Interstate Hotels & Resorts to Manage Khyber Mountain Resort and Spa in Gulmarg, India
Becomes Seventh Hotel in Growing India Portfolio
"Our strong partnership with JHM, coupled with our successful management platform model, international experience, depth of resources, and local in-country expertise translate into a significant competitive advantage. As a result, we have developed a robust pipeline of management opportunities for franchised branded hotels and independent resorts that will enable us to continue our vigorous growth in Asia-Pacific in 2012 and beyond."
"This will be the first major high end address in Gulmarg and will require a great deal of attention to detail," said Umar Tramboo of Khyber. "Interstate has a substantial history managing resort properties and is very familiar with this business model and its unique needs and requirements. We look forward to working with them and building a relationship together."
Khyber Mountain Resort and Spa is located in the renowned resort area of Gulmarg in Kashmir, regarded as one of the best year-round tourist destinations in India and was recently rated one of the top five ski destinations in Asia by CNN. The resort is ideally situated next to the world-famous Gulmarg Gondola and will be the closest hotel to the gondola in the area. At 13,000 feet, the gondola is the highest ski lift in the world, carrying up to 600 skiers per hour up to the ninth highest peak of the Himalayan Mountain Range. In addition to skiing, other popular winter activities include snowboarding, sledding and horse drawn sleigh rides. During the spring and summer, the Gulmarg Valley is blanketed with more than 21 varieties of wildflowers, earning it the name, "Meadow of Flowers." Khyber Mountain Resort and Spa will offer a host of spring and summer activities including mountain hiking, gondola rides, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, rock climbing, trout fishing, white water rafting, parasailing, hang gliding, photography safaris, and jeep excursions. The resort will feature a year-round Activities Concierge dedicated to assisting guests with planning activities in the area and with those offered at the resort, such as a movie theater and club, Igloo Kid's Club, a ski club and summer activities club.
Khyber Mountain Resort and Spa guest rooms include one- and two-bedroom cottages with full kitchens and one four-bedroom Presidential Cottage. Four food and beverage outlets include Cloves Restaurant; Chaikash Tea Lounge; Calabash, a Moroccan cigar and hookah lounge; and Nouf terrace lounge. The resort also will have Paradeez gardens and amphitheatre; retail outlets; ski shop; Alaya spa and fitness center; indoor pool; and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting, banquet and event space. For more information on Khyber Mountain Resort and Spa, please visit: www.khyberhotels.com.
About JHM Interstate Hotels India Pvt. Ltd.
JHM Interstate Hotels India Pvt. Ltd is a 50/50 joint venture partnership formed in 2008 between Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and JHM Hotels. It is headquartered near New Delhi, India, with a fully staffed Resource Center in Gurgaon, Haryana. The management team in Gurgaon provides expertise in all aspects of hotel operations including sales and marketing, food and beverage, information technology, human resources, construction and design, finance and quality assurance. For more information, contact Lloyd Lauland, Executive Director, JHM Interstate Hotels India, at 91 124 3091700, or visit the company's website: www.jhminterstate.com.
About JHM Hotels
JHM Hotels, Inc., a premier lodging company based in Greenville S.C., has developed, acquired, owned and operated hotels throughout the United States for more than 36 years. The company currently owns and operates 43 U.S. hotels with more than 7,500 guestrooms, operating under such well-known brands as Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and Hyatt. For more information about JHM Hotels, visit the company's website: www.jhmhotels.com.
Interstate Hotels & Resorts
About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company, operating branded full- and select-service hotels, resorts, convention centers, and independent hotels. Currently, Interstate"s global portfolio represents 540 properties in 12 countries inclusive of committed pipeline of signed hotels under construction or development around the world. The Company"s experienced operators, industry leading platforms, and extensive management capabilities produce exceptional guest experiences and optimal returns for hotel owners and investors. For more information, please visit www.interstatehotels.com, or follow Interstate on Facebook and LinkedIn.For more information regarding hotel management in Europe, please contact Senior Vice President, Development-Europe, Aaron Greenman, at +32 490 43 15 72 or visit www.interstatehotels.co.uk. For more information about Interstate Hotels & Resorts worldwide, please visit www.interstatehotels.com.