Monday, 07 November, 2016, 18 : 18 PM [IST]
Park Hyatt Zanzibar
‘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
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 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.