Global hospitality company Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group revealed its next moves toward expansion in India. The company planned to debut its hotel brand Radisson in Mumbai with the signing of the 112-key Radisson Mumbai Andheri MIDC.
Carlson Rezidor and GHV Hospitality India are partnering to develop the new Radisson, which Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will manage. The hotel will be added to Carlson Rezidor’s global Radisson brand portfolio of more than 200 hotels in operation and development throughout the world upon completion in 2019.
Radisson Mumbai Andheri MIDC is in MIDC, an industrial zone of Mumbai with numerous manufacturing units. The hotel is near the Mumbai International Airport and is expected to generate corporate and leisure demand due to its location. The hotel is also close to major residential and infrastructural developments, commercial buildings, retail and health care facilities.
Carlson Rezidor currently holds a portfolio of 140 hotels in operation and under development across 60 Indian cities, including 16 state capitals.
This announcement follows Carlson Rezidor’s appointment of its new president of Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, Katerina Giannouka will join the team no later than Dec. 4, 2017 and will report directly to John Kidd, CEO and COO of Carlson Hotels. Giannouka will be a member of Carlson Hotels’ executive leadership committee, where she will work with the global and Asia Pacific leadership teams to drive growth for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. In her role, she will be responsible for leading the Asia Pacific executive committee and its corporate offices in Singapore, Shanghai and Delhi.
Before joining Carlson Rezidor, Giannouka was the head of development for Asia Pacific and China for Rosewood Hotel Group. Based in Hong Kong, she spearheaded the region’s development activities for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, New World Hotels & Resorts and Pentahotels.
Prior to that, she held roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and HVS. “Asia Pacific is a key growth engine for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as we expand our presence and develop our successes,” Kidd said in a statement. “Katerina’s dynamic and energetic leadership experience, complemented with business intelligence and a tenacious work ethic, are testament to her accomplishments in Asia Pacific and EMEA. I am confident that she will propel our Asia Pacific business to greater heights.”
Giannouka graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a bachelor’s of science with first class honors in hotel and restaurant management. She is fluent in English and Greek, basic French and elementary Mandarin.