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 Christopher Newbery Rejoins Luxury Indian Hotel Group
as General Manager at the Leela Kempinski Mumbai, India


MUMBAI, India, 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.

Newbery has 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 Center.  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.

Having 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.”

Newbery 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

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

Meredith Pillon
212-289-1627 Tel.

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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