Travellers booking flights to India will have more hotel options at their disposal in cities like Udaipur and Varanasi. A Mumbai-based firm, Wadhawan Group has plans to set up nine new hotels in India in four and five-star categories.

Travellers taking flights to India will have more accommodation options to choose from in some time to come.

A Mumbai-based organisation, Wadhawan Group is all set to enter Indian hospitality sector as it plans to establish new hotels in the country. The group plans to set up nine hotels in the next five years, said Kapil Wadhawan, Chairman, Wadhawan Holdings, the holding company of the group.

All these hotels will be in four and five-star categories and will cater primarily to business and leisure vacationers who travel to India for their business tour or vacation break.

A major Indian daily reported that the Wadhawan Group has joined hands with hospitality chain Minor International to manage its hotels.

The first of its two hotels, in Mysore and Pune, will commence operations in the next two quarters. The remaining of the properties will be established in Wayanad in Kerala, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Udaipur in Rajasthan. A Wadhawan Group property will also come up in the south Indian city of Chennai. While the group’s property in Chennai will carry a brand of Anantara Resort & Spa, the Wayanad hotel will have the brand of Naladu, the report said.

Kapil Wadhawan was quoted as stating: “We will not be in a hurry. We will launch them slowly at an appropriate time. The plan is that all nine hotels will be up and running five years from now.”

India is witnessing a massive expansion in the hospitality sector, with some 15 companies planning to establish 600-odd hotels in India. Thousands of international tourists book flights to India every year in a bid to explore this ancient country. Apart from holiday travellers, India has also emerged as a business hub, attracting not only those who look for cheap tickets on flights to India but also tempting corporate travellers who seek the best of services and amenities.

However, country’s hospitality infrastructure still leaves much to be desired. Estimates put Shanghai, the second biggest city in China, higher than the entire Indian market as far as availability of organised rooms is concerned. Currently, India boasts a little over 100,000 rooms.

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