Hyatt Continues Building Presence in India’s Large and Midsize Markets with 2011 Hotel Openings
INDIA – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) on March 23 announced that Hyatt affiliates have signed management agreements for nine new Hyatt-branded hotels in emerging cities across the country. This continued expansion in India brings the total number of Hyatt hotels under development there to 38.
The agreements cover three Hyatt brands: a Grand Hyatt hotel in Noida, Hyatt Regency hotels in Jaipur, Surat, Ghazibad, Chandigarh, Lucknow and Guwahati, and Hyatt Place hotels in Bangalore Devanhalli and Mumbai Seepz.
In addition to the agreements, Hyatt also announced that the Hyatt Regency Chennai and Grand Hyatt Goa will open later this year.
Hyatt Regency Chennai, set to open in May, is a 329-room contemporary hotel with five restaurants and lounge bars. The hotel, conveniently located in the central business district, and in close proximity with the fast developing IT corridor, includes various leisure facilities including a Hyatt Pure spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a beauty salon. Hyatt Regency Chennai will have extensive meeting and event facilities with 16,000 square feet of function space.
Grand Hyatt Goa will be part of Aldeia de Goa, a high-end residential area in close proximity to Dona Paula and the capital of Goa-Panjim. This world-class resort will overlook the Zuari River a few miles before it encounters the Arabian Sea. Spread across 19 acres of tropical gardens, the hotel will offer a total of 314 spacious rooms and suites including an impressive Grand Club and three Presidential Villas. The spa will feature 20 treatment rooms for a unique sanctuary spa experience inspired by the preferred Hyatt Pure treatments of the world. A large variety of indoor and outdoor dining facilities will include a Grand Café, Italian restaurant, Indian restaurant and bar-lounge. Grand Hyatt Goa will also have some of the largest conference facilities in the State of Goa.
“Establishing a strong presence in emerging markets is a key element in our strategy of becoming the most preferred hospitality brand,” said Steve Haggerty, global head of real estate and development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “India is certainly a core focus, and we are extremely pleased to have established relationships with some of the best developers there to build new properties that represent our most desirable brands.”
“Nearly 30 years since the first Hyatt hotel opened in India, we continue to drive brand preference by expanding our presence and types of offerings,” said Ratnesh Verma, senior vice president of real estate and development for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in Asia. “From a strong base in global gateway markets, we are pushing into many new cities throughout India. Our strategy brings the full portfolio of brands to life in India so that, no matter what level of service a guest is looking for, we are there to meet their needs.”
With 38 hotels under development in India, Hyatt currently plans to offer its full and select service brands, including:
14 Hyatt Regency hotels under development, in addition to four already open
5 Grand Hyatt hotels under development, in addition to one already open
4 Park Hyatt hotels under development, in addition to one already open
14 Hyatt Place properties under development
1 Andaz hotel under development
As part of this expansion, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts is seeking to attract and develop high-quality talent in India in order to drive future growth. Currently, more than 3,500 associates are employed at Hyatt hotels in India, and with the development effort, it is expected that more than 10,000 new associates will be welcomed into the Hyatt family. Hyatt is investing in training curriculums and accelerated leadership programs in order to ensure that new associates support the company’s mission to deliver authentic hospitality and to develop new professional opportunities for its associates.