April 24, 2009 – The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts
recently appointed Christopher Newbery as General Manager of The Leela
Kempinski Mumbai. A seasoned hotelier with more than two decades
of international experience with leading luxury hospitality brands,
Newbery returns to The Leela in Mumbai where he directed the hotel’s
operations from 1995 to 1997.
held senior executive positions at prestigious international hotels for
including: Intercontinental Hotels, Kempinski and Hilton. In China from 1997 to 2004, he served with
Intercontinental as General Manager at their signature Crowne Plaza
properties in Jinan and Beijing and was also general manager at the Kempinski Beijing Lufthansa
He was General Manager at the Disneyland Paris and Euro Disney from
1991 to 1995. Prior to that, he was General Manager at the
Yaounde Hilton in Cameroon
and the Madagascar Hilton. He also worked for the prestigious
London Hilton on Park Lane
and the Paris Hilton. Most recently, from 2005 to 2008, he was General
Manager and Head of Operations at the Serena
Hotel in Kabul.
been involved in
hotel development, property refurbishments and upgrades and product
enhancement, Newbery brings a tremendous knowledge as well as extensive
practical expertise to The Leela.
“Christopher is an accomplished hotelier and has led the The Leela
Kempinski Mumbai in the past,” said The Leela’s Senior Vice President
Rajiv Kaul. “We’re delighted to have him back with us.”
attended London’s prestigious St. Paul’s School and received his degree from Ealing Technical College.
Set amidst 11 lushly
landscaped acres, The Leela Kempinski Mumbai has 390 rooms and
suites. Known as the premiere business hotel in India’s business capital,
The Leela has four restaurants, three lounges and bars, a large spa
with health club and fitness center, a swimming pool and a squash
court. The property boasts the largest rooms in the north of Mumbai
with the average room measuring 350 square feet and suites over 1,000
square feet. And with more than 16,000 square feet of meeting
space, it is popular with incentives and meeting planners.
Business travelers will appreciate the recent $25 million upgrade to
The Royal Club.
About The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts
Ltd. operates The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts in Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Kovalam (Kerala), Gurgaon and
Located in key business and leisure destinations, and charting a pan India presence in the near future, The
Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts are a blend of aesthetic
sensibility, modern amenities and truly reflect the essence of India.
New hotels will soon open in Chennai (2010) and New
Delhi (2010); with future plans to develop hotels in Agra, Hyderabad
and Pune. The group has marketing alliances with Germany based
Kempinski (Hoteliers since 1897); US based Preferred Hotel Group and
are members of Global Hotel Alliance based in Geneva, Switzerland.
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