Hilton to develop 19 hotels in India in next five years

In a move to tap the growing Indian hospitality business, Hilton Worldwide plans to develop 19 hotels over the next five years in the country, of which six are expected to be operational in 2011, news agency PTI reported quoting a top company executive.

 "We are currently looking at 19 hotels in India that are in various stages of development and spread across the country in a mix of tier I, II and III cities," Hilton Worldwide President, Asia-Pacific, Martin Rinck told the agency.

He added these would have approximately 3,000 rooms of the luxury, full-and focused-service offerings type over the next 4-5 years he said.

The US-based hospitality major is expecting to launch operations of six properties during 2011, Rinck said. He added that the companies' new openings comprised four Hilton hotels, one Doubletree by Hilton, one Hilton Garden Inn and one Hampton by Hilton.

''This effectively means that we will more than double our trading estate during this calendar year.'' he said.

Hilton Worldwide currently manages three properties in India namely, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton New Delhi and the newly added Hilton Mumbai International Airport.