Akash Datta

Senior Vice President - Consulting & Valuation, New Delhi

Akash DattaAkash Datta, HVS Senior Vice President - Consulting and Valuation, leads consulting engagements, encompassing market studies, feasibility studies, strategic planning, valuation, and forecasting. Akash has spent nearly 13 years in the hospitality industry having successfully worked with International Hotel and Consulting firms such as Hilton, JLL and HVS in South Asia and the Middle East. In 2005, Akash started his Consulting career with HVS as an analyst following which he undertook his MBA in International Hospitality Management with concentration in Real Estate Finance from IMHI ESSEC in Paris, France. Known for his industry insights, Akash works with leading companies, private clients, industry groups, and global networks. Contact Akash at +91 989 9517 404 or [email protected]

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HVS Monday Musings: Why Is Franchising Still Struggling To Make A Breakthrough In Indian Hotels Sector?

Franchising is slowly but steadily making its presence felt in the Indian hotels sector. Approximately 17% of the total brand signings by keys in 2020 were franchised properties as compared to 14% in 2019 and 10% in 2018.

HVS Musings: Hotel Transactions in India in 2020

Hotel transactions value in India contracted by approximately 50% to reach INR24,611 million (approx. US$332 million) in 2020 compared to INR49,372 million (approx. US$690 million) in 2019, but was still higher than the previous peak of INR19,929 million achieved in 2015.

HVS Monday Musings: Brand Conversions – an Untapped Opportunity in Indian Hotels Sector

Hotel rebranding or conversion has been a growing trend in the Indian hotels sector. As a result, over the past five years more than 230 hotels in the country have been converted either from a standalone property to a brand or migrated from one brand to another.

HVS Monday Musings: India Union Budget 2021: Seeing the Glass Half-full?

After making several representations to the government, the Indian hospitality sector, one of the worst-hit by the pandemic, was expecting some game-changing announcements during the Budget 2021 speech which would help accelerate the sector's recovery.

Room for Growth

The Indian hotels sector was poised to grow to greater heights driven by increasing demand in the pre-COVID era and the current crisis is just a speed-breaker in its path. As a famous adage goes, "in every crisis lies an opportunity", this calamity can also be turned into an opportunity for the sector as this is perhaps an opportune time to invest in hotels.
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