EH STAFF – Mumbai
Lavasa Corporation recently signed an agreement with IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), to open Holiday Inn at Mugaon, the second town under development at Lavasa. Holiday Inn Lavasa, Mugaon, a 200 room midscale hotel is expected to open by 2015.
Mugaon, located close to the first town Dasve is being developed as a residential, educational, business and commercial hub. Major attractions in the new town are the Town Centre with shops, cafes, cultural institutions, spiritual centres, Apollo Medicity, schools and colleges, sports academies like Manchester City Football Academy, Nick Faldo Golf Academy and a USSRC supported Space theme Park and a Hollywood – Bollywood style theme park.
Holiday Inn Lavasa, Mugaon will exemplify the standards of the USD $1 billion Holiday Inn relaunch, featuring new signage, new exterior landscaping and design, an enhanced welcome experience with a re-designed lobby, de-cluttered reception desk and all-new signature scents and sounds. The 200-room hotel will offer an extensive selection of food and beverage outlets. A fully-equipped business center along with conferencing facilities and expansive banqueting facilities will make the Holiday Inn Lavasa, Mugaon an ideal business and leisure destination. Construction of the new hotel is likely to commence in the third quarter of 2013.
Commenting on the development, Rajgopal Nogja, group president – Development Companies, HCC said, ‘We are pleased to partner with IHG, a reputed and established hotel operator for opening the Holiday Inn hotel at Mugaon. Tourist traffic to Lavasa is on the rise with close to one lakh tourists visiting the city every month. The proposed development at Mugaon which includes theme parks, medi city, sports academies and the business hub will only augment the tourist numbers. The opening of Holiday Inn at Mugaon will help us further cater to tourist demand for quality hotel accommodation.”
Douglas Martell, vice president – Operations, South West Asia, IHG said, “We are extremely excited to partner with HCC and welcome Holiday Inn Lavasa, Mugaon – India’s first planned scenic hill station and an emerging tourist destination. With a growing economy and an expanding middle class, we foresee a strong demand for midscale hotels in the country, and the Holiday Inn Lavasa, Mugaon will be a great product of the next generation of hotels planned for India.