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 Andrew Hendrian Joins The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore as General Manager

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MUMBAI, India, May 13, 2009 – The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts recently appointed Andrew Hendrian as General Manager of The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore.  A seasoned hotelier with more than 25 years of hospitality experience, Hendrian takes over the management of The Leela’s flagship property in the “Silicon Valley” of India.

Hendrian was most recently General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Dubai where he successfully repositioned the newly refurbished hotel.  Prior to that from 2002 to 2004, he was General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Cologne and Resident Manager of the Grand Hyatt Dubai.  He served as Resident Manager of the Grand Hyatt Berlin from 2000 to 2002.

Beginning his career with the Meliá Group, Hendrian sharpened his skills at properties in Spain and Iraq.  He went on to establish himself as one of the hospitality industry’s rising stars.  Moving to Hyatt Hotels, he enhanced his experience as a food and beverage manager and sommelier.  Later he underwent special rooms division training in the U.S., eventually becoming Regional Specialist, Rooms for Central Europe during which time Hyatt received several awards.

After close to three decades at some of the industry’s leading flagship properties, Hendrian has earned the title of the “People’s Manager” for his ability to connect and relate to his associates and staff.

“Andrew is an accomplished hotelier and he joins the group at a time when the company is in a state of aggressive expansion,” said The Leela’s Senior Vice President Rajiv Kaul. “With his extensive experience, people management skills and flair for languages, he brings in a dynamic management style that promises an enhanced service experience for our guests,” said Kaul.

Located in India’s fastest growing metropolis, The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore is set amidst seven acres of lush tropical gardens and a sparkling lagoon.  Drawing inspiration from the architectural style of the Royal Palace of Mysore and the palaces of the Vijayanagara Empire, the award-winning property has 357 rooms and suites.  The property boasts the largest rooms in Bangalore, with the average room measuring 575 square feet and Royal Club Suites measuring over 1,000 square feet.  The palace hotel has four restaurants, Asia’s premier urban spa, a fitness center and a swimming pool.   With a total 16,360 square feet of meeting space, The Leela is popular with the many IT, software, aerospace and telecommunications companies that are based in Bangalore.

About The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. operates The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts in Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Kovalam (Kerala), Gurgaon and soon Udaipur. 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. For further information, please visit www.theleela.com.
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Contact:

www.theleela.com
 
Meredith Pillon
212-289-1627 Tel.
meredithpillon@mpmcus.com
 

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Also See: Leela Hotels, Palaces & Resorts Investing $300 million in Three New Indian Hotel Properties; Opens the 322 room Leela Kempinski Gurgaon, Delhi N.C.R, India / April 2009

India Grapples with Shortage of Branded Hotel Rooms; High Interest Rates and Surge in Construction Costs Delay Hundreds of Announced Hotel Projects / August 2008
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