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Worldhotels Opens its First Office in India

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Worldhotels is extending its global hospitality marketing and distribution network with the opening of a new office in India, its first in this rapidly expanding economy.

Hospitality industry veteran Naresh Chandnani has been appointed Regional Director Hotel Development India Subcontinent and Maldives to establish the dedicated division.

The new office in Delhi NCR (National Capital Region) has been established to support the significant growth of Worldhotels in India, with a portfolio of nine hotels in its network so far but earmarked for significant growth.

Indian affiliates to the network to date are Asiana Hotel in Chennai, The Claridges in New Delhi and Surajkund, Asiana Hotel Chennai, Pride Park Premier in Gurgaon, The Sahara Star in Mumbai, Aamby Valley in Pune, Matthan Hotel in Bangalore and new Svenska Hotels in Mumbai Juhu and Bangalore Electronic City.

Worldhotels Vice President Asia Pacific Roland Jegge said, ďOpening a dedicated office in India is a significant step, supporting a fast- growing network on the sub-continent as we continue to expand worldwide.Ē

Worldhotels is rapidly extending its global reach, having recently opened a Russia office in Moscow. The network expanded to 450 hotels (100,000 rooms) in 2010, with 25% growth in room night production from 2009. In addition, the group added a record 73 new hotels to its portfolio in the last one year, many in new destinations. Worldhotelsí ambitious expansion targets 80 new hotels joining its global portfolio this year.

Naresh Chandnani

With 25 years of hospitality experience spanning operations, sales and marketing and strategic business and brand development, Mr Chandnani is primarily focused on expanding the brand presence in India.

His hotel career has included 14 years with TAJ Hotels, three years with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and the past eight years launching IHHR Hospitality and ISTA Hotels in India, as their Vice President Sales and Marketing.

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