The Leela Palaces Hotels
and Resorts, won the competitive bid and management contract to operate
India’s largest Convention and Exhibition Center – the 34-acre Mahatma
Mandir - and launch Gujarat state capital’s largest hotel, the
300-room The Leela Gandhinagar,
which is expected to open in January 2019.
The agreements, effective April
1, 2018, are signed with Gandhinagar
Railway and Urban Development Corporation (GARUD), a special purpose
vehicle formed by the Government of
Gujarat with the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd (IRSDC).
Both the Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Center and The Leela
Gandhinagar, will operate in a complementary yet distinctive manner, guided by
The Leela’s brand promise of world-class operational excellence delivered with
the warmth and grace unique to Indian hospitality.
on the development, Mr. Vivek Nair, CMD,
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said, “The addition of Mahatma Mandir and
The Leela Gandhinagar to our MICE portfolio reinforces our plans to expand further
into the international conferences and events space, and underscores our asset
light growth strategy. The projects combine grand space with global standards
of service and cater to the growing demand for world-class venues. Together
with the government of Gujarat, our endeavour is to help transform Gandhinagar
into the convention capital of India.”
Gandhinagar is located 400 meters from the Mahatma
Mandir Convention and Exhibition Center. It is the first luxury hotel in
the country to be constructed at the airspace of a conventional railway station
and will be built 25 meters above ground. With three wings of ten floors, and
two wings of eight floors, it will boast 300 spacious guest rooms and suites,
two extraordinary restaurants, an elaborate lounge and Boardroom, and 800 sq.
meters of flexible meetings, conventions and event space with sweeping views -
all matched by the legendary Leela service.
34-acre Mahatma Mandir Convention and
Exhibition Center, a world-class facility for national and international
conferences, exhibitions and events, is designed to reflect the life and
philosophy of the Father of the nation - Mahatma Gandhi. The
environmentally-responsible complex is spacious enough to handle up to 15000
people, and includes a Convention Hall boasting seating capacity of 6000 people
as well as state-of-the-art Exhibition Centers, hi-tech Conference Halls and
Seminar Rooms, among a wide-array of features. It is a 25-minute drive from
Ahmedabad international airport.
signing, The Leela has expanded its hotel portfolio to ten acclaimed properties
across India. Upcoming projects include a resort in Jaipur, a palace hotel in
Agra where every room will face the Taj Mahal, and business hotels in Bengaluru