Vadodara: Maharashtra and Gujarat are two very important states in the western region for the blooming hospitality industry and top bosses of leading multinational hotel group AccorHotels feel excellent growth here will drive the business further. AccorHotels, in a few months’ time, is set to launch its fifth hotel in Pune - Hotel Ibis Hinjewadi.
AccorHotels has various properties under different hotel brand names like Novotel, Ibis and Formule1, in addition to Grand Mercure across India.
Speaking at the rebranding function of Vadodara’s iconic Hotel Surya Palace as the Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace, Jean-Michel Casse, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels in India and South Asia, said that the company is definitely shifting focus to tier-2 and tier-3 cities after having established themselves in all top destinations and cities in India.
The General Manager of Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace, Rajesh Gopalkrishnan, said Maharashtra and Gujarat are two strong pillars in the western region of India.
“We have a strong presence in the western region. In Maharashtra, we have four properties in Pune, five in Mumbai, two in Nashik and one in Lavasa. We are focusing on major expansion in Maharashtra. Even in Gujarat, the ease of doing business is as important as good infrastructure, roads, schools and a strong support mechanism. The USP here is the Mumbai-Delhi corridor which is good for connectivity,” he said on the sidelines of the event in Vadodara recently.
Casse said the brand Grand Mercure believes in customisation of the hotel according to local traditions, which is why the popular Surya Palace fitted well in their plans. They will be taking over the managerial part from Piyush Shah, Managing Director of Jindal Hotels Ltd, who owns the hotel.
“Grand Mercure allows your to develop a hotel without breaking the soul of the hotel. This is the third Grand Mercure in the country after Bengaluru and Mysuru. AccorHotels has covered 18 cities and in other second and third tier cities, we would want to step in as well,” Casse said. This is AccorHotel’s 48th property in the country in addition to more than 20 that are in pipeline.