Panaji: International hospitality chain, Hilton, expanded its presence in the state on Wednesday with the unveiling of a new property, Double Tree by Hilton, in Kadamba plateau. The 160-room, five-star resort hotel, spread over a total area of five acres is the chain’s 18th property in India and second in Goa.
It marks the hospitality brand’s strengthening footprints in the Goa market as a third Hilton is in the pipeline in Candolim.
Hilton India’s senior management team from the head office at Gurugram, Haryana, came down for the unveiling. Speaking to the media, Navjit Ahluwalia, senior vice president and country head, said that, Goa is popular leisure destination for travelers from across the world and the Hilton group is “delighted to expand its presence here.”
He added that, India is a very important market for the group which is committed to India for the long-term and will continue to make significant investments in the country.
Swati Dhir, general manager, Goa, said that, the hotel is a fabulous product and with Hilton’s experience in the hospitality industry it promises to be different from other products in the market. Dhir also said that, the hotel will have total staff strength of 190 employees. A global hospitality chain, Hilton has a portfolio of 14 hotel brands of which Double Tree is one of the fastest growing brands. In Goa, the first Double Tree is in Arpora.
The hotel is a unit of Goldfinch Hotels, a part of the south based MRG Group that has interests in real estate and hospitality. K Prakash Shetty, chairman, MRG Group, said that, property was purchased about 10 years ago while the construction took about five years. Additional FAR from the town and country planning department helped in building more rooms, he said. The hotel is built at a total cost of Rs 300 crore including the cost of the land (at current price), said Shetty.
He added that, the hotel brings world class hospitality to the state with its bespoke guest experience to cater to global citizens. Considerable efforts have been taken to do up the interiors with HBA Studio, Singapore based architect firm designing the interiors, he said. Overlooking the Mandovi river, the hotel has nine suites equipped with signature amenities. It features environmentally friendly lighting with motion sensors. The resort offers 24-hour fitness center, a steam room and spa. [NT]