Preparing for growing demand in the country, Hyatt Hotels is planning to add almost 1,000 guestrooms in India in 2019.
The company reportedly has about 7,000 guestrooms across 28 hotels across the country. Over the coming year, the number is set to increase to more than 7,900 rooms in 32 hotels.
“The hotel industry is in a very interesting state,” Sunjae Sharma, VP of India operations, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts told The Hindu newspaper, noting this past year has been “very good” for the company. “From a global perspective, India is third only to the U.S. and China in our pipeline, so Hyatt has big plans for India,” he said.
Sharma said the growth in infrastructure also was driving industry growth in second-tier cities as “businesses are expanding to these cities and tourism is picking up, [too].”
In 2019, the company will open several new properties, including Hyatt Regency Kochi Malayattoor (100 rooms), Grand Hyatt Gurgaon (442 rooms), Hyatt Centric Candolim Goa (167 rooms), Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort (89 rooms) and Hyatt Regency Jaipur Mansarovar (250 rooms).
Hyatt's recent acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality also will bring in the Alila Bishangarh and Alila Goa to its Indian portfolio, Sharma added. “Growth is going to be very significant next year.”