WelcomHeritage that operates a chain of heritage hotels in India is all set to foray into Orissa by the end of this year. The group that currently runs 63 properties in 20 states across India plans to expand its footprint by adding 7 hotels to its network in the next couple of months. The upcoming properties will be a mix of franchise and management contracts.
Rakesh Mathur, President, WelcomHeritage said, “We are in discussion with property owners in West Bengal, Varanasi and Orissa. However, West Bengal is our major focus area and we are looking for properties in North Bengal, Darjeeling, Sundarban and the tea estates. In addition, we will have our maiden property in Orissa in a couple of months.”
Some of its key properties include Fernhills Palace (Ooty), Palace Belvedere (Nainital), Panjim Inn (Panjim), Woodville Palace (Shimla), Kasmanda Palace (Mussourie), Solang Valley Resort (Manali) among others. Each property is equipped with modern amenities like gym/health club, business centre, tea /coffee maker, direct dialing, mini bar, laundry and others.
WelcomeHeritage, a joint venture between ITC Hotels Ltd. and The Maharaja of Jodhpur, Marudhar Hotels actively involves in the restoration of heritage properties.