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Hotel chain unveils expansion plans

Guwahati, March 14: Bhargav Group of Hotels, a city-based hospitality group, is looking to spread its wings to cities and towns beyond Assam.

The group, which began its operations back in 2002, opened its fifth hotel in the Lokhra area here today.

“The four others are all budget hotels while this is a three-star facility — Bhargav Grand — with 46 rooms and amenities such as a banquet hall, conference room, multi-gym and health centre, a live kitchen among others,” Bhargav Group managing director Swapnashree Dutta told The Telegraph.

“We are looking to explore avenues beyond Assam and even expand to places such as Puri in Odisha soon,” Dutta said.

The hospitality sector in the Northeast has made rapid strides with a number of budget and star hotels coming up of late.

Work on as many as four five-star hotels in and around Guwahati is under way as well.

“The region is emerging as a hotspot for tourists. The inflow of tourists to Assam and the Northeast has increased over the years. The three-star hotel will cater to clients who prefer budget hotels but with facilities that ensure a comfortable stay,” she said.

The group has tied up with a nationalised bank for part funding to set up the facility.

On its USP, Dutta said, “We have kept the tariff at a bare minimum without compromising on the amenities. Besides, another advantage our clients would have is that the hotel is located away from the city centre and closer to the airport.”

Bhargav Grand has a staff strength of 80. “We have trained local youths, mainly from the area, before recruiting them in our hotel,” Dutta said.