ZURICH Glattbrugg, July 11, 2021 – gategroup (gg) has expanded its reach in Asia with the launch of its Gate Gourmet brand at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (KTM), the largest international airport in Nepal.
This is a collaboration together with Soaltee Hotel Limited (SHL). SHL is a pioneer in Nepal’s hospitality sector and recipient of several prestigious awards and accolades over the years. The company owns and operates The Soaltee Kathmandu, a 12-acre five-star deluxe hotel, and Horizon Lounge at the TIA KTM, as well as owns KTM’s only in-flight catering kitchen which will be co-branded with Gate Gourmet. KTM will be a springboard for gg and SHL to grow across Nepal. SHL has established another property Soaltee Westend Premier Hotel, a five-star hotel in Nepalgunj, western Nepal, which is the only LEED certified hotel in Nepal from the US Green Building Council, USA.
Effective 11 July 2021, the collaboration provides for Gate Gourmet to provide technical and management services to the existing operations at KTM. The unit will be part of gategroup’s network of global catering facilities, with the Gate Gourmet brand, operational standards, and relevant corporate support functions. KTM airport handled more than 7 million international passengers in 2019 and there continues to be potential for expansion of Gate Gourmet’s services in a country of 29 million as well as tourists around the world.
“We are pleased to further strengthen our presence in South Asia” comments Andreas Weber, President & MD of gategroup APAC. “The collaboration will leverage gategroup’s expertise, processes, know-how to further develop the operations at Nepal. SHL is an excellent partner and we are pleased to have this collaboration with them.”
Echoing Andreas, SHL Executive Chairman, Dinesh Bahadur Bista said that “We’re very happy to be working with gategroup, the world’s leading airline caterer. We trust in their wide-ranging global expertise to help us deliver the best possible experience to our customers.”
gategroup is the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services. gategroup provides passengers with superior culinary and retail experiences, leveraging innovation and advanced technology solutions. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, gategroup delivers operational excellence through the most extensive catering network in the aviation industry, serving passengers from over 200 operating units in over 60 countries/territories across all continents. For further information, please visit www.gategroup.com.
About Soaltee Hotel Limited
Soaltee Hotel Limited is a stock listed Public Limited Company pioneer in Nepal’s hospitality sector. It owns and operates The Soaltee Kathmandu, a 12-acre five-star deluxe hotel. A landmark in the city of Kathmandu with a rich heritage, the hotel is the proud recipient of several prestigious awards and accolades over the years. It has established another five star and the only LEED Certified Green hotel property Soaltee Westend Premier Hotel in Nepalgunj, western Nepal. It owns and operates KTM’s only in-flight catering kitchen and operates Horizon Lounge at TIA KTM. Soaltee Hotel Limited is renowned for its rich history as a pioneer in Nepal’s tourism industry with its contribution of luxurious properties and legendary hospitality across the region. For further information, please visit http://soalteehotel.com/ and https://www.soaltee.com/
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