2015 India State Ranking Survey

The 2015 State Ranking Survey aims to assess the competitiveness of the 30 Indian states and identify the best performers from the hospitality industry's viewpoint. The report employs 12 key parameters to evaluate the different states.
Manav Thadani, Chairman - HVS Asia Pacific, joined the company in 1995 in its New York Office. He went on to start the India operations in 1997 and was HVS’ first employee in Asia. Over the last 19 years, HVS India has expanded into multiple verticals including Strategic Consulting, Executive Search, Marketing, Communications, Energy & Sustainability and Professional Skills Development. In his current role, Manav oversees all eight offices across Asia Pacific, ensuring that they operate cohesively and effectively. Additionally, he runs four conferences in the region – Hotel Investment Conference - South Asia (HICSA); Hotel Operations Summit India (HOSI); Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC) Indonesia, and Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC) Sri Lanka. A pioneering entrepreneur and an effective leader, Manav has been a trusted advisor to various industry stakeholders, with his candid views being highly sought after and respected in the field of hospitality. Under his guidance, HVS has garnered the reputation of being the ‘Go To’ hospitality consulting firm in this part of the world. On a personal level, Manav co-founded SAMHI in 2011, a leading Indian hotel investment and development firm with focus on ownership of branded hotels in the mid scale and economy segments across key cities. Manav is also the immediate past Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council - India Initiative (WTTCII). Contact Manav at mthadani@hvs.com
Sanaya Jijina joined HVS in 2015 as an Analyst in the Consulting & Valuation division. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Hospitality Management from the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad (University of Huddersfield, UK). Prior to joining HVS, she gained hotel operations and Sales and Marketing experience by working with Starwood Hotels


  1. Prashanth AroorOct 5, 2015

    Good job. My only comment is that air seats need a greater weightage. We find tourist arrivals are limited by connectivity. India wants to double its FTA from some 6.5 Mil to 14 Mil and take 1% global share from current 0.6% and the biggest hurdle to achieve this will be air seats and road and rail connectivity. From the point of entry how is one going to affordable Criss cross the country's various attractions?

  2. VENKATARAMANINov 28, 2015

    it would be useful information for analysis of hospitalityindustry

  3. anupam narayanJan 18, 2016

    Very interesting and informative article. Hopefully this will get states at the bottom of the list to boost their focus and investment in tourism.One question. How do you define a "branded" room? Are local/regional chains included? example Sinclair or Jaypee? Could you provide a list of chains/brands that were counted as branded rooms?

    • Dear Sir, A branded room is typically one that is either owned, managed, franchised or lease-operated by an organized and generally accepted/recognized brand. This would thus include regional, national and international chains. Jaypee group for instance would qualify. As long as they have an organized set up and / or are a chain of hotels across geographies, they would be part of our list. Thank you

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