TikTok, Facebook and Instagram bring music to labels' earsMusic companies such as T-Series, Times Music & Saregama set to earn over Rs 100 crore this year as users put posts on these platforms with their music. Many experts say these are early days and with more users in India getting exposed to social media's features, music labels will benefit more. The revenue potential of these platforms may increase substantially.
Hoteliers to ring in New Year on happy noteLeading hotel brands keeping rates for Christmas and New Year celebration packages mostly unchanged. Hotel chains said they are not bringing down rates as they are confident of demand picking up from last-minute party goers. At Pullman and Novotel hotels in New Delhi’s Aero City, the rates for New Year’s eve are up marginally.
Travellers show little interest in KashmirBusiness to Kashmir is very slow, both for Indian and foreign travellers. Comparing it to last year's records which was not good either, this season witnessed a dip of 50%. Although hotels are operational, there have been hardly any bookings. Internet blockade continues to be a huge detterent, putting off the visitors.
As air fares soar, Indians decide to holiday near homeThere’s been a 15-20% jump in advance bookings for destinations such as Goa, Udaipur and Jaipur from the year earlier as an increase in winter schedule capacity has resulted in a decline in some domestic fares. Advance bookings for international destinations like Singapore, Colombo, Bangkok, Dubai, Mauritius and Malaysia are up 10-12%.
Political parties plan to up TikTok presenceTikTok has 200 million users in India. Following a temporary ban by the Madras High Court earlier this year, and a week after it became available again on app stores in India, TikTok had stated in May that it had reclaimed the top spot among free apps on the iOS platform and in the social category on the Google Play Store on Android.
Global luxury market grew 4% in 2019: Bain 2019 Luxury StudyThe study pegged the size of the global personal luxury goods market at 281 billion in 2019. Mainland China's luxury market grew the most by 26% at constant exchange rates this year to reach 30 billion. Chinese customers accounted for 90% of the constant growth of the market in 2019, reaching 35% of the value of luxury goods.
Over 500 hotels in 100 cities may have checked out of Oyo since AprilThe hotels have previously accused Oyo of contract breaches, arbitrary commission rate changes, stoppage of minimum guarantee amounts and threatening legal notices among other things. Oyo has denied this. FHRAI has also complained to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) against the company.
Roseate Hotels plans to expand abroad, locallyThe luxury hospitality brand, which started operations three years ago and currently owns and operates all its hotels, is also considering entering into new management contracts to expand further and plans to launch separate standalone outlets of its inhouse food brands.
Hilton appoints Sabu Raghavan as vice president, HR for IndiaHilton said Raghavan's new role will see him focusing exclusively on India, working closely with Hilton’s leadership team to drive culture and talent development among Hilton's team members in the country. “At Hilton, we are in a people-serving-people business and our Team Members are at the heart of what we do,” said Navjit Ahluwalia, Hilton, India.
More Indians flying overseas to shop for cheaper luxury goodsUK, France and NY top attractions as big brands offer huge discounts, logistical support. La Vallée Village in France, which is home to brands such as Armani, Jimmy Choo, Givenchy and Versace, has been organising trade events in India and saw visits by Indians increase 40% last year.
Instagram takes the private like counts test globalIn the test, users can still see their likes by tapping on the like list, but others will not be able to see how many likes their post has received. Likewise, users will not be able to see how many likes others' posts have received. The company began testing it in Canada in May 2019 and expanded it to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Ireland, and Italy in July this year.
Hotels come out with special offers, promotions for peak holiday seasonHotel chains said the offers are for the peak season and aimed at boosting occupancy, getting more people to sign on to loyalty programmes, and improving recall and positioning of existing brands. Hotel chain Accor is running the ‘starting from’ offer for Kolkata, Bengaluru and Mumbai, where prices for rooms start from as low as Rs 2,799.
WhatsApp introduces catalogs for small businessesThe catalog feature is available to businesses using the WhatsApp Business app on both Android and iPhone in Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S. It will be rolling out around the world soon.
Accor and Alibaba Group Enter into a Strategic PartnershipAccor said through the 'strategic collaboration' the chain plans to develop a series of digital applications and loyalty programs to improve the consumer and traveler experience over the next five years. The chain said the collaboration will leverage Alibaba’s 700 million consumers across its China retail marketplaces.
#Cancelallblueticksin India row erupts on TwitterThe uproar started following a campaign by journalist and activist Dilip Mandal calling Twitter discriminatory. Mandal started a campaign with the hashtag verifySCSTOBCminority and sought to get 500 accounts of users of marginalised communities verified. The hashtag was one of the top trending hashtags in India on Wednesday, garnering over 80,000 tweets.
KN Govindacharya files letter petition on WhatsApp NSO matter to SCGovindacharya has also written to Ravi Shankar Prasad seeking NIA investigation against FB, WhatsApp, NSO Group Technologies, and Q Cyber Technologies for compromising with public data. Govindacharya has also said that from the pleadings of WhatsApp before the US district court, it is clear that WhatsApp is not secure and that its systems were compromised.
WhatsApp introduces new fingerprint lock for android phonesEarlier this year, the company said, it rolled out Touch ID and Face ID for iPhone users to provide an extra layer of security for WhatsApp users. "Today we’re introducing similar authentication, allowing you to unlock the app with your fingerprint, on supported Android phones," the company said in a statement.
'Airbnb delivered on a lot of pieces that PM wanted’Chris Lehane, global policy head for Airbnb said over the past four years, Airbnb has worked on delivering on a lot of different pieces that Prime Minister Narendra Modi identified for the company in his meeting with founder Brian Chesky.
Realtors take luxury route to boost salesVery recently, as part of its marketing strategy, One Mahalaxmi, a residential project by DB Realty and Radius Developers initiated some luxury brand collaborations via experiential events in Mumbai.