Chandigarh-Mar 4 : If the fiscal year 2009-10 has been remarkable for the CITCO-run hotels 2011 too has dawned on a cheerful and promising note. Bag of constraints, so it seems, has had little impact on the earnings made by the Hotel Mountview, one of the CITCO outfits. In fact, the Hotel has not only made an ascending graph of all time high sales but also netted Rs two crore more than the fixed target for this fiscal before time. And the stigma of non-performance, that generally comes to stick to some government wings, has been washed clean.
Putting all the counts together, Mr R.P. Singla, GM, Hotel Mountview, the only government-run five-star hotel in the tri-city of Chandigarh, said that the hotel despite many constraints has registered the gross sales of Rs 30 crore up to February, 2011 which was Rs two crore more than the fixed target of Rs 28 crore for fiscal 2010-11. He further stated that the hotel registered sales of Rs 3.67 crore in the month of February alone against sales of Rs 2.56 crore during the corresponding month of last fiscal.
The various sales kitties too are up compared to the last fiscal. The Hotel earned Rs 11.58 crore from the food sales which is Rs 2.50 crore more compared to last fiscal of Rs 9.2 crore. It has netted Rs 14.93 crore from the room sales which is Rs 3.66 crore more than the room sales netted by it in 2009-10 (Rs 11.27 crore).
Mr Singla disclosed that the hotel has also shown an increase of Rs 1.86 crore in bar and banquet sales compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal. Up to February 28, the hotel registered bar and banquet sales of Rs 8.19 crore against Rs 6.33 crore netted in 2009-10. Sudden and unexpected revival has made the rebound quite strong and more robust than one could have anticipated added Mr Singla.
The hotel has also registered and increase in room occupancy compared to last fiscal when the global meltdown was estimated to have dented the flow of foreign tourists by an average of 30 per cent. “The hotel has registered 51.36 per cent room occupancy up to February, 2011 which is 9 per cent more than the last fiscal. During February last, room occupancy is 72.36 per cent which is 16 per cent more compared to last fiscal (56.31 per cent),” stated Mr Singhla.
Mr Singla attributed the increase to some innovative plans and decisions taken by the Chandigarh Administration and staff support and efforts to shore up earnings by drawing more customers to the dining table.