By: Iline Tang
MIDLAND - A hotel management company has set its headquarters in Midland, but they're no stranger to the Permian Basin.
Insignia Hospitality Group has been in the Tall City for almost two decades.
Today, they officially opened their doors to its corporate office on Tradewind Boulevard.
“We kinda grew everything from here, so it wouldn't make sense for us to go anywhere else,” said Darpan Bhakta, owner of Insignia Hospitality Group.
Insignia Hospitality Group now has a place to call home. The hotel management company has set its headquarters in Midland. Darpan Bhakta is the owner and says they opened their first hotel back in 1998 in the Tall City. Since then, the company has operated 15 hotels in three different states including seven right here in the Basin.
“So, it's a great business for Midland that really supports the hotel industry in our town,” said Bobby Burns, President and CEO of the Midland Chamber of Commerce.
Last year, the hotel industry brought in $600,000 million dollars to Midland. President and CEO of the Midland Chamber of Commerce, Bobby Burns hopes more revenue will be brought in with the company's headquarters here.
“Having a company like Insignia that supports hotels not only in Midland/Odessa, but around the region is very important to our economy,” Burns said.
Bhakta was just 22 years old when he first started building the business. He says he got to know people and that's when everything began falling into place.
“So then, that's when we decided that this is our home where we grew and grew from. It means more that we stay here. We can always go wherever we want so that's when we decided to keep it here in Midland,” Bhakta said.
Some of the hotels Insignia operates includes Courtyard Marriott, Holiday Inn and Hampton.
Bhakta also says there's a few more hotels in the works that will be located in Fort Stockton and San Angelo.