WORLDHOTELS has opened its first office in India, with hospitality industry veteran Naresh Chandnani appointed as regional director hotel development for the Indian subcontinent and the Maldives.
Worldhotels’ vice president Asia-Pacific, Roland Jegge, said: “Opening a dedicated office in India is a significant step, supporting a fast-growing network on the subcontinent as we continue to expand worldwide.”
The new office in Delhi National Capital Region will support the group’s significant growth in India, with a portfolio of nine hotels in the region so far.
This includes the Asiana Hotel in Chennai, The Claridges in New Delhi and Surajkund, 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’ network expanded to 450 hotels (100,000 rooms) last year, with 25 per cent growth in roomnight production from 2009. The group has added 73 new hotels to its portfolio in the last one year, many in new destinations.