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IHCL to adopt asset-light strategy

Under a new model, all hotel projects of the company will be executed by Tata Realty & Infrastructure Ltd (TRIL), while Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) will just manage them

   Wednesday 21-Nov-2012  | Mumbai

Indian Hotels Company Ltd, which runs the Taj Group of Hotels, is altering its business model as per reports.

Till now, the country’s largest hospitality chain has been constructing hotel projects itself, which often leads to cost over-runs and clogged finances.

Under a new model, all hotel projects of the company will be executed by Tata Realty & Infrastructure Ltd (TRIL), while IHCL will just manage them.

TRIL has already entered into an agreement with IHCL as the company has taken over or is in the process of doing so three projects as per a report in DNA.

The Tata hospitality jewel has been financially stressed, posting net losses for the last four quarters. In July-September, the company reported a net loss of Rs67.82 crore on a net sales of Rs813.80 crore as against a net loss of Rs52.59 crore (on net sales of Rs743.86 crore) in the corresponding period last year.

The company owns and manages 115 hotels with 13,887 guestrooms under the Taj, Vivanta, Gateway and Ginger (through subsidiary Roots Corp Ltd) brands.

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