Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, a leading hospitality and leisure player, has planned an expansion in the Indian market. The chain has plans of setting up eight new hotels in India. The Thailand-based hotel group will be setting up the hotels within a span of the next five years. The announcement regarding this plan was made on October 27, 2009.
Marion Walsh, Anantara's Group Director of Public Relations, said that they will set up their first hotel at Mahabalipuram, near Chennai, by 2011 and were also planning to set up hotels in Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala. She added that they would build luxury hotels to attract Indian as well as foreign tourists. Presently, Anantara group has its operation across Asia and the Middle East, including Vietnam, Bali, Phuket and Dubai.
The Anantara group started in 2001, with the launch of their first resort in Thailand's historic seaside resort enclave - Hua Hin. In 2006, the group went global, with the launch of Anantara Maldives. It now plans to set up 40 more hotels across the globe, in the next five years. Its first four hotels in this expansion will come up in the Maldives, China, Oman and Thailand, by 2010.