July 26, 2010 // Franchising.com // INDIA and SINGAPORE - Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, today announced the further expansion of its India portfolio with the opening of its 30th hotel, the 201-room Radisson Hotel Indore. Situated in the business hub of Indore, the hotel is a 20-minute drive from the Devi Ahilyabai airport and 25 kilometres from the industrial centres of Dewas and Pithampur, one of Asia's largest industrial areas.
"The Radisson brand is famous for its vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality characterised by the Yes I Can! service philosophy. This hotel opening marks Carlson's accelerated growth in India as part of our Ambition 2015 global growth strategy to expand our portfolio by at least 50 percent by 2015 to more than 1,500 hotels in operation," said K.B. Kachru, executive vice president, Carlson, Hotels, South Asia.
"This is also the 12th Radisson hotel operating in India. With over 40 Radisson hotels under development throughout Asia Pacific, Radisson is the number one, fastest growing upscale brand in the region," added Kachru.
Owned by strategic partner Bestech Hospitalities Private Limited in India, the Radisson Hotel Indore is one of four projects Carlson is partnering on with the group in the country. Carlson currently manages the Radisson Suites Gurgaon and Park Plaza Noida, and will also manage the Radisson Hotel Nagpur scheduled to open in the first half of 2011.
"We are very proud of our strategic alliance with Carlson. With its exceptional hospitality experience, the Radisson Hotel Indore will bring value to the overall development of Indore and add a new dimension to the already established hospitality culture of the city," said Dharmendra Bhandari, managing director, Bestech Hospitalities Private Limited.
"The hotel has been designed by Singapore headquartered design firm DBTA International Pte Ltd and will be the pride and benchmark of true hospitality in Indore," said Sunil Satija, managing director, The Bestech Group.
Featuring 18 suites and 183 stylish and spacious rooms, the Radisson Hotel Indore offers a contemporary setting for the modern day business or leisure traveller. The hotel features several distinctive dining options, including The Creative Kitchen, an all-day restaurant serving global cuisine; The Great Kabab Factory, an Indian specialty restaurant offering a unique dining experience; The Lobby Bar, an ideal venue to unwind, offering an array of international spirits and wines; and The Cakewalk, presenting the finest cakes and pastries.
The Radisson Hotel Indore features a 38,000 square feet area for conferences, meetings and social gatherings, and can accommodate up to 1,000 people. Another key highlight is the extensive wellness facilities located on the hotel's landscaped roof top, offering a breathtaking view of the city and comprising a swimming pool, gym with yoga room and a world class spa offering a range of therapies.
The hotel is also convenient to several attractions rich in history, such as the Holkar Palace or Rajwada, a seven-story facade built over two centuries ago; the Lal Baag Palace on the banks of the River Khan, and the Central Museum.
Carlson is a privately held, global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses more than 1,075 hotels, including Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn® and Park Plaza®; more than 1,000 restaurants, including T.G.I. Friday's® and Pick Up Stix®; and a majority stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, the global leader in business travel management. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and its brands employ about 150,000 people.