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Monday, 07 November, 2016, 18 : 18 PM [IST]

Park Hyatt Zanzibar

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‘Our culinary team is able to cater to Indian preferences of vegetarian & Jain food’


The proximity of Park Hyatt, Zanzibar, to important tourist destinations evince interest to all kinds of tourists, says Garry Friend, GM, in an interaction with TravelBiz Monitor.

Q. How does Park Hyatt differentiate itself from other hotels in Zanzibar?
A. Park Hyatt is the only five-star luxury hotel in Stone Town as well as only luxury multinational hotel in Zanzibar. Park Hyatt delivers on the high standards and expectations associated with the brand, and also maintains high level of security, hygiene and technological services.

Q. What kind of position does Park Hyatt Zanzibar hold in the hospitality landscape of Zanzibar?
A. The hotel enjoys a niche position as an international luxury product housed in a UNESCO World Heritage building. Park Hyatt Zanzibar, delivers on world renowned high standards in the culturally rich surroundings. Beachfront location allows guest to enjoy breathtaking views on the Indian Ocean from the comfort of their guest rooms.

Q. What are your MICE offerings?
A. The hotel has both indoor and outdoor event venues equipped with latest audio-visual technology. On site event managers and international culinary team is able to coordinate and cater to all type of functions.

Q. What are the facilities you offer to Indian guests in your property?
A. Our culinary team is able to cater to Indian guests’ preferences of vegetarian as well as Jain food.

Q. What are the locational advantages the property offer?
A. The hotel’s central location in Stone Town enable guests to discover all the historical treasures as well as shopping areas which are within walking distance. Proximity to tourist attractions like Prison Island, Sandbanks, Dolphin watching, snorkelling and diving makes it an ideal location for all interest groups. The hotel has a direct access to the sandy beach as well as Infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. With airport being 15 minutes and Ferry terminal 10 minutes away, access to the hotel is not only convenient but is also economical.

‘India offers tremendous opportunity for Park Hyatt Zanzibar’


With Indians increasingly opting for travelling at exotic destinations, Park Hyatt Zanzibar is hoping their business will get further fillip once RwandAir starts direct flight from India to Tanzania. Park Hyatt Zanzibar, has been part of all the ZTPC, India Fam tours and will continue to conduct trips for tour operators from India, says Julia Gimadyeva, Director - Sales, Park Hyatt Zanzibar in an interaction with TravelBiz Monitor.

Q. What is the number of Indian room nights Park Hyatt Zanzibar recorded during the first eight months of 2016?
A. Indians on an average spent 69 room nights at our property during January to August this year.

Q.What are the marketing strategies adopted by you to promote your property in the Indian market? To boost your sales from Indian market, are you offering any TAC to the Indian travel trade?
A. India offers us tremendous opportunity for growth and in the last few years the country has emerged as one of the most preferred target markets for us. Increase in disposable income, growing middle class, affinity to explore new destination by Indians, etc., led us to target the market.

The Hyatt group in India is very active and has a huge base of travel agents and tour organisers who are working with us. This apart, we are very closely associated with the ZTPC India in creating more awareness and opportunities for Indians to visit Zanzibar.

Q.What kind of growth are you expecting by the end of 2016?
A. It is very difficult to project growth at this point of time; we will get fair idea in the coming months . However, looking at the Indian market, we are very optimistic for a healthy growth.

Q.Which Indian traveller segments are you planning to tap (MICE, Wedding, etc.)? Please elaborate.
A. Mainly three segments from Indian market offer us opportunity-Wedding, MICE and Leisure Travel. As far as the wedding segment is concerned, we already see big demand from India. Zanzibar is an ideal destination for wedding, MICE, Leisure travel, etc. We also offer range of services for these segments. In the days to come I am sure we will receive more guests from India from these as well as other categories.


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