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Amrapali ties up with Clark for hotel biz

Real estate major Amrapali group has joined hand with Clark group of hotels to venture in the hospitality sector. The group has entered into agreement with Clark group to manage its hotels in Vrindavan and Bareilly. Amrapali group is also planning to build hotels in Greater Noida, Jaipur, Indore and Jodhpur.

In Vrindavan, the hotel property, named Kanha Clark, will be in the 4-star category. Mukul Sharma of Amrapali said that the construction of hotel on 2 acre of land has already been started and would be completed by 2008. The total investment in the 107-room hotel project will be Rs 25 crore.

In Bareilli, the group is developing a 65-room hotel on 0.3 acre plot for Rs 20 crore. Land has already been acquired and the necessary permission has also been obtained from the concerned authority to implement the project. Sharma said that Amraopali clark Boutique Hotel in Bareilli, which is a gateway for Nainital, Rudrapur, Ranikhet and Moradabad, will be completed by 2008.

Amrapali group has implemented a number of projects in NCR. Sharma said construction for hotel projects in other cities was also going on in full steam. He said these hotels would also be completed in the next two years.

The group is talking with Clark group for management tie up for these hotels too. But nothing had been finalised yet. The group will also expand to other cities in the coming years.

Source : TOI

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Leela group plans chain of pilgrim hotels

Rumi Dutta

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 (Mumbai):

Leela group's big boss CP Krishnan Nair is on top of the world with international agencies publishing raving reviews on his high-end luxurious hotels.

But now Nair wants to make his presence felt even in the mid market segment. The Leela group's Rs 2,200 crore expansion plan is presently on track and the group has already started designing its next phase of expansion.

The hotel major is planning to set up a chain of pilgrim hotels across India and according to sources this would be another Rs 1,000 crore project. "Pilgrim hotels will cater to mid-market segment, there is such a big demand," said CP Krishnan Nair, Chairman, The Leela Palaces & Resorts.

The Leela group will double room capacity from 1,200 at present to 2,700 over the next three years. It is on a land acquisition spree and is planning new hotel projects around Hyderabad and Bangalore airports.

Having got close to the airports it is even planning to jointly develop Coonoor airport with Singapore's Changi Airport. At a time when other Indian hotel chains are spreading wings abroad Captain Nair believes that the untapped Indian market is where the money is.

With foreigners descending on to India chasing business opportunities he is only making sure he give international hotel chains a tough fight in the home ground before he faces them on a global platform.

Source: NDTV

Conde Nast lists Leela as the best business hotel

Bangalore-based Leela Palace Kempinski has been rated as the favourite business hotel in the world in a Readers’ Choice Awards by a leading UK travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller.

Over 30,000 business travellers across the globe voted on the basis of satisfaction with travel facilities and services, comfort, food, beverage and value for money. Around 94.5% voted The Leela Palace as the first amongst the top 10 business hotels in the world. This is the first time an Indian hotel has been featured among the top 10 hotels.

The Leela is followed in this year’s ranking by Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, Park Hyatt, Tokyo, Island Shangri-la, Hong Kong, Four Season Hotel George V, Paris, The Peninsula, Hong Kong, Hotel Le Bristol, Paris, Four Seasons Hotel, New York, The Jumeriah Emirates Towers, Dubai, Mandarin Oriental, New York. The Oberoi in New Delhi, is ranked 18th and is the only other Indian hotel on the Conde Nast list.

The Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards, now in their tenth year, has earned a reputation in Britain, since they are based on the readers’ nominations. These awards are considered to be the Oscar Awards of the travel industry.

“Little did I realise when I dreamt about my Bangalore project on the lines of the Mysore Palace and Vijaynagar and Hampi dynasty of the tenth century, that we would be able to create a world class hotel that today ranks number one in the world. Over 18 architects from USA headed by designer Donald Fairweather implemented my dream of Mysore palace into a reality.

The fact that we are such a young brand and up against such internationally renowned competition, makes this recognition all the more special,” said The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts chairman CP Krishnan Nair.
The Leela Palace opened in 2001, with 347 rooms. In Bangalore, the demand for five-star rooms exceeds supply, and hence, Leela Palace has almost 75% occupancy rates during the week with room rates hovering around Rs 16,000.

The portfolio of Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts include Leela Kempinski in Mumbai, Leela Palace Kempinski in Bangalore, Leela, Goa and Leela Kempinski in Kerala. The group is expected to get six more hotels into its fold which include Gurgaon and Udaipur in 2008, Chennai in 2009 and New Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune 2010.

source: Economic Times