bengals development and projects.
 

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Please , better post such articles and news in Odisha threads , as we are least bothered what's happening out there , let us concentrate on Bengals development and projects.
It's related to Kolkata tangentially. It indicates how the Kolkata bloc of tourists is driving these routes which are now being formalised.
Added to that, it's for any Kolkata forum member who wants to go on a road trip. So I'd argue this is relevant enough.
 
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