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Wadhwa Developers Signs Langham Hotels International to Operate
180 room Langham Place Koregaon Park in Pune, India

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September 2008 - Langham Hotels International (LHI) brings its highly successful brand to India for the first time with the signing of the management contract with Wadhwa Developers for Langham Place Koregaon Park, Pune, India.

This move marks the start of LHI’s plans to expand along the new Silk Road of China, India and the Middle East. 

“Planting our first flag in India is a significant milestone. We’re delighted to partner with Wadhwa Developers who have seen an exciting niche in Pune,”said Dr KS Lo, Chairman of Langham Hotels International.

Scheduled to open in early 2010, Langham Place Koregaon Park, Pune will comprise of 180 contemporary guestrooms, featuring the latest technology to support connected lifestyles. Langham Place Koregaon Park will blend with the city’s reputation as the technological and academic hub of India. 

The property will feature an expansive atrium with eye-catching transparent walls seamlessly merging indoors with the outdoor environment. In keeping with its sense of modern living, the centerpiece of the atrium will be a DJ booth overlooking the lobby with a resident DJ setting the mood of the hotel with stylish mixes. 

India’s First Chuan Spa
The hotel will feature India’s first Chuan Spa, bringing a signature range of pampering spa treatments based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Stylish and serene surroundings accompanied with oriental hotel tubs, ice caves, herbal steam rooms, singles and couples treatment suites and an infinity edge indoor & outdoor swimming pool. Chuan Residences are also incorporated, featuring infinity baths to complement the Spa rituals.

Leisure & Dining 
Langham Place Koregaon Park, Pune will be the perfect place to meet, work and play as the restaurants become destinations in their own right. The hotel will introduce the innovative hybrid concept of Portal Work and Play. By combining a lobby lounge, cocktail bar and business center, Portal is where work and play seamlessly intertwine to meet the needs of today’s multi-tasking world. 

Dining will include a truly authentic Chinese restaurant, featuring the culinary heritage of northern China, and an Indian Tapas tea lounge concept. This fresh and fun outlet will serve traditional Indian snack cuisine with a modern twist. For all-day dining, The Place Theatre Brasserie will feature the cuisines of India and South East Asia. 

Meetings & Events
The property will host Pune’s key corporate and private events with a dedicated spacious ballroom. Combined with a number of smaller function rooms, the hotel will offer the latest in event management facilities.

“Pune is one of India’s Silicon Valleys and it’s where the academic brains behind the Indian technology boom are located. However, this vibrant city has lacked a five star brand that reflects 21st century living through design, technology and attitude, hence our partnership with Langham Hotels International,” said Mr. Sanjay Chhabria, Director of Wadhwa Developers.

India’s GDP is set to double by 2020 as trade between China, the Middle East and India continues to grow. The new Silk Road will emerge as a formidable corridor for global commerce, fuelling the demand for business and leisure travellers and filling five-star hotel rooms.

“Our location in the heart of the city at Koregaon Park will give us the best addresses in town from which guests can do business,” Mr. Chhabria added.

About Langham Hotels International
Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when The Langham in London originally opened as Europe’s first Grand Hotel.  For over 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality.  Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses creating a truly unique hotel experience. 

The group is pursuing an aggressive portfolio growth strategy using its distinctive brands – The Langham, Langham Place and Eaton. Currently, 17 hotels are open or in the pipeline in the Langham Hotels International portfolio.

Six hotels on four continents are branded The Langham where guests can enjoy service with poise and be enchanted by our innovation and traditions while Langham Place, the fun sibling of The Langham, is the epitome of stimulating and artistic hospitality. Eaton, a premium four-star property, aims to surprise and delight our guests with a value-for-money proposition that delivers a stylish, modern level of comfort with spirited, can-do service.

Langham Hotels International is a wholly-owned company of Great Eagle Holdings (Stock Code: 0041) which was founded in 1963 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972. 

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Contact:

Langham Hotels International
www.langhamhotels.com
 

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Also See: Starwood Signs Management Agreements to Operate Westin Hotels in Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata, India / November 2007
Hindustan Construction Company Ltd. Selects Accor as the Operator for the First Two Hotels Within its Pioneering Lavasa Township near Pune, India / December 2006
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