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Leading hospitality consulting firm, HVS has announced the finalist for the HICSA ‘Hotels of the Year Awards’ 2015. Hotel Investment Conference − South Asia (HICSA) will host its 11th Annual at the JW Marriott Aerocity New Delhi on 7th and 8th April 2015.

44 nominations were received this year for the ‘Hotels of the Year Awards’ and HVS is pleased to share the names of the finalists across the following categories: Luxury/Upper Upscale, Upscale/Upper Mid Market, Mid Market and Budget/Economy segments. Like every year, the list of finalists was derived by an esteemed panel of six judges using a detailed point-based analysis model for each hotel’s ranking across various criteria. This year’s awards also saw an overwhelming participation from neighbouring countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives. In light of the same, the judging panel has decided to create two additional categories - Luxury/Upper Upscale and Mid Market earmarked for hotels from the neighbouring countries. The winners will now be selected by HICSA delegates via an online voting system, which will go LIVE on the 12th March 2015 and will remain open till 7th April 2015. The names of the winning hotels shall be announced on DAY 1 as part of the scheduled programme.

On the occasion of the seventh ‘Hotels of the Year Awards’, Manav Thadani, Chairman – HVS Asia Pacific and Founder of HICSA, said “Over the years, HICSA ‘Hotels of the Year Awards’ have gained immense popularity amongst industry stakeholders. Today, it is widely regarded as a truly prestigious and coveted platform honouring the most outstanding hotel developments in the South Asian region. These awards present a fantastic opportunity for new hotels to be showcased and recognised for their remarkable accomplishment and excellence in performance within the very first year of operation.”

Instituted in 2009, HICSA Hotels of the Year Awards were conceptualized to acknowledge outstanding new hotel developments in the South Asian region in the past year.

The finalists in each of the six categories for HICSA ‘Hotels of the Year Awards’ 2015 are:  

Luxury/Upper Upscale Segment


Dusit Devarana, New Delhi (A Bird Group Resort)
ITC Grand Bharat A Luxury Collection Resort Gurgaon, New Delhi National Capital Region
JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa Mussoorie


Anantaya Resort & Spa Chilaw, Sri Lanka
Cape Weligama Weligama, Sri Lanka
Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa  Bentota, Sri Lanka

Upscale/Upper Mid Market Segment

Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park Bengaluru
Hyatt Place Gurgaon/Udyog Vihar Gurgaon
Lemon Tree Premier, Delhi Airport New Delhi
The Gateway Resort - Damdama Lake, Gurgaon

Mid Market Segment


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hyderabad Gachibowli Hyderabad
Lemon Tree Hotel, Gachibowli, Hyderabad
Zone Coimbatore, By The Park Coimbatore

Cinnamon Red Colombo Colombo, Sri Lanka
Mirage Lords Inn, Kathmandu, Nepal
OZO Colombo Colombo, Sri Lanka

Budget/ Economy Segment

Ginger Hotel, Chandigarh
Ibis Delhi Airport Hotel New Delhi
Red Fox Hotel, Delhi Airport New Delhi

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