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Aitken Spence acquires another hotel in India

4 Nov

Aitken Spence Hotels is pleased to announce the addition of the fifth hotel to its portfolio in India. The company has taken over the management of the hill resort, Grand Palace Hotel and Spa in Yercaud, owned by MSV Hotels Pvt Ltd, on 1st October 2010.

Aitken Spence Hotels is an emerging player in the Indian hospitality industry already managing four other resorts in India –

  • Atithi –  Puducherry
  • Poovar Island Resort – on the backwaters of Kerala
  • Barefoot at Havelock –  Andaman Islands
  • Tamara  – Coimbatore

“We are happy to expand our portfolio in India with the addition of Grand Palace Hotel and Spa, situated in one of the most scenic locations in Tamil Nadu. This partnership will enable us to further consolidate our presence in South India”, stated Mr. Lakshman Ekanayake, Chief Executive Officer of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements in India.

Surrounded by misty mountains, Grand Palace Hotel is a hill resort offering an enchanting view of the Yercaud Lake on one side and the picturesque valley of Killiyur on the other.  The town has derived its name from the lake located at its center – “Yeri” meaning “lake” and “Kaadu” meaning “forest” in Tamil. This enchanting township situated close to Salem, surrounded by coffee plantations and orange groves is a very popular holiday destination.

The guest rooms at Grand Palace Hotel provide a breathtaking view of the lake or the valley and are equipped with LCD TVs, heaters and tea/coffee makers. The hotel is an ideal getaway for both honeymooners as well as holiday seekers, looking for a tranquil place to stay.

“The Orange”, multi cuisine restaurant, offers a delectable array of Tamil Nadu cuisine in addition to North Indian and Chinese dishes. The “Cloud 9” bar with its old world charm, offers the perfect ambience to relax and unwind. At the “Bliss Spa” therapists and aestheticians are at hand to bestow their expert touch to rejuvenate ones senses. The hotel is also equipped with banquet and conference facilities.

“The tourism industry in India has tremendous potential and we are glad to increase our Indian portfolio. It is evident that we were offered the management of Grand Palace and Spa as we have established our presence in India. Further we have been recognized for our ability to identify the potential in existing properties and transform them into star class, award winning hotels”, stated Mr.Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.

Aitken Spence Hotels is a part of the leisure sector of Aitken Spence PLC, a diversified conglomerate in Sri Lanka and is a pioneer and market leader in the hospitality industry. The flagship property of Aitken Spence Hotels, Heritance Kandalama was recently awarded Asia’s Responsible Tourism Award for the large scale hotel category at the ITB Asia Tourism Trade Show held in Singapore on 21 October 2010.  Asia’s Responsible Tourism Awards is organised by Wild Asia and it is the only tourism award of its kind in Asia.

It is the vision of Aitken Spence Hotels to champion sustainable tourism by developing hotels committed to sustainable practices while focusing on its commitment to corporate social responsibility initiatives and respecting and nurturing the culture in which it operates in.

Media Release – 04 November 2010

Hotel Heritance ropes in city-born DJ from Abu Dhabi for New Year bash

28 Dec

The ‘five-star’-category urban luxury resort Heritance Madurai has roped in the Madurai-born international DJ Ricky to perform in its New Year celebrations.

The celebrations would feature video DJing, which is a new concept and introduced only this month even at Abu Dhabi, according to Srinith De Silva, general manger of the hotel, which is a venture of the Chennai-based hospitality group ETL Hospitality Services.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, he said that this was the first time Heritance Madurai was organising such a New Year bash. It would feature fashion shows, games, and a dinner with a special multi cuisine buffet. All the guests would get a Rs.500-worth gift vouchers.

The stage has been set with imported equipments. An extravagant show of fireworks has also been scheduled. The celebrations would be “one-of-its-kind” in the Temple City, said Mr. De Silva.

Mr. Ricky said that the music would have a good chunk of international songs as there were many foreigners staying at Hotel Heritance. It would also feature video-mix of songs of regional languages.

While the tickets for a single person is Rs. 1,500, it is Rs. 2,900 for couples and Rs. 800 for children below 10 years. Tickets could be obtained from the Hotel.

As seen on The Hindu – 24 December 2009

Media Release – 29 December 2009

Ramada Hotel & Convention Centre – Latest Addition to Aitken Spence Hotels

21 Dec

Ramada Hotel & Convention Centre, New Delhi – The Latest Addition to Aitken Spence Hotels

Aitken Spence Hotels’ latest foray into the Indian market, takes the company to New Delhi, where a brand new property is due to open February / March 2010.

Mr. Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Hotels with Mr. Indrajit Singh Executive Director of Sartaj Hotel Apartments & Villas after signing the management agreement.

The 130-roomed, Ramada Hotel & Convention Centre will be laid out on a spectacular property spanning twelve acres, just ten minutes from the international airport on the Gurgaon airport expressway, in the famous Celebration Gardens, one of the foremost outdoor wedding locations in New Delhi.

All rooms will be well-equipped with the latest amenities, like high-speed wireless internet access, multimedia hubs and laptop safes, as well as additional features such as flat screen televisions with satellite channels and bathrooms with bathtubs. Room types will include six suites and villas, all elegantly designed in a combination of timber and Italian marble.

The hotel’s diversity of dining options will include a speciality restaurant, a coffee shop and a trendy bar. The entrance to the speciality restaurant will be via a bridge, suspended over an abundance of lush foliage, creating a luxurious ambience. For a more down-to-earth, yet splendid spread, the multi-cuisine coffee shop is open for all-day dining.

Additionally, the hotel will incorporate a fully-fledged business centre and a range of conference and banquet facilities. Situated next to the hotel, accessible by a hanging walkway, the ballroom will be able to accommodate up to two thousand guests. The hotel will also have at its disposal, two breathtaking garden locations ideal for functions with a guest-count up to another thousand.

Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels, was quoted as saying, “Aitken Spence has become renowned for our operational and strategic management strengths and it is for this reason that we were approached by the owners of the property. We are both excited and delighted to enter into this partnership to manage the Ramada Hotel & Convention Center, as we are aware that Northern India has immense potential and this will unquestionably gain us a stronger presence in the sub-continent.”

The hotel will join a network of twenty seven hotels located in Sri Lanka, India, Oman and the Maldives. Located in some of the key tourist locations the Aitken Spence chain boasts of exotic properties such as Barefoot at Havelock located on the “The Best Beach in Asia” as rated by the Time Magazine, award winning eco-friendly properties, such as Heritance Kandalama, situated in close proximity to five UNESCO world heritage sites and Desert Nights Camp, Al Wasil, Oman, rated as one of the top ten desert retreats in the world. The chain’s Heritance Tea Factory has been voted by the Independent, UK as one of the ‘Top Five Factory Hotels’ in the world and one of the best 100 places to stay in the world by the Sunday Times, UK.

The company’s unique resorts are operated under the brand Heritance and plans are afoot to launch India’s second Heritance property in 2011 with the opening of Heritance Cochin, a luxury resort with floating villas. The latest addition will join the Heritance Hotels & Resorts portfolio which already includes Heritance Kandalama, Heritance Ahungalla, Heritance Tea Factory and Heritance Madurai.

Aitken Spence Hotels is part of Aitken Spence PLC, a diversified Sri Lankan conglomerate which was recognized by Forbes as one of the most successful publicly traded companies, outside of the US, for 3 consecutive years.

Media Release – 21 December 2009