Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company, today announced the signing of a 50-room Vivanta hotel in Gangtok, Sikkim. This hotel is a management contract with Skipping Stones Pvt Ltd.
Commenting on the signing, Suma Venkatesh, Executive Vice President - Real Estate & Development, IHCL said, “Sikkim is very famous for its ecotourism – trekking, mountaineering, river rafting and other nature oriented offerings. The signing of IHCL’s second hotel in Gangtok demonstrates our commitment to the region, taking our tally to 11 hotels across our brandscape.”
The hotel is located at Pakyong, Gangtok’s neighbouring town and is a short drive from the new Pakyong Airport. Spread over 3.5 acres, it is situated amidst thick forests on a hill top with stunning valley views. The hotel has a distinctive design that showcases the region’s natural beauty. The spacious rooms are built around a large open air courtyard. The swimming pool is set amidst lush greenery. The other features include a multi-cuisine restaurant, recreation facilities and modern meeting spaces. It is a Brownfield project slated to open in mid-2020.
Commenting on the partnership, Mrs. Sradha Sharma, Director, Skipping Stones Private Limitedsaid, “We are delighted to partner with IHCL. We will be introducing the Vivanta brand to Sikkim with this hotel.”
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim, a state in North East India. The city is a gateway for all tourism in the region. Sikkim is famous for fascinating views of the Himalayas including Mount Kanchenjunga, numerous streams, meadows, lakes, hot springs and high altitude passes. It also boasts of around 5000 varieties of flowers and rare wild life.
IHCL has eleven hotels in the North East region, West Bengal and Bhutan including five under development. The company is aiming at a Vivanta in every state capital with the brandscape expected to touch 25 hotels by 2022.
About Skipping Stones Pvt Ltd.
Skipping Stones Private Limited (SSPL) is a Sikkim based company that is passionate about, owning, building and marketing world-class hotels & resorts at exclusive destinations.
Incorporated in the year 2008, SSPL is focused on hospitality infrastructure developments targeted at the mid-to-high-end leisure consumer segment of the market. SSPL currently owns 2 operational resorts in Sikkim and has a development plan of 4 resorts in the region.
About The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the hallmark of iconic hospitality, SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels, Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels and Ginger which is revolutionizing the lean luxe segment.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel - The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 195 hotels including 40 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries and in over 80 locations.