Joy Roy Choudhury – Kolkata
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the international hospitality group would soon launch its Radisson Blu brand in Guwahati, thus expanding its footprints in the North-East region of India. Commenting on the development, Raj Rana, CEO, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – South Asia stated, “The soon-to-be-open Radisson Blu Guwahati, is our first hotel in the far eastern part of India. This beautiful hotel located in the heart of Guwahati includes 196 well-appointed rooms, four restaurants, including a bar, all day dining and a Thai specialty restaurant, as well as flexible and extensive banquet spaces of almost 11,000 sq. ft.”
Further elaborating on the growth plans, Rana said, “We are in pace to open over a dozen hotels this year to further strengthen our solid footing and maintain our position as the number one international hotel operator in the country by number of hotels, with 63 hotels in operation and another 32 under development across our five brands in India. By 2020, we hope to more than double our presence in India. Our growth is fueled by our strong, long standing relationships with developers based on our strong track record of delivering results and creating value for hotel owners.”
Speaking on the hospitality market of Gawahati, Rana stated, “Guwahati is an emerging market in the eastern part of India with great transport connectivity links from all parts of India. It is also a significant business and tourism hub. Guwahati is one of the fastest developing cities in India and is often referred to as the gateway of North Eastern region of India.” The hospitality chain has leading hospitality brands like Radisson Blu, Park Plaza, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, and Park Inn by Radisson in India, which cater from mid-scale to premium segments.