STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Kolkata, 16 September
ITC Hotels has tied up with RP Group Hotels & Resorts to manage 5 hotels in India and Dubai, under ITC Hotels’ 5-star ‘WelcomHotel’ brand and the group&’s mid-market to upscale ‘Fortune’ brand.
Nestled in the secluded backwaters of the Arabian Sea near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala is the five-star deluxe, WelcomHotel Raviz Resort & Ayurveda Centre Kollam, a blend of modern architecture, and traditional designs. The hotel has 3 luxury houseboats and 93 rooms and suites, according to company sources.
Designed to reflect the architectural splendour of the mystical Malabar region, the WelcomHotel Raviz Resort & Ayurveda Centre Kadavu, a five star resort on the banks of the Chalayar river in Calicut, is set amid a sprawling 10-acre coconut grove. It houses the Kadavu Ayurvedic Centre. In addition to state-of-the-art technology and best in class services, these hotels showcase the rich and diverse culinary offerings from different regions within Kerala.
In addition, on the anvil is Fortune Raviz Calicut and two Fortune Raviz hotels in Dubai. Both Kerala and Dubai possess immense tourism potential as significant inbound and outbound destinations, for the country, the company says.
The tie-up has been firmed up through a memorandum of understanding between ITC Hotels and RP Groups Hotels & Resorts. While the two WelcomHotels are already under a management contract and will be flagged off immediately, the three Fortune hotels are a part of the signed MoU and will be launched subsequently.
As part of its expansion drive, ITC Hotels proposes to add several managed hotels to its brand portfolio. The company has four brands in the hotels sector.
On the anvil are an ITC super-premium luxury hotel in Mahabalipuram, a WelcomHotel in Jodhpur, Patna and Chandigarh, and more than 30 hotels under the Fortune brand.
Owned by West Asia based businessman, Mr Ravi Pillai, RP Group, is one of the largest engineering, procurement and construction conglomerates, with presence in key markets in West Asia, Australia and Africa.