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NEWS| WelcomHeritage to expand in Nepal, NE

Hotel major ITC Welcom group is on an expansion spree. The company plans to take its heritage hotel brand – WelcomHeritage – to Nepal and north east.

The group, which has around 53 exclusive heritage properties across India, plans to add around 7 more properties by the year end, taking its count to 60. In the past six years, it has been adding an average of 10 hotel properties to its list every year.

“We are looking at some properties in Nepal. We plan to have strategic alliance at heritage locations and actively pursuing the same. We are also looking at expanding our presence in north east. We want to be present in every nook and corner of the country where there is a good heritage property,” says Rakesh Mathur, president, WelcomHeritage.

While the group is already present in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya, it is looking at properties in Nagaland and plans furthering its presence in Assam at Kaziranaga.

WelcomHeritage considers north east as a lucrative option as this part of the…

JP Distilleries opens 4-star hotel

Bangalore-based J P Distilleries has opened a 130-room four-star hotel in the city. ‘JP Churchill Hotel and Suites’. It is a joint venture with the London-based leisure and hospitality firm Eclipse Hotels. Average room rent is around Rs 4,000 per night, according to a release.

Speaking at the launch, J P Distilleries Director J P Sudhakar told reporters here that the hotel was built at a cost of around Rs 45 crore.

At present, the group owns properties such as Hotel Hari International and Canopy Hotel (in Bangalore) and plans to build one each in Bangalore and Mysore in the next twelve months, he said.

The company has already acquired land for its next Bangalore project, with an estimated expenditure of Rs 70 crore, officials said.

The Eclipse Group, which claims to own assets worth 80-100 million pounds worldwide, will manage the Churchill brand for JP Distilleries, in India.

Eclipse Hotels portfolio consists of 16 hotels, including limited service and five star properties, the release sa…