MUMBAI, India, August
23, 2010 – One of India’s most renowned luxury hotel brands, The Leela
Palaces, Hotels & Resorts has appointed Roger Wright as the new general
manager of the group’s property in Gurgaon, a fast-rising satellite of
New Delhi. The five-star Leela Kempinski Gurgaon, Delhi (N.C.R.)
opened last July and has been running close to 100 percent occupancy ever
A seasoned hotelier with more than three decades of international experience
in Asia and the Pacific, Wright has held senior management positions with
some of the world’s leading hospitality brands including Hyatt International,
Starwood and Swissôtel.
Wright joins The Leela group from the award-winning luxury resort, Hayman
Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia where he served as general
manager. A native New Zealander, Wright is no stranger to India having
served as general manager at the Hyatt Regency in Mumbai. His varied
assignments and managerial roles at five-star properties have taken him
to iconic resorts, award-winning business hotels and multi-use properties
in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan.
Wright brings a broad range of operational and marketing talents to
his new post, along with a personal commitment to further develop an environment
where the Leela’s guests are able to experience firsthand the attributes
of India: the natural warmth of its people, its deep spirituality and the
country’s rich culture.
Speaking on Wright’s appointment, Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela
Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said, “In a short span, The Leela Gurgaon has
firmly positioned itself as a leading luxury hotel in the NCR region. Under
Roger’s dynamic leadership and passion for excellence, we are certain that
Leela Gurgaon shall attain even higher levels of success.”
Commenting on being part of the senior management team of The Leela
Kempinski Gurgaon, Wright said,’’ I am delighted to be back in India and
to join a highly-respected hotel group with ambitious expansion plans and
a clear vision for the future. I am committed to leading an already
successful team to achieving further milestones and even greater recognition
for innovation and outstanding quality, service and performance.”
Wright received a degree in Economics and Accounting from the University
of Canterbury, Christ Church, New Zealand.
A showcase of Indian contemporary art matched with all the latest advanced
technology, the 322-room Leela Kempinski Gurgaon, Delhi (N.C.R.) has three
restaurants – one boasting seven open kitchens – serving Indian, Italian,
Japanese, Chinese, Thai and international cuisine; a 20,000-square-foot
spa offering Ayurvedic treatments; a state-of-the art fitness center with
yoga and aerobic studios; a large heated outdoor pool; 26,900 square feet
of banquet and meeting space; a Cigar Lounge, and a 24-hour business center.
The luxury property is filled with striking sculptures, modern photography
and paintings by contemporary Indian and international artists.
About Hotel Leelaventure Limited:
Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. operates The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts
in Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Kovalam (Kerala), Gurgaon and Udaipur. Located
in key business and leisure destinations, and planning a pan-India presence,
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 New Delhi (fall 2010) and Chennai (2011); with plans to develop
hotels in Agra, Hyderabad, Pune and Lake Ashtamudi in Kerala. 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.