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Ms. Priya Paul

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Local Address: India
The Park Hotels
Armstrong House 6Th Floor 38 Market Square Uxbridge
London UB8 1NG
United Kingdom

Company Description: The Park Hotels, located in Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, and Visakhapatnam, are a collection of premium boutique hotels in India managed by Apeejay...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • BA , Economics
    Wellesley College
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Priya Paul Industry, Delhi
APEEJAY SURRENDRA GROUP, 8 June 2014 [cached]
Ms Priya Paul
Ms Priya Paul is a Bachelor of Economics, Wellesley College, USA. She is overseing the management of Apeejay SurrendraPark Hotels in Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Vizag as the Chairperson. She is the Director the Apeejay Surrendra group and joined the Group's hospitality business as the Marketing Manager, The Park, New Delhi, in July of 1988. Ms Paul is the President, Hotel Association of India (HAI),Founder Member, World Travel Tourism Council - Asia Chapter (WTTC). s Paul is also the Education Chairman of the Young President's Organization (YPO), Trustee, India Foundation of the Arts (IFA) and member of the South Asia Women's Fund,The Ford Foundation and member of the Advisory Board of Directors, IIM Lucknow. Her interests include Reading, Art, Cuisine and its History, Meditation and Exercise.
"Our first foot into hotels was ..., 29 May 2014 [cached]
"Our first foot into hotels was in 1967, when we opened The Park on Park Street," said Priya Paul, chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels. By 1987, the company had three hotels. "My father had planned to renovate all the properties, but things changed with his sudden demise. So, I set about changing things. The biggest question in my mind was, 'How could we make these hotels stand out?'" she said. Paul in the early '90s decided to use design as a differentiator of the company's products, services, restaurants and people. That inspired a collection of luxury boutique hotels. "That has been key to our success," she said. Growing roots It has been a long journey for the hotel group from its initial three hotels to the now 11-from having to explain what boutique hotel meant in the 1990s, to becoming a pioneer in contemporary luxe hotels. Paul said the company's vision is to have 20 hotels by 2020, "whereby we will be able to offer our guests a slice of The Park in every city they travel to." The company's focus is on India, according to Paul. A 350-room hotel in Kolkata is in the works, as well as a property each in Pune, Cochin and Jaipur. The group is headed for an aggressive push in second- and third-tier locations where there is substantial demand and tourist potential. "There is a rise in the number of industries being set up in smaller towns and tier-two cities, increasing the growth prospects of hotels in this sector," Paul said.
"Now that we have grown, we have realized the need to communicate our brand strength more boldly and in a more coherent manner," Paul said. "Thus, the vision which we uphold today is that of leadership through differentiation." Therefore, she said, the focus now is to have a brand differentiator and promote the group's new brand, Zone by The Park. The commonality in the venture remains the accent on design, and a great emphasis on food and nightlife. Given the immense tourism potential in the luxury segment, Paul said, "The hotel has embraced each opportunity which seemed conducive to the attainment of our vision. The modern-day traveler looks for a holiday experience and not just a place to rest, and it is this unique experience that sets boutique hotels apart. "They look for surprises, and when planning trips, they seek hotels that are noticeably different in look and feel. I see a lot of luxury travelers coming to India. There has been a greater understanding of India as a luxury destination in international market and a growth of luxury travelers within India as well. We see a remarkable number of tourists not only to experience the rich heritage but also to witness modern and contemporary India." Paul is optimistic of the potential in the hotel industry. The current sluggishness she attributes to the ups and downs that all industries go through. "By liberalizing the economy, India is attracting tourists and foreign workers, which is positively impacting the hospitality sector. Thus, one needs to consider the bigger picture of the hotel industry," she said.
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About Us > Priya Paul
Priya Paul Industry, Delhi
Priya is the President of The Park Hotels, India and Director of the Apeejay Surrendra Group. She plays an active role in many bodies connected with the hotel industry. She is the Secretary of the Hotel Association of India and a member of the Executive Committee of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India. Priya is also a member of the Young President's Organization and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. Her interests include reading, art, cuisine and its history, and yoga.
Priya Paul wins Padma Shri 2012, 6 Mar 2012 [cached]
NEW DELHI - Art collector and design aficionado Priya Paul is Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels in India, a part of the Apeejay Surrendra Group.
Priya Paul started her career under her father, the late Surrendra Paul, as the Marketing Manager of The Park in New Delhi. She repositioned The Park Hotels as India's first and only collection of contemporary luxury boutique hotels. Under her direction, The Park Hotels have emerged as stylish, edgy, fun and warm - a true reflection of her personality and her passion for contemporary art and design.
Priya Paul is Executive Committee Member and Ex-President of the Hotel Association of India. She is a founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council - India Initiative, and a Trustee of the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) and Chairperson, South Asia Women's Fund and a member of Harvard Business Schools' India Advisory Board.
A four-time nominee as Business Woman of the year by The Economic Times, Priya Paul received the FHRAI (Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India) Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000, was recognized by Forbes online as one of India's 100 most powerful business women in 2006, and took home the Zee Astitva Award in the Business category in 2008. She has also been awarded the 'Spa Personality of the Year' for the year, India Today Woman in Business Award and PHD Chamber-Distinguished Women Entrepreneur Award for 2009-2010 and has been inducted into the FHRAI Hall of Fame in 2010.
Recently she was awarded for "Excellence in Design Innovation 2011" by Conde Nast Traveller India, at a glittering event in New Delhi. She was honored for seamlessly combining her passion for boutique hotels and her love of contemporary art and high-function design. "Designomist 2011" at VGC Designomics 2011 was bestowed to Ms. Paul for creating unique experiences for the guests across the world with a visual feast of design aesthetics and originality in each of the exquisitely designed boutique hotels.
Ms. Priya Paul was also just awarded the Aatithya Ratna Award by Hotel Investment Forum India, 2011. This award was established by HIFI to honor an individual who exemplifies the extraordinary spirit of hospitality. 'Hall of Fame 2011' was bestowed to her by Hotelier India. The acknowledgement was for her contribution to the hotel industry for last 25 years.
Priya Paul has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College. She also completed the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
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