Starting with four properties that it bagged from Odisha Tourism under Lease development Agreement(LDA), Toshali Group forays into management of hotel units. It now plans to expand inorganically focusing on destinations that cater to particular segments such as the Buddhist circuit.
Toshali Group won the bid for four hotels out of six it went for that floated by the Odisha Toursim to be managed by private operators. The Department of Toursim, Government of odisha had floated tenders for leasing out 33 hotel properties spread across the state from private hospitality investors recently. Harihar patra, Director marketing, Toshali resorts International revealed,” We won the bid in October for Odisha Toursim-owned accommodation units for management.”. The hotel group will be managing hotels in pathrajpur, ratnagiri, Udayagiri and laitgiri. The property at pathrajpur will be developed as a wayside amenity with 24 rooms, which is near an excavated historical site and would address the local travelers. The Udaygiri will have around six rooms and we plan to add further rooms later. Rooms for Ratnagiri and lalitgiri properties will be finalized soon.
“Our emphasis has always been to promote tourism in the state. Now that we have won the bid to manage the four properties in October 2011, toshali simultaneously enters the management of properties too and will look at lease/ management contracts for our brand expansion. We are still discussing he issues on the brand part with the tourism department,” he said. Apart from that Toshali has acquired Kolkata-based travel company Pan Asia. The company, with a team of five people, is a specialist in selling Buddhist segment to southeast Asian countries and Sri lanka.”pan Asia will empower us with the knowledge on tapping Buddhist Tourism and now that we have properties in critical Buddhist locations of tourism importance, this knowledge force would be utilized to the full est to promote the properties,”Patra summed.