Hyatt continues growth

Bertin...portfolio focus

HYATT Hotels & Resorts has reaffirmed its expansion plans in India with signed management agreements for nine new Hyatt-branded hotels in emerging cities across the sub-continent.

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.

Hyatt is due to open the Hyatt Regency Chennai,  the Grand Hyatt Goa and Park Hyatt Hyderabad later this year.

Thierry Bertin, vice president worldwide sales, Southwest Asia, Hyatt International, said: “Focusing on building a broad and strong portfolio of properties in the emerging markets is a key element of our strategy.  It is almost 30 years since the first Hyatt hotel opened in India so travellers from the Middle East region benefit from our strong heritage in the country in addition to convenient travel routes from key airports in the region.”

With 38 hotels under development in India, Hyatt plans to offer its full and select service brands, including 14 Hyatt Regency hotels under development, with four already open, five Grand Hyatts under development and one already open, four Park Hyatt properties under development with one already open and 14 Hyatt Place properties and an Andaz hotel under development.

The Grand Hyatt Goa, scheduled to open later this year, is set in 28 acres of lush tropical gardens, overlooking the sheltered blue waters of Bambolim Bay.

It is a unique five-star conference resort and spa located in northern Goa. Inspired by 17th century Indo-Portuguese architecture, this contemporary palace features 314 grand rooms and suites and one Royal Villa.

The Park Hyatt Hyderabad, with 209 guest rooms and suites and 44 serviced apartments, is expected to open in the upscale Banjara Hills area of Hyderabad in southern India at the end of the year.

As part of its expansion, the company is keen to attract and develop high-quality talent in India to help drive future growth.

Currently, more than 3,500 associates are employed at the group’s sub-continent properties and, with the development effort, it is expected more than 10,000 new associates will be welcomed into the Hyatt family.