DLF-Hilton announces seven new hotel developments in India

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Mumbai, Apr 1 (UNI) DLF and Hilton Hotels Corporation in India today announced they have signed management agreements involving development of seven new hotels in the pipeline.

This marks second stage in the DLF-Hilton Joint Venture Company's overall strategic development plans to build and develop 75 hotels in India in the next five to seven years.

The new projects named today will bring the total number of new hotels under this DLF-Hilton alliance to 16, comprising 3500 rooms.

All these 16 projects are in various stages of development and construction.

''The relationship between DLF and Hilton is yielding great results and we are on track to achieve our strategic goal of creating a Pan-India presence in hospitality sector,'' DLF Hilton Hotels Limited CEO Lenny Menezes said in a release.

''Through our Hilton Family of brands we are targeting the different needs of business and leisure travelers in India, across the price points. Our alliance with DLF intends to announce more new hotel projects in India in near future,'' Hilton Hotels Asia Pacific President Koos Klein said in the release.

The DLF Hotel Holdings Limited Managing Director Shakti Singh said, ''The execution of these seven new management agreements with Hilton is a major step in the overall DLF strategy to rapidly scale up DLF presence in the hospitality sector to 25000 hotel rooms in the next five to seven years.'' The new developments in Kerala and Chennai reflect the growing demand for quality accommodations in South India, where IT and tourism industries are rapidly growing. Moreover, Hilton Residences and Homewood Suites by Hilton are well positioned to cater the burgeoning need for extended stay products.

The Hilton Dwarka, Hilton Garden Inn Dwarka and Homewood Suites by Hilton Dwarka are planned to provide 800 hotel rooms located at International Convention Centre complex in Dwarka (New Delhi), which will spread nearly two million sq ft of development, including international convention and exhibition centre facilities, and premium commercial facilities.

The 100-room Hilton Residences Kolkata is planned to be located in the Central Business District in Kolkata and is intended to complement the Hilton Kolkata (a project that was announced in May 2007) by offering long-stay residents a full service Hilton experience in an apartment setting.

The Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum is planned to be located less than five kilometres from Trivandrum's Technopark. When completed this focused service hotel will be eight kilometers from the existing airport and accessible from three main road routes connecting guests to the north, west and east of the city.

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