Hyatt announces plans for Grand Hyatt Kochi

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Kochi: US based Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that Hyatt affiliates signed management agreements for a Grand Hyatt hotel in Kochi, bringing the total number of announced Hyatt-branded hotels under development in India to 56. Grand Hyatt Kochi, will be located on Bolgatty Island in Kochi and is expected to open in 2017 first quarter.

In a release, Ratnesh Verma, Sr. VP – Real Estate & Development, Asia Pacific for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts said, “We are focused on creating preference by enhancing distribution of our full-service, extended-stay and select service brands in both new and established markets in India where our guests are increasingly travelling. Creating a strong presence for our complete brand portfolio in India is critical to Hyatt’s leadership in the global hospitality sector.”

Mark Hoplamazian, President & CEO said, “The new agreements being announced today, along with the previously announced properties under development, demonstrate growing confidence among owners and developers in the strength of Hyatt-branded hotels in India.”

Grand Hyatt Kochi will feature 250 guestrooms and amenities including a three-meal multi -cuisine restaurant, two specialty restaurants, a bar and lobby lounge, a 10-treatment room spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, and Grand Club lounge. The hotel will also offer more than 60,000 sq ft of meeting and event space, including a 26,000 sq ft ballroom.

Grand Hyatt Kochi will be in close proximity to many key areas of the city, including Ernakulam, the main commercial district; Fort Kochi, the main tourist centre of the city; Willingdon Island, which houses Kochi Port, the Kochi Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the Naval Air Base; and the International Container Transhipment Terminal, one of the largest container terminals in India.

Hyatt plans to open three new hotels in India in the remainder of 2012 across its Park Hyatt and Hyatt Place brands, including Park Hyatt Chennai, Hyatt Place Hampi and Hyatt Place Pune, Hinjewadi.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. As of March 31, 2012, the Company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 488 properties in 45 countries.

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