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Le Meridien plans to open 5 new hotels in India

business Updated: May 22, 2009 14:18 IST

Le Meridien, the French hotel brand, plans to open five new hotels in India in the next three to five years, a top company official said.

"We are looking at setting up five new properties of hotels and resorts in India adding around 1,000 rooms capacity over the next three to five years," Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels Regional Vice President, Don Elliot, told PTI on the sidelines of a conference here.

The company is negotiating with its partners and these properties will be set up in Tier I and Tier II cities, Elliot said.

Le Meridien hotel brand currently has a presence with eight hotels in India which includes properties at Ahmedabad, Cochin, Jaipur, New Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.

Le Meridien, currently represented by 105 properties in 50 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc in 2005.

With close to 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific, Le Meridien provides a strong international complement to Starwood's primarily North American holdings.

Le Meridien recently opened new hotels in Bangkok, Chian Mai, Chiang Rai and Shimei Bay in China, and will open in Dallas and Philadelphia in the coming months.

It has also signed new hotel deals in Taipei, Xiamen, Chongqing Nan'an and Qingdao in China.