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Leela looks to monsoon meetings

A deluxe property majestically commanding an entire cliff on the shores of southern India is targeting the Middle East market with its comprehensive MICE offering.

A deluxe property majestically commanding an entire cliff on the shores of southern India is targeting the Middle East market with its comprehensive MICE offering.

As The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach, Kerela, prepares to welcome the monsoon season, the time is ripe to bring in Meetings Industry guests, according to Biswajit Chakraborty, the property's general manager.

"From October to April we focus on leisure guests, particularly from Europe, but from May to September is the MICE season," he told Meetings Industry Middle East.

"We have a broad range of room types and facilities, including our own convention centre, and can cater to a wide variety of group meetings and functions."

Chakraborty noted that Kerala was now well connected to the Middle East with Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways (launched May 30), Gulf Air, Qatar Airways, Oman Air and Air Arabia all flying to Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) Airport, just a 25-minute drive from the property.

The city is also well served by domestic airlines such as Jet Airways and Indian from locations across India.

The resort itself, which is spread across 44 acres, features two hotels; The Club at The Leela with 49 sea-view rooms, six Club Suites and one Duplex Suite, designed for top-end FIT guests, and the main hotel with 186 rooms. This is divided into the Beach-View Wing, with the beach-view rooms and suites and the Pavilion Wing featuring individual pavilions with gardens on ground level. Convention facilities include Kerala's largest beachside convention centre accommodating 1000 delegates in theatre style. A conference room on the first floor of the building caters to smaller meetings of 100 delegates or less.

A private beach area is available, as well as a traditional Keralan building attached to the convention centre that is ideal for dining.

Recreational activities include yoga and ayuverdic treatments at the Divya spa, while several excursion options are possible.

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