HHR plans 27 hotels in 21 cities by 2011 with USD 1.5 billion

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Hyderabad, Jan 10 (UNI) The US-based hotel chain Hampshire Hotels and Resorts LLC (HHR) today inaugurated the group's first hotel in India, The Hampshire Plaza Hotel in the city.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy inaugurated the Hotel, a 100 room facility and first Business hotel to be launched by the group, which plans 27 hotels in 21 cities with USD 1.5 billion investment in India by 2011.

HHR plans to open its second hotel at Banjara Hills by July this year and the thrid by 2011 at Shamsabad near the upcoming Hyderabad International Airport as part of its Rs 500 crore investment in Andhra Pradesh.

Among its convenient amenities and fabulous restaurants 'Cassia and Hydrate,' the Hampshire Plaza Hotel also brings to India, the famed Bombay Palace chain of restaurants that has created waves across the world, including US, Canada, Malaysia, Hong Kong, UK and Hungary.

HHR Chairman and CEO Sant Singh Chatwal, talking to media here said the group had extremely ambitious plans for India. "I see an investment of USD 1.25 billion for India, with a total of 27 hotels in 21 cities by 2011." Its next hotel will be a super luxury brand in Kochi in Kerala.

"Aside from this we will look at opening our boutique chain of hotels in Delhi, Noida, Jaipur, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Mohali, Indore, Bhopal, Raipur, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat, Pune, Nasik, Nagpur and one more in Hyderabad. We also have plans to open our first Heritage Hotel in India at Amritsar," he added.

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