The NYSE-listed Hyatt Hotels Corporation will be adding approximately 950 guest rooms across six new hotels in the country in 2012. The global hospitality chain currently owns hotels under the Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt banner and the new launches will be under Park Hyatt, Hyatt and Hyatt Place brands.

The new hotels will be operated under Park Hyatt Hyderabad (209-room with 42 serviced apartments), Park Hyatt Chennai (204-room), Hyatt Raipur (104-room), Hyatt Place Hampi (116-room), Hyatt Place Pune, Hinjewadi (117-room) and Hyatt Place Bangalore, Whitefield (200-room). Once operational, Hyatt’s India portfolio of operational hotels will go up to 14 hotels — from 8 hotels — taking the total number of guest rooms to 3,639 rooms from 2,989 earlier.

In a related development, Hyatt will be introducing a new extended-stay brand in India christened Hyatt House and a management agreement has already been signed in North Mumbai to this effect.

Steve Haggerty, global head of real estate and development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, said, “The introduction of Hyatt House in India, combined with our decision to make India the first location outside the US for our Hyatt Place brand, reflects our commitment to offering our extended-stay and select-service brands in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets.”

In addition to Hyatt House Mumbai, the hotel major has also signed new agreements for five additional Hyatt brands viz. two Andaz hotels in Jaipur and Delhi; one Hyatt hotel in Raipur; 14 Hyatt Place hotels in Chakan, Delhi, Gurgaon (2), Goa, Hampi, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Mohali, Munnar, Nashik, Sriperumbudur, and Thiruvananthapuram; three Hyatt Regency hotels in Raipur, Hyderabad and Neemrana and two Park Hyatt hotels in Delhi and Jaipur. With this, the total number of announced Hyatt-branded hotels under development stands at 53. The hotel chain currently has eight operational properties with 2,689 guest rooms under Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt

brands. On the upcoming Hyatt House concept, company officials said it was unveiled in September 2011 and is rooted in extensive consumer research and offers casual hospitality in a smartly designed, high-tech and contemporary environment.

Located near Mumbai’s vital commercial and industrial districts and within close proximity of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, the hotel will feature 170 guestrooms, a multi-cuisine restaurant and bar, and meeting rooms, as well as business and fitness centres and a swimming pool. “We are leveraging our more than 30-year experience in India to become the most preferred hospitality brand for a growing number of affluent, domestic travellers within the country. Guests will soon be able to enjoy our full portfolio of brands in many of India’s most popular business and leisure markets,” Haggerty added.

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