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Le Meridien aims to have 15 hotels in India by 2005

Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts have set a target of opening 15 properties in India by…

Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts have set a target of opening 15 properties in India by the year 2005, and asked the Government to further liberalise the aviation sector to boost the country`s tourism industry.



We will have at least 15 hotels in the country by 2005, becoming the largest international chain of hotels and resorts in India. This leaves our nearest competitors way behind us, Ashok Ummat, Senior Vice President (finance and development), Middle East and West Asia, told PTI yesterday after the launch of Le Meridien, Jaipur.



We have immense faith in India`s strong economic fundamentals indicative of growing prosperity. The number of business as well as casual visitors to the country is showing steady increase, he said.



India`s tourism industry is poised to take a big leap, Ummat added.



The Government must bring a real `open sky` policy to boost the inflow of tourists into the country. There is enough potential to increase the number of airline passenger arrivals by 300 per cent, he said, adding that would augment India`s forex reserves and improve its business image globally.



The Indian subcontinent is one of the prime regions for the growth and development of our brand. The addition of Le Meridien, Jaipur, to our portfoliio is very much in line with our endeavour to double the number of properties in this region by the end of 2004,
he said.

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