The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts will now operate and manage the Mahatma Mandir, the country’s largest convention and exhibition centre, after winning the competitive bid and management contract. The 34-acre Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre is a world-class facility for national and international conferences, exhibitions and events. Designed to reflect the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, this environmentally responsible complex can host about 15,000 people. It includes a convention hall which boasts of a seating capacity of 6,000 people. The hotel chain will also launch The Leela Gandhinagar, a 300-room property which is expected to be the largest property in Gujarat’s capital city, informed Vivek Nair, Chairman and Managing Director, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. Commenting on the development, Nair said, “The addition of Mahatma Mandir and The Leela Gandhinagar to our MiCE portfolio reinforces our plan to expand further into the international conferences and events space, and underscores our asset-light growth strategy. Together with the support of the Government of Gujarat, our endeavour is to help transform Gandhinagar into the convention capital of India.”
The agreement, effective April 1, 2018, has been 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 (IRSDC).