New Delhi: Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts has been awarded the coveted “Fastest Growing hotel Chain In India” award at the Today’s Traveller Awards 2012 at a star-studded gala awards’ ceremony held at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi.
Hosted by GIC Pvt Ltd, a reputed publishing house that brings out travel and leisure magazines of international standards, the Today Traveller Awards are prestigious industry awards. Today’s Traveller magazine is read by the industry doyens and is held in high regard by the hospitality industry. The awards honor the valuable contribution made to the industry by key players. A special team of Jurors are empanelled, who follow a stringent process to review all entries and their performance before declaring the winners.
Mr. Subodh Kant Sahai, the Honourable Minister for Tourism, Government of India, presided as the Chief Guest at the award ceremony and Mr. Ramesh Sippy, noted filmmaker, was the Celebrity Guest. Mr. Nikhil Manchharam, Vice President Acquisitions & Development ,South Asia, Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts Pte Ltd received the award from the Honourable Tourism Minister Mr. Subodh Kant Sahai.
One of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc is on an expansion spree in India. It presently operates 34 hotels in India and has 24 under development. With a goal to have 100 hotels operating, under development or management contracts signed by 2015, Starwood is comfortably poised to lengthen its lead. India is Starwood’s fourth largest market and will soon become its 3rd. With the debut of W Hotels and St Regis which are currently under development, 8 of Starwood’s 9 distinct and compelling brands will be present in India.
Speaking on the occasion Nikhil Manchharam Vice President Acquisitions & Development, South Asia, Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts Pte Ltd said, “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award. The award is recognition of our efforts and a reinstatement of our commitment to the Region. Today we have a strong footprint and a robust pipeline and are confident of the opportunities that lie for our distinctly positioned nine lifestyle brands which are resonating well with the Indian traveler.”
Starwood is the largest international hotel chain in luxury/upscale category in India and the second largest overall with the highest pipeline conversion to operating hotel record.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,112 properties in nearly 100 countries and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and ElementSM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
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