MUMBAI, MAY 23, 2022: The Indian Hotels Company Limited, India’s largest hospitality company, today announced Ahvaan 2025. Under the plan, it will re-engineer its margins, re-imagine its brandscape and re-structure its portfolio. IHCL aims to build a portfolio of 300 hotels, clock 33% EBITDA margin with 35% EBITDA share contribution from new businesses and management fees by FY 2025-26.
Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL said, “Continuing its growth momentum, IHCL signed over 100 hotels and opened over 40 hotels in the past five years, making it the fastest growing hospitality company in India. Ahvaan 2025 will further accelerate IHCL’s profitable growth by scaling its diversified brand portfolio across its traditional and new businesses. Its iconic and strongest brand Taj, Paathya an industry leading ESG+ framework and a strong focus on digital will be the key enablers on this journey.”
Ahvaan 2025 maps IHCL’s three-pronged strategy to grow profitably in the coming years. IHCL continues to Re-engineer its margins with an emphasis on sustained revenue growth,cost optimisation and operational excellence. It will further strengthen the balance sheet with focus on free cash flows and be a zero net debt company. Scaling its Re-imagined brandscape, Ginger will be an important growth vehicle and will scale to 125 hotels, ‘amã Stays & Trails’, a branded offering in the homestay market will be a portfolio of 500 and Qmin, IHCL’s culinary and home delivery platform will expand to 25 plus cities.
IHCL also aims at Re-structuring its portfolio and achieve a 50:50 mix between its owned/leased and managed hotels. It will look to stimulate growth by unlocking capital through strategic partnerships, monetization and simplification. Having signed the highest number of new hotels in India over two consecutive years 2020 and 2021, IHCL has a strong pipeline of 60 hotels. IHCL is present in 100 destinations across India. Taj, the iconic luxury brand is slated to grow to 100 hotels across the globe, while Vivanta and SeleQtions will scale to a portfolio of 75 hotels.
With culture, customer and community at its core, Ahvaan 2025 will seek to maximize stakeholder value.
About The Indian Hotels Company Limited
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the iconic brand for the most discerning travelers and the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand as per Brand Finance 2021, SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels, Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels and Ginger, which is revolutionising the lean luxe segment.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel – The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 236 hotels including 60 under development globally across 4 continents, 11 countries and in over 100 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is India’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.