last week signed an agreement with Empee Hotels, part of the Empee Group, to manage and operate a luxury hotel in Chennai. Developed by Empee Hotels the hotel is located just 15 minutes from Chennai Airport. Scheduled to open in December 2007, the 253-room Hilton Chennai will feature several fine dining restaurants, a destination bar, a swimming pool, a health club, four conference rooms, a ballroom and a business centre. Wimberley Allison Tong & Goo will design the landmark property blending Indo-Saracenic architectural style with state-of-the-art facilities.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Chennai, President for Hilton International Middle East and Asia Pacific, Mr. Koos Klein said, “Chennai’s hotel industry is shaping up to be one of the most dynamic in India, with occupancy levels at the top end of the market posting very strong gains. As the powerhouse behind India’s automotive industry and with its growing IT sector, the outlook for this market is very positive.
“We are delighted to partner the Empee Group, a company that has a comprehensive knowledge of the hotel industry gained through first hand experience in operating hotels and an active role with the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India.”
“This is a strong addition to our eight hotels already established in India and the three other properties now under development.” he added.