Park Hotel chain on expansion spree
Kolkata, Feb 26 : Multi-crore rupee 'The Park' chain of hotels is all set to further widen its presence across the country by acquiring property in at least 12 more cities and smaller towns.
"Currently we are present in about 20 prime locations in as many citites providing five star hospitality to numerous guests," said Priya Paul, the Chairperson of India's one of the largest chain of five star hotels.
Participating in an inter-active session with members of the Ficci's ladies wing 'FLO' (Ficci's Ladies Organisation) here today the daughter of Sudinder Paul, the assasinated former chairman of the Group and the brother of British industrialist Lord Swaraj Paul, said as part of her new expansion plan she was planning to establish a large number of four star category hotels in smaller but popular citites/towns across the country within the next couple of years.
Recollecting her 'intitial difficult years' of working as the top boss of 'The Park' chain of hotels in Kolkata, New Delhi and Vishakhapattanam, Ms Paul said she evinced her interest in working in her family's hospitality business as early as when she was ten years old.
"Though I did my schooling and early college in this City of Joy, I had developed my professional working experiences in the 'The Park' while working in New Delhi and later in Vizac," she said.
Coming back to her future plans after establishing 'The Park' as one of the most valuable and popular hotel chains both within the country and abroad, Ms Paul said in order to penetrate into the smaller cities and towns where lots of business activities were currently going on, they had set up a new brand called 'The Park Collections'.
"We have acquired the new property under the new brand and would set up a number of four star and even smaller hotels of 30 to 40 beds each in popular spots," she said without explaining her project further.
Later replying to queries from the FLO members, she said her father and his determination to make 'The Park' as the country's top most hotel chain was her strongest motivation for working tirelessly.
Incidentally, Mr Paul was gunned down by a group of ULFA extremists in his tea estate in Assam way back in 1990.