Nagaland Tourism and Hotel Polo Towers Group ink agreement to upgrade govt owned hotels

Kohima: Lease agreement to convert Dimapur Tourist lodge and erstwhile New Millennium at New Ministers Hill, Kohima to 4/5 Star or higher category hotels

BY | Wednesday, 13 September, 2023

The Tourism Department, Government of Nagaland and Hotel Polo Towers Group Pvt Ltd Polo grounds, Shillong, Meghalaya signed a lease agreement on Wednesday, September 13 for the development of 4/5 Star or higher category hotel with a mall at Dimapur Tourist Lodge and erstwhile New Millennium at New Ministers Hill, Kohima.

The signing took place at Hotel Japfü, Kohima in the presence of Temjen Imna Along, Minister Tourism & Higher Education, Deval Tibrewalla, CEO and Director of Hotel Polo Towers Group, MLA Kevipodi Sophie, Tourism Directorate officials, and other government officials.

The projects will be realized under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model and will operate on a Design, Build, Maintain, Operate, Manage, and Transfer (DBMOMT) basis.

“Tourism as an industry is transforming the lives of many people in Nagaland and beyond,” said Minister Temjen Imna Along mentioning that the signing of the lease agreement is a congratulatory moment for the people of Nagaland which has become a reality under the vision and leadership of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio towards Tourism as an industry in Nagaland.

With Nagaland on the verge of celebrating 25 years of Hornbill Festival next year and with the increase of footfall in tourism through the year, Along said “there is a need for the right boutique Hotel with Naga consciousness.”

Meanwhile, Deval Tibrewalla, CEO and Director of Hotel Polo Towers Group noted, “It’s an honour to partner with the Tourism Department of the Government of Nagaland. These initiatives will not only boost the hospitality sector but also contribute to job creation and local economic growth. This move aligns with our vision of having a hotel in every major city of the North East,”

Ajanuo Belho, Director of Tourism Department, Government of Nagaland, considered the agreement ‘a cornerstone in the path to advance Nagaland’s tourism sector’. “We are excited to work closely with the Hotel Polo Towers Group as they have deep experience in hospitality in the North East. We look forward to extending all support to bring these ambitious projects to fruition,” added Belho.

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About the Projects:

The Dimapur facility will feature top-of-the-line accommodations, multiple dining venues, entertainment centres, and retail shops, thereby positioning itself as a complete lifestyle. The Kohima project will focus on providing an unparalleled luxury hotel experience to serve both business and leisure travellers. These landmark projects are set to elevate the tourism and economic landscape of Nagaland.

Scope and Timeline:

The detailed agreement lays out a structured, time-bound plan for both initiatives. The Tourism Department and Hotel Polo Towers Group are committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality, safety, and sustainability throughout all phases of development.

Being the largest Hospitality Group in the North East, Hotel Polo Towers Group has a strong presence in the Region with a reputation of creating and nurturing destinations. Hotel Polo Towers Group is renowned for setting high standards in hospitality, delivering exceptional service, and enriching guest experiences. The Group currently has 9 operational hotels and 5 Hotels in development.

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