Mumbai: Global hospitality majors are eyeing Indian hospitality market. Few bigger players of the industry have announced their plans to enter India. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group on April 2 said it is considering to bring its high-end lifestyle brand 'Hotel Missoni' in India as it looks to expand presence in the country. 

Now, US-headquartered Worldhotels, which provides sales, marketing and technology services to hotels, is aiming to develop 10 hotels in India by next year.
        
"We are looking at expanding our portfolio in India and are planning to develop 10 hotels by next year," Worldhotels Regional Director Business Development, Indian Subcontinent & Maldives Naresh Chandnani told here.
        
The hotels will be developed under 'Worldhotel' brand as a part of company's newly launched brand license programme across the globe.
        
"In India, our focus will be mainly to expand in the branded hotels," he said.
        
Worldhotels currently provides its services to 10 hotel properties in India, including the two Claridges hotels in Delhi and NCR, the Sahara Star in Mumbai and Amby Valley in Pune.
        
Out of these 10 hotels, 4-5 are branded and the rest are affiliations, with a 50:50 mix of five star and four star properties.
        
"Going forward, we would like to maintain this mix," he added.
        
The company has already tied-up for a 75-room property in Chandigarh and is holding talks with hotel owners in cities like Pune and Hyderabad as a part of the plan to create an inventory upwards of 2,000 rooms by next year, Worldhotels, Asia Pacific Vice President Roland Jegge said.
        
At present, the company is focusing in Hyderabad, Pune and Coimbatore and is also scouting for opportunities in Kolkata and Bangalore, he said.
       
With the targeted portfolio expansion, India is likely to contribute five percent to Worldhotels global sales by 2014, compared to about two percent at present, he said.
        
The company mainly targets business and leisure travellers, conferences and incentive organisers, corporate travel managers and travel agents.
        
Worldhotels generates two million room nights at a rate of USD 200 per night from bookings made through its channel, he said.
        
Asia Pacific as a region contributes about 20 percent to the company's total sales.
        
Worldhotels is present in 250 destinations in 65 countries globally and has 450 affiliate properties in its portfolio at present.


(JPN/Agencies)