Carlson had had another string quarter of signings in Asia Pacific, particularly in India.
A quarter of all new hotel deals in India signed in Q2, 2013, were by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as the company continues its significant expansion on the Sub Continent.
“Carlson Rezidor Asia-Pacific closed the second quarter of 2013 on a strong note, especially in the key market of India, where 25% of all the deals signed in Q2 were for Carlson Rezidor hotels according to Horwarth’s Q2 Hotel Deal Signing Report,” says Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s President of Asia Pacific, Simon Barlow.
The company also signed deals in Indonesia and China in the second quarter, strengthening Carlson’s presence in Asia-Pacific.
The new hotels will be branded under the Radisson Blu, Radisson and Country Inns and Suites By Carlson flags.
Barlow said the deals strengthen Carlson Rezidor’s presence in gateway cities like Shanghai, as well as emerging cities and leisure destinations such Noida and Gorai Island in India.
The signings also include a hotel in the holiday destination of Batam, marking Carlson Rezidor’s entry into the Indonesian market.
“These seven new deals place us in good stead as we build our portfolio in Indonesia, grow our presence in China and reinforce our leadership position in India,” Barlow said.
“We are continuing to take the lead in India and expect to open eight more new hotels in India before year end.”
These latest deals bring Carlson Rezidor’s Asia Pacific portfolio to 91 hotels in operation and 65 in development.
Carlson’s new deals in Q2 2013
Radisson Blu Mumbai Essel World is a 200-key hotel next to Essel World Theme Park, the largest amusement park in India and the largest water-themed park in Asia, located on Gorai Island. Essel World welcomed 1.8 million visitors in 2010 and Gorai is well-established as a weekend getaway destination as well as a top venue for MICE events. The hotel is close to Mumbai International Airport and also accessible by ferry and via the Gorai-Borivali Highway, which connects Gorai to the rest of Mumbai. Radisson Blu Mumbai Essel World is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Country Inns and Suites By Carlson Kota is an 84-key hotel located in Rajasthan, close to the Kota Industrial Area, Maharao Madho Singh Museum, Sawan Phuhar Water Park and Kota Railway Station. Kota is known for its textile, handicraft and limestone industries. It is one of the largest cities in Rajasthan, which is a major tourist destination famed for its natural beauty and architectural heritage, which includes temples, forts and palaces. Country Inns and Suites By Carlson Kota is expected to open in the second quarter of 2016.
Country Inns and Suites By Carlson Raipur is an 87-key hotel located on National Highway 6 in Chhattisgarh, a state that attracts tourists to its scenic waterfalls, hot springs, wildlife parks, archaeological sites, temples and palaces. The hotel is close to Raipur Junction Railway Station and Swami Vivekananda Airport, as well as Siltara Industrial Park; the 334-hectare Uria Industrial Area, which houses over 400 enterprises; and Bhilai steel plant, the largest steel plant in India. Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Raipur is expected to open in the third quarter of 2016.
Country Inns and Suites By Carlson Noida Extension is a 100-key hotel located in Tech Zone IV of Greater Noida. The hotel is close to the Noida Export Processing Zone, Logix Techno Park, India Exposition Mart, Okhla Industrial Area, the Pragati Maidan exhibition and convention center and the Formula 1 India Grand Prix circuit. Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Noida Extension is expected to open in the third quarter of 2016, adding to Carlson Rezidor’s presence in the area, which is also served by Radisson Blu Hotel Noida, Radisson Blu Hotel Greater Noida and Park Plaza Noida.
Radisson Shanghai Qingpu is a 200-key hotel located in Huaxin Town, close to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Xijiao International Agricultural Product Trade Center and the Formula 1 China Grand Prix circuit. Radisson Shanghai Qingpu is part of a mixed-use development that will also have commercial spaces, offices, high-end residential units, a shopping mall and riverside food and beverage outlets. The hotel is expected to open in the third quarter of 2013.
Radisson Shanghai Pudong Jinqiao is a 250-key hotel in the heart of the Shanghai Pudong Jinqiao Export Processing Zone, where more than 80 Fortune 500 companies are located. The hotel is part of mixed-use development that will also house commercial spaces, high-end residential units, as well as entertainment and retail establishments. Radisson Shanghai Pudong Jinqiao is expected to open in the third quarter of 2013.
Radisson Batam is a 222-key hotel located on the Indonesian island of Batam, which is a popular leisure destination for Singaporeans as it lies just 20km from Singapore’s southern coast and is well served by ferry connections. The hotel is part of Bukit Indah Sukajadi, a 220-ha development with an 18-hole golf course, 1,700 residential units, offices and commercial and retail spaces. It is also close to Nagoya town, Batam Center, which is a hub for corporate and government offices, and Muka Kuning Batamindo industrial park. Radisson Batam is expected to open in the second half of 2015.
Upcoming India hotel openings
In addition to the new deals, Carlson Rezidor is on track to maintain its momentum in India, with eight hotels slated to open in the next two quarters.
The properties are:
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore (Dec)
Radisson Blu Hotel Guwahati (Dec)
Park Inn by Radisson New Delhi IP Extension (Nov)
Park Inn by Radisson Gurgaon Bilaspur (Nov)
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Bhatinda (Sep)
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Meerut (Oct)
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand (Dec)
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Kandla (Dec)