January 13, 2014
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world's largest and most dynamic hotel groups, has reinforced its position as the leading and fastest-growing international hotel company in India, following an exceptional year of rapid development. With 16 new deals and five hotel openings in India in 2013, Carlson Rezidor remains the number one international hotel operator in this market by number of hotels. Carlson Rezidor begins 2014 with 65 hotels in operation and 36 under development in India.
“We have established our leadership in this market over the last 15 years. By focusing on building strategic partnerships with hotel owners, we have accelerated our growth to deliver a record number of hotel signings in 2013. Our sustained growth in India will ensure our continued leadership in this important market,” said Simon C. Barlow, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
Carlson Rezidor can also expect further injections of new hotels as a result of its partnership with Bestech Hospitalities Pvt Ltd (Bestech). As part of their agreement, six hotel management agreements have already been executed in 2013 alone. From now to 2024, the partnership will deliver an additional 43 new generation Park Inn by Radisson hotels in north and central India, which will provide an added boost to Carlson Rezidor's portfolio growth. Carlson Rezidor is currently also in the process of seeking a second strategic partnership to leverage multi-platform growth in India.
At the same time, India is also the focal point for the roll-out of the next generation Country Inns & Suites By Carlson brand. This growth is managed through Country Development and Management Services Private Limited (CDMS); a joint venture between Carlson and Chanakya Hotels Private Limited, which has successfully pioneered the brand in India.
The Carlson Rezidor team in India is led by Raj Rana, chief executive officer of Carlson Hotels (South Asia) Private Limited, and K.B. Kachru, chairman and the founder of Carlson Rezidor's hotel business in India. Together, they have more than 40 years of hospitality experience.
“Our partnerships have put us on a path of phenomenal growth and we will continue to invest in our relationships with hotel owners and in our people to ensure that we leverage our momentum and capture the emerging opportunities in this market. We have in place a strong India team comprising 50 local talents who have excellent local networks and an in-depth understanding of the operating environment to take us to the next stage of growth. I am confident the progress we have made over the last three years will allow us to further broaden our footprint in India,” added Barlow.
About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world's largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels in operation and under development, a global footprint spanning 100 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn®by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Hotel Missoni). The group plans to grow the portfolio to nearly 1,500 hotels in operation and under development by 2015. In most of the group's hotels, guests can benefit from the loyalty program Club CarlsonSM, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ more than 85,000 people.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.
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