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Ginger: Smart BasicsTM
Dr Mukta Kamplikar1

Roots Corporation Limited develops and operates a fast-expanding chain of economy hotels across India under the “Ginger” brand. There is currently a lack of competition in the branded economy hotels segment and Ginger is the only branded economy hotel chain in India. The Ginger hotels are built around a concept that provides facilities to meet the key needs of today’s traveler, at affordable rates. Ginger faces challenges in different aspects of its business as it aims to deliver consistently, quality service to the customer and manage customer expectations.


Exhibit 1: The proportion of hotel segments across Indian cities.
Jaipur Cochin Goa Pune Hyderabad
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The lodging industry in India is highly fragmented and competitive, and competition is expected to persist and intensify. Currently, Ginger competes with three-star full-service hotels from the unorganized sector (these are hotels developed and operated as standalone hotels with no chain/hotel group


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Ginger: Smart BasicsTM



Ginger—The Service Concept
The concept of Ginger was developed in association with renowned corporate strategy thinker, Dr C. K. Prahalad, and the hotels were indigenously designed and developed