St Regis de­buts in In­dia

The erst­while Pal­la­dium Ho­tel in Mum­bai’s Lower Parel area has be­come the first ho­tel to fly the St. Regis flag in In­dia af­ter ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment and re­brand­ing.

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St. Regis Ho­tels & Re­sorts, part of Star­wood Ho­tels & Re­sorts World­wide, has made its de­but in In­dia with the highly an­tic­i­pated St. Regis Mum­bai on Septem­ber 1, 2015. Owned by Pal­lazzio Ho­tels & Leisure, the erst­while Pal­la­dium Ho­tel un­der­went ex­ten­sive re­brand­ing and now flies the St. Regis flag, bring­ing be­spoke lux­ury and re­fined el­e­gance to the city of Mum­bai.

Lo­cated in Lower Parel, the ho­tel com­bines time­less so­phis­ti­ca­tion with mod­ern lux­ury and is a be­fit­ting de­but for the St. Regis brand in this fast grow­ing mar­ket. Anu­raag Bhat­na­gar, Area Gen­eral Man­ager, In­dia, Star­wood Ho­tels & Re­sorts World­wide, said, “We are glad to bring the St. Regis brand to In­dia. This is an ex­tremely im­por­tant mar­ket and it is now that we have suc­cess­fully found the right part­ner and the right project to in­tro­duce our sev­enth brand in the coun­try. Lux­ury makes up 15 per cent of Star­wood’s to­tal pipe­line, and 90 per cent of its fu­ture lux­ury ho­tels, will open in emerg­ing mar­kets such as In­dia. We are op­ti­mistic about the growth of the hos­pi­tal­ity industry go­ing for­ward and be­lieve that the time is per­fect for the en­try of The St. Regis as the In­dian lux­ury trav­ellers to­day are much more knowl­edge­able and ad­ven­tur­ous and we are sure that we will meet their ex­pec­ta­tions with our ex­quis­ite brand of­fer­ings.”

Speak­ing about in­tro­duc­ing other Star­wood brands to In­dia, Bhat­na­gar said that the ho­tel com­pany is on the cusp of a new golden age of lux­ury travel as tech­nol­ogy and glob­al­i­sa­tion drive new trade routes, cap­i­tal flows and wealth cre­ation. “As do­mes­tic travel in­creases and In­dian trav­ellers con­tinue to de­mand more so­phis­ti­ca­tion in terms of both qual­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence, we have sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity to grow our brands across the spec­trum in gate­way ci­ties as well as in re­sort des­ti­na­tions. One of the great­est suc­cesses for Star­wood has been to do more deals with our ex­ist­ing own­ers and de­vel­op­ers. Our mantra for de­vel­op­ment has al­ways been, ‘right lo­ca­tion, right prod­uct, right part­ner’. We at Star­wood are al­ways open to the apt op­por­tu­ni­ties by part­ner­ing with the right own­ers; Star­wood has been able to demon­strate much more ro­bust growth than our com­peti­tors. Hav­ing been in In­dia for al­most 40 years, we ex­pect to be in In­dia for the next 40 and are not strangers in this coun­try that many of our com­peti­tors are,” he said.

Anu­raag Bhat­na­gar

Area Gen­eral Man­ager, In­dia, Star­wood Ho­tels & Re­sorts World­wide

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