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Hospitality is not one industry—but a composite that represents the global and local economic pulse, micro-market demand-supply dynamics and consumer confidence. Ambiguity laced with new challenges and opportunities can arise from any of  these spaces. The sector is vulnerable to events like natural disasters, geopolitical developments and terrorism.

Further, in a developing economy like India, the demand for hotels is highly price sensitive. Highly capital intensive, with long gestation periods, the ability to generate profits from hospitality ventures is notoriously challenging.

In this webinar, Pavethra Ponniah, CFA,  Vice President and Sector Head, ICRA Limited will discuss the opportunities and challenges in India's Hospitality sector. The webinar will address the following learning outcomes:

  • Understanding the development of the hospitality industry in India and key challenges.
  • Assessing key operating and financial parameters while analysing the prospects of the industry.
  • Understanding the financial and operating factors to watch while assessing the credit risks in the industry.

This is the archived version of a live webinar that took place on 09 May 2019.

About the Speaker(s)

Pavethra Ponniah Picture
Pavethra Ponniah CFA

Ms. Pavethra Ponniah, CFA, CAIA, is a Vice President and Sector Head at ICRA Limited. She is a member of the Rating Committee at ICRA. Ms. Ponniah has been working for ICRA for the last 14 years and has been in the financial services industry for about 16 years. Ms. Ponniah holds a bachelor’s in science and master’s in finance degree from the Delhi University. She has earned the CFA designation from the CFA Institute.

Shreenivas Kunte
Shreenivas Kunte CFA, CIPM

Shreenivas Kunte, CFA, CIPM, is a director of professional learning and advocacy at CFA Institute. In this role, Mr. Kunte contributes to thought leadership in the investment profession. He writes on investing topics in leading publications and represents CFA Institute at conferences and forums. Mr. Kunte serves as an external research scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Previously, he worked as the country trading strategist for Citi in Tokyo, Japan. He holds a degree in computer engineering from the University of Mumbai.