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Wednesday, 25 January, 2012, 15 : 00 PM [IST]

Starwood signs agreement for first property in Chennai

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide recently signed The Westin Chennai Velachery, the first property in Chennai franchised under the Westin Hotels and Resorts brand. Owned by Dr P Mohamed Ali under Mfar Hotels and Resorts Limited, The Westin Chennai Velachery will be a 215-room new-build Westin scheduled to open later this year, and will be designed to cater to leisure as well as business travellers.

“The Westin Chennai Velachery is a significant addition to our portfolio. We will continue to explore opportunities to further strengthen our footprint as the brand gathers increased traction from our owners, partners and guests,” said Dilip Puri, MD - India and Regional Vice President - South Asia, Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels and Resorts.

The property will also feature four food and beverage venues, including an all day diner, a specialty restaurant, a bar and a poolside restaurant. In addition, Westin Workout, a pool and a Heavenly Spa by Westin will be available. It will feature a 12,600 square feet meeting and functions space, internet access and audio-visual technology.

“India remains an under-supplied market as far as hotels are concerned, and Starwood sees huge potential and growth opportunity in the country.  Demand for high-end lodging in India is expected to continue to exceed current supply. The country is rapidly expanding its infrastructure, especially in its second and third tier cities and tourism growth is estimated to grow substantially. These are fertile conditions for the growth of all of our class brands” said Vasant Prabhu, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Mfar Hotels and Resorts also own the Le Meridien Kochi which is managed by Starwood. “After a successful partnership for the Le Meridien Kochi, we are delighted to partner with Starwood Hotels and Resorts for our second hospitality project, The Westin Chennai Velachery. We are extremely excited and will continue to look at opportunities for new projects in hospitality both in domestic and international markets with Starwood Hotels and Resorts,” said Dr P Mohamed Ali, Managing Director, Mfar Hotels and Resorts.
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