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JHM subsidiary to develop hotel in India


Staff Report
Published Jan. 17, 2013

Greenville-based JHM Hotels said today that its Indian subsidiary, GJHM Hotels Private Ltd., signed an agreement with Marriott International to develop a Fairfield by Marriott in Surat, Gujarat.

The hotel will be located on the 120-acre campus of Auro University, which is sponsored by JHM and its owners, the Rama family. The university opened in 2011 and offers programs in hospitality management, information technology and law. The hotel will provide students the opportunity for on-the-job training during their study at Auro University.

“We stand committed to being the university of tomorrow, where we are the top choice for India’s leading students, faculty, researchers, academics and employers,” JHM Chairman HP Rama said in a news release.

Rama also serves as the university’s chancellor.

“The proposed hotel is another step in our commitment to provide our students best-in-class infrastructure” he said.

Construction of the hotel is proposed to begin in the second quarter. The hotel will be managed by JHM Interstate Hotels, India, a joint venture between JHM Hotels and Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a U.S.-based global hotel management company.

The proposed hotel will feature 150 guestrooms and suites, a restaurant, business center, gym and 3,000-square-foot banquet hall.

“At Marriott, we have done extensive work to develop a prototype specifically for the Indian market,” Simon Cooper, president and managing director of Marriott International Asia Pacific, said in a news release. “Surat is among the key emerging cities in India and we are delighted to partner with JHM Hotels for this project.”

Greenville-based JHM currently owns and operates 42 hotels in the U.S. and India, operating under brands Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton and Starwood.

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