Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is planning to add 38 new hotels in India and increase the employee strength by over 9,000 by 2015.
“We are aspiring to have 100 hotels in India by 2015, and currently we have 62 hotels in operation,” K.B. Kachru, Executive Vice-President of South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, told PTI.
As part of the expansion scheme, there are more than 5,000 rooms under development, he said.
Currently, the company is mostly looking for management contract in the country. However, the hospitality group expects to have an equal number of properties under the franchise and management contract models by 2015.
This expansion will mainly be in major gateway cities and up-and-coming leisure destinations, he said.
“We are fortunate to have brands catering to a wide range of market segments.... We hope to further establish our presence and extend our network of hotels to locations where our customers want to be, in major gateway cities and up-and-coming leisure destinations.”
At present, the group has more than 14,000 employees across 62 hotels in India.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has four hospitality brands in India: Radisson Blu, Park Plaza, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson and Park Inn by Radisson.
“The anticipated hiring over staggered period depends on hotels’ opening dates from now to 2015. We estimate a requirement of over 9,000 employees as we continue to progress towards our Ambition 2015, where we aspire to have 100 operating hotels in South Asia,” he said.
When asked if the group is planning to bring its Hotel Missoni brand to India, Kachru said that it will continue to explore opportunities.
“Globally, we have six brands, of which all are represented in India except Hotel Missoni. We will keep exploring opportunities to establish Hotel Missoni in India.
However, it has to be the right fit for the brand in terms of product and location,” he said.