Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts partners Preferred hotel Gp

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Mumbai, Jun 18 (UNI) The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has signed a sales and marketing agreement with US-based Preferred Hotel Group, which was a global leader in the hospitality industry, providing reservations, sales and marketing services to more than 600 independent hotels and resorts in over 65 countries.

President of The Leela Palaces, Hotels&Resorts, Onno Poortier said, ''USA is the largest source market for The Leela, and this alliance will strengthen our brand positioning, awareness and market penetration.'' The Leela Group is aggressively expanding its pan India presence in key cities in the next four years. This strategic alliance will provide The Leela extensive access to four of the largest consortias - Ammex, CWT, BCD and Hogg Robinson, PHG's Airlines and Credit Card partnerships as well as drive international sales through the 29 Global Sales Offices (GSOs) of Preferred Hotel Group, he added.

Confirming the alliance, John Ueberroth, CEO, The Preferred Hotel Group said, ''I have a deep appreciation for India and have visited the country many times throughout my career. We are proud to partner with The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts because we complement one another in several key areas - strong leadership, dedication to growth in key strategic locations and vision for a new standard of luxury in India.'' Hotel Leelaventure Ltd owned and operated by The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts in Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa and in Kovalam (Kerala); have new developments in Gurgaon (opens Nov 2008) and Udaipur (opens Jan 2009), Chennai (opens 2009), New Delhi (opens 2010), Hyderabad and Pune (opens 2011) and already have marketing alliance with Kempinski (Hoteliers since 1897) and are members of Global Hotel Alliance headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.


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