Hilton Sets Eyes On Chennai With Its First Property

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Empee Hotels Ltd., part of the Empee Group, signed an agreement with hospitality major Hilton International to manage and operate their luxury hotel development in Chennai. The property promoted by Empee Hotels with an investment of Rs. 184 crore, will be a welcome addition to the growing needs of the city of Chennai.

Empee Hotels Ltd., part of the Empee Group, signed an agreement with hospitality major Hilton International to manage and operate their luxury hotel development in Chennai. The property promoted by Empee Hotels with an investment of Rs. 184 crore, will be a welcome addition to the growing needs of the city of Chennai.

The 253-room Hilton Chennai, which opens in December 2007, boasts of several fine dining restaurants, a destination bar, a swimming pool, a health club and a spa. Located 15 minutes from the Chennai airport, Hilton Chennai would also include four conference rooms, a ballroom and a business centre.

Wimberley Allison Tong & Goo (WATG), one of the leading global design teams behind some of the world’s most iconic hotels has designed this landmark property. The hotel design will be a blend of Indo-Saracenic Style of architecture with new generation state-of-the-art facilities.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. M P Purushothaman, Chairman of Empee Group said, “Hilton is a fresh face in India, but in the last 18 months its presence nationally and regionally has grown quickly making it a priority partner for our group.”

Ms. Nisha Purushothaman, Managing Director, Empee Hotels Ltd., said, “With this tie-up we will take our hotel business to the next level and work with a global hotel chain that has a modern array of upscale properties. With the development of the new property, the Hilton brand will have a very strong presence in Chennai and will be a preferred choice for judicious travelers to this region.”

Speaking at the signing ceremony at Chennai today, President for Hilton International Middle East and Asia Pacific, Mr. Koos Klein, said, “Chennai’s hotel industry is shaping up to be one of the most dynamic in India, with occupancy levels at the top end of the market posting very strong gains.”

“As the powerhouse behind India’s automotive industry and with its growing IT sector, the outlook for this market is very positive. We are delighted to partner the Empee Group, a company that has a comprehensive knowledge of the hotel industry gained through first hand experience in operating hotels and with Mr. M P Purushothaman’s active role with the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India.”

“This is a strong addition to our eight properties already established in India and the three other properties now under development,” he further added.

Chennai accounts for forty percent of India’s automotive industry with companies such as Hyundai, Ford, Mitsubishi, Ashok Leyland and Royal Enfield having manufacturing facilities within the region. In August, BMW also announced its intent to open a manufacturing plant in the city in late 2006. Most recently, the city has transformed into a commercial centre hosting a large number of IT companies and outsourcing businesses seeking alternative hubs to Hyderabad and Bangalore.

The conference, conventions and events market is forecasted to rise. The city is well positioned to capitalize on an influx of business tourism, with the International Airport serving more than fifteen international carriers.

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