Earlier this month the company, which forms part of the Tate Group, announced it was making a $1.86bn bid to take control of Orient-Express after holding a minority share for a number of years.
In a letter sent to J. Robert Lovejoy, chairman of the board of directors of Orient Express Hotels, R.K. Krishna Kuma, vice-chairman of Indian Hotels, sought to explain his company's motives. He also expressed his desire to reassure the board that the takeover bid would not impact the quality of the Orient-Express brand.
"We are seeking to forge together an alliance between the two great names in the hospitality industry to significantly broaden the footprint of both companies and create a new global competitor in the luxury segment of the hospitality industry," he said.
"We want to reiterate that Orient−Express Hotels will remain a separate and independent company with standalone management and board of directors, as has been the policy and practice throughout the Tata Group."
Expressing the 'urgency' of the bid, the vice-chairman added he wanted to arrange a meeting - something he claimed Orient Express Hotels had previously not agreed to in the past because of the lack of a formal bid.