India’s tourism has just been given a boost with a latest poll ranking The Oberoi Vanyavilas hotel in Ranthambore as the best hotel in the world. The hotel won the maximum votes in a readers’ poll conducted by ‘Travel+Leisure’ magazine. What is more, various other Indian hotels owned by the same Oberoi group, too made it in the top fifteen of this list. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, Rajvilas, Jaipur and Udaivilas, Udaipur have been ranked second, third and fourth respectively in Asia and positioned number five, thirteen and fifteen in world ranking.
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Union tourism minister of India, Kumari Selja in a letter addressed to the group’s chairman, PRS Oberoi said the award is the “crowning glory” of Incredible India. Mr. Oberoi too is extremely overjoyed with this award and considers it extremely special as it comes from people who stayed in these hotels and have shared their ratings based on their experience in categories like rooms, service, facilities, location, restaurants and food.
The group already has over 16 luxury hotels and resorts in India, Mauritius, Indonesia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia and is already in the process of expansion with plans to open two hotels in Hyderabad, one in Dehra Dun, a resort in Chandigarh, a hotel in Rajasthan and a 200-year-old palace in Madhya Pradesh. Internationally, the group has plans of opening a hotel in Dubai and one in Morocco by 2012.
Although Mr. Oberoi says the current global crisis has made him a bit uneasy he hopes to see the number of his hotels double in the next five years.