Accor has revealed that it will be opening two properties under the legendary Raffles brand name in India today, following a signing ceremony between Accor chairman & CEO Sébastien Bazin and, Ratankant Sharma owner of the new hotels, Raffles Jaipur (to open by mid-2020) and Raffles Udaipur (to open by the end of 2022).
Commenting on this historic occasion, Sébastien Bazin, said: “It is with immense pride that we announce the arrival of the Raffles brand in India, a hallmark of luxury and sublime service in a country that is famous for delivering luxury at the highest level. With our strategic partners, we look forward to providing an oasis of calm and charm in two of the most incredible destinations in India. We thank Mr. Ratankant Sharma and our partners for entrusting us with these landmark properties and we look forward to delivering the distinctive Raffles experience to travellers in India. We also thank Mr. Sharma for bringing the first Fairmont to India in Jaipur and extending this partnership to the Raffles brand.”
“We are seeing increasing demand for luxury travel in India”
“Today’s signing of the Raffles Jaipur and Raffles Udaipur marks a historic moment for Accor in India and certainly for tourism in India,” said Jean-Michel Cassé, chief operating officer – India and South Asia, Accor.
“We are seeing increasing demand for luxury travel in India and are looking forward to expanding Accor’s globally renowned portfolio of luxury brands in this incredible country. The addition of the iconic Raffles brand signals a new era for our group.”
Also commenting on this occasion, Rantankant Sharma, said: “Bringing the Raffles brand, which is synonymous with excellence, taste and luxury, to India is a perfect fit for our vision to lead both Udaipur and Jaipur, the historic cities of Rajasthan, into their next chapter whilst keeping their historic values and ties.
The opening of Raffles Udaipur and Raffles Jaipur is a key moment in our strategic growth in India and represents a new era of highly differentiated ultra-luxury experiences for Udaipur’s and Jaipur’s residents and visitors.
“New icons in India’s most magical cities”
These two hotels will be the jewel in the crown of our landmark developments and centrepiece in these vibrant, rich and magnificent cities. We are very grateful to the Accor Group and Sébastien Bazin for giving us the opportunity to bring our vision to both the historic cities of Rajasthan to create new icons in India’s most magical cities.
This partnership reinforces our foresight of India becoming a global gateway with world-class facilities that set new standards for residents and visitors alike. We look forward to welcoming guests and offering them the most memorable experience in a timeless destination.”