The spurt in demand has raised room tariffs substantially, up to 50% higher than usual, and going as high as Rs 17,000 per room per night. The hospitality industry in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar is abuzz as hotels prepare to welcome guests for the IPL encounters.
“We are fully sold out for the weekend as we are hosting certain dignitaries who have been invited for the matches. The hotel will be doing good business thanks to the IPL matches,” said Punit Baijal, general manager, Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad.
Overall bookings at hotels in the twin cities for the coming week are in the 80-100% occupancy range across hotels due to the high demand because of the qualifier match on Friday and the final on Sunday. Some of the hotels are hosting teams and are expecting good traction. Keenan McKenzie, general manager, ITC Narmada, said, “We are hosting a team which will provide a major boost to business. Tariffs have gone up with demand and we are also witnessing constant inquiries from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow, Rajkot, and Surat for the weekend. Most patrons are staying with us for two to three nights.”
Industry players say that in the city’s lean summer season, the IPL has brought good business to the city’s hospitality market with revenues from food and beverages also going up. Tariffs for suites have risen to as high as Rs 40,000 per room per night for the weekend. “Events like the IPL are major crowd-pullers and with the finale taking place here, demand for hotel rooms in the city has certainly increased. We are already at 80% occupancy for the weekend as inquiries continue to pour in,” Rahul Mallick, director of sales, Novotel Ahmedabad.