Carlson Hotels has confirmed that it plans to add more
than 50 properties, or over 6000 rooms, to its India portfolio by 2011.
The rooms will be spread across four Carlson brands – Radisson Hotels &
Resorts, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites
By Carlson. The India expansion is part of the group’s strategy to
double its regional presence in Asia Pacific over the next four years.
This year alone, Carlson Hotels Worldwide has
ambitious plans to open several hotels in major gateway cities in
India including Delhi, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Kolkata and Bangalore.
“Carlson is currently the largest international
hotel operator in India. We are looking to leverage on this
leadership position by growing our managed properties portfolio in
the long-term through strategic partnerships,” said K.B Kachru,
Executive Vice President - South-Asia, Carlson Hotels Worldwide.
“India represents about 70% of our
hotels currently under development across the region and will
remain our core growth market along with China, Thailand and the
South Pacific. Our brands have also gained strong visibility in
India through a number of high-profile award-wins and resonate
well with investors.”
India was the first regional market where
Carlson launched its Park Inn brand. There
are currently two Park Inn properties in operation, with another
five Park Inn properties under development - Park Inn Gurgaon,
Park Inn Ludhiana, Park Inn & Suites Bangalore, Park Inn Jaipur
Jai Singh Highway and Park Inn Delhi CBD Shahdara. The group also
plans to bring its luxury Regent brand to the country over the
next two years.
“Although we are currently experiencing
challenging economic conditions, in the long-term, a growing
number of Indians are expected to enjoy unprecedented levels of
affluence. It is therefore important that our acclaimed luxury
brand Regent, is represented in this fast-growing market,” added
There are currently nine Regent hotels under
development worldwide, of which five are in Asia Pacific. The
focus will be to continue to grow in key gateway cities and major
resort locations in the region that align with the strategic plans
of the brand.
Overall, Carlson Hotels Worldwide has about 12,000 rooms under
development across the region, including India.
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