February 2023, Chennai: Global hospitality technology platform OYO has announced that it will manage, monitor and coordinate the accommodation of over 2000 athletes participating in the Chief Minister’s Trophy. Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu has picked OYO as an event agency on the basis of certain parameters laid down by it.
OYO has offered its expertise to identify and shortlist hotels. Accommodation will be arranged in Chennai while other services such as venue management will be offered across 36 districts in Tamil Nadu.
Guests will be staying in various categories of OYO hotels such as OYO Townhouse, Capital O, Collection O and Silver Key in Chennai.
As part of a larger partnership with the Chief Minister’s Trophy as an event management agency, OYO will also plan, organise and coordinate various activities during the mega sports event. It will be responsible for venue management including transport, reception and information desk at all venues and stay areas.
There will be an OYO team stationed at the Head Office of Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu to ensure smooth coordination. OYO will also set up a control room to manage social media, digital marketing, event management and district-wise sports updates. The control room will have dedicated teams working in three shifts to provide round-the-clock assistance to all the participants.
Elaborating more on the development, Pankaj Kumar, Head-Government Business, OYO said, “We are confident of meeting the expectations with the help of our unique inventory and availability of hotels, quality of accommodation, and price competitiveness of our offerings. OYO’s prior experience of successfully handling similar big ticket sports events such as Khelo India, National Games and Rural Olympics will be a big advantage. Safety and hygiene will be our top priority”.
Chief Minister’s Trophy is the Tamil Nadu government’s flagship sporting event that promotes sports at the grassroots level. This year, the event is divided into three phases planned in February, March and May, with athletes competing at district and state levels.