Indian Hotels Company plans to open 15 new hotels and add nearly three times as many rooms to its portfolio in the current fiscal under its new chief executive Rakesh Sarna as it did last year. This will make the company the country's largest hotel chain, increasing total room numbers to 17,492 across 146 properties under Taj, Vivanta by Taj, Gateway and Ginger brands. The company owns the Taj Group of Hotels & Resorts.
Sarna took over the reins at IHCL in September last year. Executives privy to the plans said the hotel chain will add 1,747 new rooms in 2015-16 in India and overseas, compared to 605 rooms last year. Of these, it has already opened 461 rooms in properties including the Taj, Dubai and Ginger hotels in Thane and Tirupati.
The chain signed management contracts for a Taj hotel with Bangalore International Airport and three Gateway hotels at Zirakpur, Dehradun and Wayanad. Other hotels to open this year include Taj hotel at Santacruz, Mumbai, and at BIAL, Bengaluru; two Vivanta by Taj hotels at Guwahati and Amritsar; two Gateway hotels at Hinjewadi and Pune, and a resort at Jim Corbett National Park.