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Luxury Hotel Brand Swap Keys India Economic Slump2014-02-13 14:37:29


Less than nine months after opening the first hotel in Mumbai under its brand, Hong Kong luxury chain operator Shangri-la Asia handed the keys back to the owner.
Now, US based starwood Hotels and resorts worldwide inc is in talks with the same owner to take over management of the property under its Regis brand, people familiar with the matter said, part of a shak-out at the luxury segment of India’s ailing hotel industry.

Slowing economic growth and an oversupply of new hotels conceived during the boom years of 2006 and 2007 have led to failing room and occupancy rates, straining relationships between hotel owners and the global chains brought in to run them.

But while some global operators are leaving, others like Inter Continental hotels Group, Hyatt hotels Corp and Starwood are jumping in, using the now unbranded hotels to accelerate their expansion in a country they believe has long-term potential.

“More than half the future deals we are looking at are conversions in the four-and five star standard,” India head and regional vice president for south at Starwood, which currently runs 38 hotels in India.

Source: The Himalayan Times, 12 feb


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