原文标题：Shanghai has more hotel rooms than entire India
Global hotel brands are making a beeline for India and want to be a part of its growth story in the hospitality sector.
Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world's biggest hotel chain operator, has put an ambitious target of opening 150 hotels over the next nine years.
Chris Moloney, chief operating officer, Southwest Asia talks about his company's plans.
What is IHG's plan in terms of adding new hotels?
Currently, we have around 4,000 rooms across 12 properties in the country. We have a pipeline of 45 hotels and just signed a joint venture with Duet Hotels for the launch of the Holiday Inn brand.
The venture initially involves 19 properties, but our ambition is to open 150 hotels by 2020.
That would cover the Intercontinental, Crown Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands.
About 75 per cent of the pipeline of new properties are, Holiday Inn brand.
How different is the Indian market compared to other world markets?
I was based in Japan; it is the second largest outbound travel market in the world and very mature.
But because of that, the potential for further growth is limited. Whereas, in India it is all about growth. There are less hotel rooms in all of India than there are in Shanghai.
We know there are 5.5 million international travellers here every year, but there is a potential of 150 million going up to 600 million travellers moving forward.
There is just not enough supply of quality room stay available for so many travellers.
In the light of the recent scams emerging from various sectors, including real estate, how difficult is it now for companies like yours to find the right partner?
We do a great deal of evaluation. A lot of effort goes into the due diligence process.
Some basic activities such as buying land, which is a tall order considering the amount of legalities involved, takes a lot of energy.
A lot of investment is going into understanding the future customer.
Do you plan to bring in more brands to India?
We have seven brands globally and four of them are operational in India.
We are open to looking at opportunities as and when they arrive, but it has to have a strong strategic impact. We are not going to go out there just like that.
You had a tie-up with the Lalit Suri Group, which was ended recently. Do you believe the break up came at the wrong time for IHG?
The tie-up with Lalit Suri and group was part of the strategic decision that was made at a time when it made sense.
As the situation in India evolved and as we re-evaluated what we need to do, it was felt that both parties should not be in the relationship.
And now the Lalit Group has an independent brand. It allowed us to reposition our own brand.
by Jugal Ahuja (View MyPage) on Apr 11, 2011 10:50 AM | Hide repliesthe tourism figures of india & china will reflect as to why india lacks in hotel rooms. in 2010, 5.2 million foreign tourists visited india,whereas 55 million foreigners toured china. this explains why china needs more hotels & thus rooms. shanghai hosted world expo 2010,where 200 countries took part, more than 100 international multi national firms put up their stalls & displayed their products in expo.a total of 73 million visitors came to see the expo including 2 million foreigners.
the world's most prestigous hospitality brands have hotels in shanghai such as waldorf astoria, peninsula, st. regis, mandarin, accor, pullmans, kempinsky, sofitel, raffles etc. shanghai is hosting the world swimming championship in july 2011. moreover shanghai is the foremost asia-pacific city,having the world's 3rd biggest stock exchange by volume transaction.daily international workshops/seminars are being held in shanghai,in which european, usa, australian, canadian, asian firm's representatives participate,thus 5 star rooms are a necessity. this is not the case in india, where international events(sports,exhibitions etc)are a rarity.
Hotel rate in India too high
by Tom Dick (View MyPage) on Apr 10, 2011 07:24 PM
I have noticed that the rates (including the various taxes) of Indian hotels are one of the highest in the world. If that is reduced to acceptable levels, we can attract more tourists and have more hotels which will provide more rooms and MORE employment for Indians.
We are Indians, hehehe....
by Badne Kaayi (View MyPage) on Apr 09, 2011 12:17 PM | Hide replies
We dont need hotels, we stay with relatives and friends and NEVER forget to claim reimbursements. hehehe....
Shanghai has more hotel rooms than entire India'
by Subrata Ganguly (View MyPage) on Apr 09, 2011 12:14 PM
What matters is Occupancy is it occupied ?in india there are less but mostly occupied so what is good occupied or more rooms no one one to use
And Bala Saheb had promised ...
by Cutlet Gravy (View MyPage) on Apr 09, 2011 10:24 AM | Hide replies
But Bala Saheb had promised to make Moombai
With more hotel rooms than entire India?!?!?
Haha Saheb (Yakiti)Yak-re.
Keep tourists out of India
by Virendra Patel (View MyPage) on Apr 09, 2011 12:31 AM
Our infrastructure and buildings are extremely poor quality, poorly maintained, constructed and very little or no maintainance. All our puppet corrupt politicians are controlled by string. We cannot afford to keep our streets clean and tidy, the cows and stray dogs and beggers deface and urinate on the walkways/pavements and roads and our drivers are lunatics on the highway, not caring for their fellow passengers and respecting others roadusers and our trains are dirty, old, dangerous, filthy and overcrowded. Our tourists paint an extremely and negative image of our country, they deserve to go to China and Middle East instead or stay in their own country of residence.
We here in India still remain backwards in the secret British-colonial rule and can never prosper. Yet our so-called economy is being wasted on outdated Weapons of Mass destruction, purchased from terrorists states like Israel, USA, France etc. Unless India revolts and uprises like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya etc, she will be wiped off the map, the better Asia will be rid of her continent's cancer and dustbin.
by PO (View MyPage) on Apr 08, 2011 11:05 PM | Hide replies
China prospered without India's dummy democracy/casteism.
Indians are brainwashed to believe that (voting in elections == democracy) and a solution to all problems.
by Partha Sarathy (View MyPage) on Apr 09, 2011 12:44 PM
Prospered? Have you visited Rural China?
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by David Dak (View MyPage) on Apr 10, 2011 07:02 AM
Yes, I have see other areas and three, four tier cities and rural areas in China. Let put this way. Chinese first tier cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Guangdong, Tianjing are like dream cities to indian. Second tier cities like Shenyang, Chongqing, Chengdu and so on are also dream cities to indian but indian can achieve within next 50 years. The third tiers cities like Dalian, Tangshan, Shijazhuang and so on are much better than indian first tier cities. Fourth tier cities like Lasha and Ulumuqi in China are much more like indian first tier cities. Chinese rural areas and a lot of small countryside towns are like second tier cities in india.
Chinese farmers are 100 times richer and their life are 100 times happier than their indian counterpart. If you can not go to these two countries, just Google it and find more pictures and data. You will find that how miserable indian especilly indian countrysides people can be
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by Jugal Ahuja (View MyPage) on Apr 11, 2011 10:27 AM
dear partha sarathy, i frequently (3-4 times a year)go to china for business purposes, i fully agree with david dak, regarding the state of chinese cities in comparison to indian ones. it is a fact that chinese cities like dalian,harbin,zhuhai(2nd or 3rd tier cities of china) etc are much better in every respect than chennai, bengaluru, pune etc.
what to speak of shanghai, beijing, guangzhou, they are atleast 25 years ahead of india's best cities.even rural china, which has villages like huaxi,& yuwi(world's biggest wholesale market for daily use items) are better than most of our cities.infact these so called rural areas(villages)look like urban clusters, only skyscrapers are missing.
partha sarathy, your comments reek of jealousy, forget it, go & visit china yourself,don't see beijing,shanghai,see gulin,xian,yunan,take a cruise on the yangtse, you will get to see rural china, & i am sure after your visit,your china hatred will go. i can tell you that urban china today has the best skyline in the world,you can check this statement with google.
亲爱的partha sarathy，我经常因为商业目的去中国（每年3到4次）。我完全同意david dak的说法。关于中国城市相比印度城市的状况，事实是中国城市，比如大连、哈尔滨、珠海等（中国的二线或者三线城市），在每个方面都比钦奈、班加罗尔、普纳等要好得多。
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by Prakash R (View MyPage) on Apr 10, 2011 05:23 PM
I have been living in China for the past 6 years. And I agree with David Dak's view.
Typical western people trying to belittle India!!
by trader (View MyPage) on Apr 08, 2011 08:16 PM | Hide replies
what he knows, how many rooms entire Indian Hotel Industry has?Indians themselves dont have the idea and count,how can we expect a person from other country who might have gone to max to max 10 cities in India, know about the No of Hotel rooms!!Agreed that India needs more Hotels for a Super Power & we have more efficient and knowledgable Indians in hotel industry than these foreigners!!After all these are coming to eke livelihood out of Indian money!!
Re: Typical western people trying to belittle India!!
by Partha Sarathy (View MyPage) on Apr 09, 2011 12:45 PM
I can bet he is wrong. Probably he is only talking about 5 star hotel rooms. Else he is definitely wrong. Can he give the figures? Does he know how many hotel rooms are there in Rajasthan alone?
hello thats an infrastructure
by Parag Bhangale (View MyPage) on Apr 08, 2011 07:22 PM
if our politicians werent corrupt... we would have more rooms for the entire world...hence we need anna to do it now..dont u worry...we are comin....
Shanghai has more Shhhitters out in open than India !
by whatswrongpeople (View MyPage) on Apr 08, 2011 07:04 PM | Hide replies
Re: Shanghai has more Shhhitters out in open than India !
by piri (View MyPage) on Apr 09, 2011 12:54 AM
That flies in the face of the World Bank report as well as the World Sanitation Congress 2009 report that say that 65 % of Indians shit in the open while only 5 % of Chinese do so !!
Re: Re: Shanghai has more Shhhitters out in open than India !
by Partha Sarathy (View MyPage) on Apr 09, 2011 12:48 PM
He he, the truth is India allows World Bank representatives 100% of its land area, where as Chinese Commies because of their fear of democracy allow outsiders access to only 5% of their land area. That says it all. Ask any Chinese who has fled his country to live in a democratic world and he will tell you the truth. Have you tried visiting China outside Shanghai, Beijing and Macau?
by Arun Premraj (View MyPage) on Apr 08, 2011 06:53 PM | Hide replies
we have more slums and poverty than entire china
by Virendra Patel (View MyPage) on Apr 09, 2011 12:33 AM
India has more slums than the whole of Africa and that is a fact that can never be denied.
by praveen kumar (View MyPage) on Apr 08, 2011 05:59 PM | Hide replies
has more corrupt politicans than entire world.