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Ritz-Carlton Opens First Hotel in India

Ritz-Carlton Opens First Hotel in India

BANGALORE, India—The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has officially opened the doors of its first luxury hotel in India. Located in the heart of downtown Bangalore, India’s third largest city. The 277 room city-center Ritz-Carlton hotel embraces tradition with the Jaali (lattice screen) design from the Mughal era and many architectural and interior design features, including pointed archways and ample white marble reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. Jaali screens offer a sense of privacy while allowing light to flow through them. A marble staircase is the center piece of the hotel interior and decorative paintings and sculptures, coupled with intricate Jaali patterns, are all carefully blended to form the hotel’s character. With 1,280 pieces of contemporary art from prominent artists, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore is home to the largest collection inside a hotel. “We are redefining the international standard for luxury hospitality in India with a truly unique property in Bangalore,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “Our first hotel in India underlines our commitment to the Indian people who have long been supporters of our hotels overseas.” The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore introduces seven fine dining restaurants, which are to be run by Michelin Star chef Anupam ...

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JW Marriott Debuts Two New India Properties

JW Marriott Debuts Two New India Properties

MUMBAI, India—Marriott International’s global luxury brand JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts is continuing to grow it’s India portfolio with the opening of two new hotels—in Bengaluru and New Delhi—within weeks of each other. These will be JW Marriott brand’s fourth and fifth hotels in India. “We are very excited to launch these two new, beautiful properties in India,” said Mitzi Gaskins, JW Marriott Hotels and resorts vice president and global brand manager. “India is a compelling and dynamic market and we look forward to continuing to celebrate the country’s rich culture, history and flavors with our guests.” JW Marriott Bengaluru opened its doors on September 12. The five-star hotel offers 297 rooms and suites, including one Presidential Suite, and features a collection of Indian artwork curated by Geetu Hinduja, director of The Fine Art Company, an art consultancy located in Mumbai. Guests are invited to indulge in six different dining options, including wine, antipasti and prohibition cocktails at Bar Uno; rustic Tuscan fare at Alba; authentic Indian cuisine at Spice Terrace; delectable baked goods and gourmet products at grab-and-go patisserie Bengaluru Baking Company (BBC). The property also includes a luxury Spa by JW, offering six different treatment rooms, a heated ...

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Marriott International Introduces Fairfield Brand to Asia

Marriott International Introduces Fairfield Brand to Asia

BENGALURU, INDIA—Marriott International expanded its brand offering in Asia with the opening of its first Fairfield by Marriott hotel in Bengaluru, India. Considered a growth engine for the company’s expansion in Asia with 12 hotels signed in India and additional properties signed in Nepal and Indonesia, Fairfield represents an opportunity for Marriott International to move into new locations and markets. “For over a year, we conducted research in India and Asia to better understand guests’ preferences around the guest rooms, public spaces and food and beverage offerings,” said Shruti Gandhi Buckley, vice president global brand management, for Fairfield Inn and Suites at Marriott International. “The Fairfield product in Asia is a direct result of the research, ensuring we deliver a product that is truly designed for the value-seeking Asian business traveler and is differentiated from the competition.” The Fairfield Bengaluru Rajajinagar in South India offers 148-rooms and Kava, a three-meal-a-day restaurant which will serve authentic Indian cuisine along with Western menu options, featuring both buffet and à la carte options. In addition the hotel has a functional lobby with a bar lounge and 24/7 Market for drinks and snacks, banquet and meeting room space with updated technology, a business center, ...

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Brand USA Expects One Million Visitors from India in 2015

According to projections from Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for promoting the United States as a premier travel destination, the U.S. will likely see an influx of many more visitors from India by the year 2015. This article from the Economic Times states that visits from the country rose by 9.2 percent in 2012, reaching 724,433 visits. By 2015, Brand USA expects that number to reach one million. In 2012 Indian visitors spent $4.9 million and ranked 10th in terms of money spent. More at the Economic Times.

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First Hyatt Regency Hotel Opens in Gurgaon

First Hyatt Regency Hotel Opens in Gurgaon

CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Gurgaon in New Delhi’s National Capital Region (NCR). Spread over six acres, the hotel is located off the Delhi-Jaipur Highway (NH 8) at the gateway of Gurgaon’s commercial district. The 16-story property features 451 guestrooms, including 37 suites. Rooms offer high-speed Internet access and separate work areas. “We are proud to announce the opening of Hyatt Regency Gurgaon in the same year that Hyatt will celebrate 30 years of Hyatt-branded hotels in India. The Hyatt Regency brand features elaborate meeting and convention facilities in key business destinations and Hyatt Regency Gurgaon does a wonderful job showcasing those brand elements,” said Pablo Graf, senior vice president, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Southwest Asia. Four specially designated Regency Club floors include a Regency Club Lounge which offers complimentary buffet breakfast and evening cocktails. The Regency Club’s other features include private check-in and check-out facilities, limited access to a private boardroom, and free wireless Internet service. Located at the ground level of the hotel is a multipurpose convention space spread over 40,000 square feet. This includes the Regency Ballroom, eight meeting rooms, a boardroom, and a dedicated pre-function area for each venue. The Regency Ballroom ...

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