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Hyatt charts India expansion plans with 15 more hotels
Shekhar Niyogi, Kolkata, June 21, 2013

HYATT Hotels intends to deepen its footprint in India by adding 15 more Hyatt Regency hotels by 2016 and roll out three more brands locally.


Currently, the company has 17 Hyatt properties or 4,900 keys in the country, of which six are branded under Hyatt Regency.


Hyatt Regency Gurgaon debuted last week (TTG Asia e-Daily, June 18, 2013) and will be joined by Hyatt Regency Ludhiana, Hyatt Raipur and Hyatt Place Pune Hinjewadi later this year, the three adding 400 rooms in total.


The hotel giant has launched only four of its seven brands in India – Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency and Hyatt Place – but intends to introduce Andaz, Hyatt House and Hyatt to the market soon.


Hyatt Hotels has 50 ongoing projects in India and intends to open hotels in key business and leisure destinations, having identified metro, Tier Two and Tier Three cities for development, according to Dhruva Rathore, vice president, Hyatt Hotels.


Anil Punjabi, director-eastern region, Travel Agents Federation of India, said: “Ever since the first Hyatt Regency was opened in New Delhi 30 years back, the brand has done well, carving their niche in a competitive and growing hotel market. Additional properties will add good quality, branded room inventory and help in attracting leisure, corporate and MICE clients.”


Arun Verma, director, New Delhi-based Allways Travel, commented: “The opening of Hyatt brand hotels in Tier Two and Tier Three cities will be a success. These are high-growth areas in India and (hotel openings) should help increase footfalls in such cities because the dearth of branded room capacity in the past has been a deterrent to both business and leisure travel.”


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