A luxury business city-hotel, Ista is a trend setting concept, set up in the heart of India's silicon valley, the globally renowned centre of India's software industry, Bangalore. Situated conveniently close to the city's business and shopping centres, the hotel offers spectacular views of the Ulsoor lake and the cityscape, breaking the traditional concepts of luxury and redefining the term to set new standards of comfort levels and the ultimate in style.A selection of world class dining is available in the hotel's two restaurants and one bar, each with it's own distinctive character. The hotel offers exclusive meeting and banquet venues as well as a state-of-the-art business centre, making it the ideal choice for the selective traveler.Read More

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Top Hospitality Trends for the Year

The top hospitality trends for the year 2007 ……………….

Spa Facilities
The hottest trend going in hotels is the spa, the more luxurious the spa the happier the guest. Be it guests staying just the night, or for meeting, or just for the weekend, they all want to hit the spa, even if only for an hour at the end of the day.

Big Spender’s Big Demands
Luxury is back, guests are demanding luxury, first-class amenities and added value in return for their money. Flat screen televisions, luxurious bath soaps, superior bed and bath linens, spa service, expectations are at their peek.

Breakfast is Back
The breakfast is fast regaining its popularity. Comfort food, eggs cooked to order, and healthy options with low in fat and high in protein and nutrition. French toast and waffles are a growing trend. New takes on breakfast basics, such as the Lemon Soufflé Pancakes, are becoming more and more popular
Quiet, please. This is said to be a very dominant factor when selecting a hotel or resort. There is a partiality for quiet or soundproofed rooms, along with noise reduction windows and walls.

Leisure Travel to Grow
Leisure Travel is expected to grow despite economic challenges in year ahead. Short getaways of four nights or less remain the most popular vacations and represent over half of all vacations taken by leisure travelers.

The Business Traveler
The newest traveler and spender on the block is the business traveler. With the economy on the rise and big salaries the economical business traveler has started spending big for amenities like individual service, great restaurants and bars, luxurious spas and specialization in g high-end conferences.

Big Corporate Spending
Going on advance bookings for corporate conferences from 20% to 50% over the start of the year, spending on company meetings is definitely on the rise Corporations are spending more and more to gather people together to launch, strengthen and accelerate initiatives. They are also providing their staff and customers full service hospitality environments for work and leisure

Competition Clause
The "Competition clause" is now demanded more often in contracts, precluding the presence of competitors anywhere on the hotel property while a company's executives are present. As competition within industries is fierce and industrial espionage is a big concern.

WiFiis no longer a luxury or a convenience, it is now apparently as a necessity, it is not only expected, but is supposed to be free of charge. It’s expected that a guest can log on and access email or the office from anywhere in the hotel.

Online BookingThis is a major trend, the majority 66% of travelers go solely to the Internet when planning a future vacation, while 57% report making reservations online.

Designer Website
Your website will be the first thing the guest will see, as mentioned that the majority of travelers go to the Internet to look and book the hotel. So be sure that it has both quality and is has online booking facilities.


It seems that high end spending by both the public and corporate is back with a vengeance. Hotels and resorts that emphasize individual service, great restaurants and bars, high quality amenities, luxurious spas and settings and accommodations and specialization in accommodating high-end conferences are the demand of the day.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Bangalore Business city

Bangalore Business City

Bangalore is an amazing business hub, a true cosmopolitan city with all the hustle and bustle. It is the perfect city to conduct business meetings, seminars and conventions as its salubrious weather and atmosphere are conducive for business purpose.

Blessed with a gardens & parks, natural lakes, architectural landmarks, shopping malls, the best restaurants and pubs in this part of the globe, business opportunities are abundant in this part of India.

Bangalore is often said to be the center of the Indian I.T. outsourcing movement, and has offices of many foreign tech companies as well as a number of native Indian tech startups, it is referred to as the Silicon Valley of India.


Bangalore has a healthy and booming economy. It is home to over 10,000 dollar millionaires and around 60,000 super-rich people who have an isurplus of Rs. 4.5 crore and Rs. 50 lakh respectively. As of 2001, Bangalore's share of Rs. 1660 crore (US$ 3.7 billion) in Foreign Direct Investment was the third highest for an Indian city. Bangalore is India’s fourth largest and fastest growing market, with a per capita income of Rs. .49,000 (US$ 1,160)


Bangalore is a veritable melting pot of various races and cultures. A dynamic city, with innumerable cultural events organized every evening, Bangalore has a population of more than 56 lakhs. Besides Kannada, which is the official language of the state, Bangaloreans are also comfortable with English, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, etc.

Bangalore is known as the "Garden City of India" because of its greenery and the existence of many public parks dotted al over the city. It also has many other nick-names such as Pub City, Silicon Valley of India, Mini Subcontinent etc.

The diversity of cuisine available is astonishing and diverse. Roadside vendors, tea stalls, and South Indian, North Indian, Chinese and Western fast food are all very popular in the city. With its many pubs and bars, and also with the city being the headquarters of United Breweries, makers of the popular Kingfisher Beer, Bangalore is a drinker's dream.


Bangalore has a variety of hotels from budget to the expensive. For the business man there are many choices from which to pick. A good choice is the Ista hotel which is a mid-range hotel with all the necessary business facilities. It is situated conveniently close to the city's business and shopping centers.

Bangalore's Airport is India's fourth busiest and functions as both domestic and international airport and is well connected to several destinations in the world. Plus a new airport is also in the offing the new Bangalore International Airport, which is being constructed in the outskirts of Bangalore, targeted to be inaugurated in April 2008,

Bangalore is also well connected to the rest of the country through the Indian Railways. The city is connected to New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad, as well as other major cities in Karnataka. There is also nn intra-city rapid rail transport system called the Namma Metro which is being developed and is expected to be operational in 2011.

The city also has well developed roads and transport systems. Taxi services, three-wheeled, black and yellow auto-rickshaws, buses operated by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation are the various means of public transport within Bangalore city.