Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group ’s leadership position in India has been reaffirmed when it was presented with the Fastest Growing Hotel Chain Award by the Honorable Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture for India at Today’s Traveller Awards in Delhi recently. Organised by Today’s Traveller India, the Awards celebrate excellence in the sectors of tourism and travel, transportation, technology and fashion.
Over the past few years, Carlson Rezidor has successfully maintained its pole position as the number one international hotel operator in India by number of hotels. Currently, it has over 110 hotels in operation and development throughout 40 cities across the country. These hotels are representative of its five brands – Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns and Suites. This year, it has opened seven hotels in India and is expected to open two more before year-end.
“The recognition of being the fastest growing chain in India attests to our deep commitment to India, one of the world’s top most important markets. Our 15 year commitment has seen Carlson Rezidor grow in tandem with India’s tourism. We have established a strong presence in capital cities such as Delhi where we have more than 20 hotels and are often the first to establish an international hotel in up and coming cities such as Guwahati, Bhatinda and Mysore. This year, we are introducing two new hotel brands – Radisson Red and Quorvus Collection – which will fit well with India’s tourism agenda to attract international tourism and grow domestic travel,” said Thorsten Kirschke, President, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Asia Pacific.
Apart from winning the Fastest Growing Chain Award, Carlson Rezidor’s Chairman for South Asia, K. B. Kachru was the sole recipient of Today’s Traveller Legends Award (2013 – 2014) for his pioneering contribution to India’s hospitality sector. In addition to the two major accolades, seven hotels within the Carlson Rezidor’s portfolio were also recognised for their exceptional performance in various categories:
•Park Inn by Radisson, New Delhi – IP Extension – Upcoming Trendiest Business Hotel in Delhi
•Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Alibaug – Best 5-Star MICE Hotel in Mumbai Suburbs
•Radisson Blu New Delhi Paschim Vihar – Best 5-Star MICE Hotel in Delhi
•Radisson Blu Indore – Best Business Hotel in Indore
•Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi – Best Business Hotel in Delhi
•Radisson Blu Pune Kharadi – Best Business Hotel in Pune
•Radisson Blu New Delhi Dwarka – Best Wedding Hotel in Delhi
“We are delighted to once again receive an industry award that speaks of the strength of Carlson Rezidor in India,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “Having been in the country for over 15 years and growing steadily despite intense competition, we attribute this success to the dedication and expertise of our local teams in the regional offices and hotels. Our teams have a deep understanding of the market needs and customize products and programs to address these. The team’s passion coupled with India’s immense unlocked potential keeps us focused and bullish on the growth of our business.”