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NEWS| Raymond N. Bickson Named Corporate Hotelier of the World

Raymond N. Bickson, managing director and CEO of Mumbai-based Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, has been named 2007 Corporate Hotelier of The World by HOTELS magazine. The award, determined by votes cast by the magazine''s 62,000 readers in 170 countries, was presented yesterday during a reception at The Pierre in New York.

(Photo: Source: Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces · Raymond Bickson named 2007 Corporate Hotelier of the World · Click Here to Download Image In its November cover story, HOTELS magazine notes Bickson is "a model of luxury hotel keeping" and celebrates his "attention to personal service and global experience" and "years of honing his leadership with dignity and grace." Editor-in-chief Jeff Weinstein profiles Bickson, who grew up as a surfer in Honolulu in the 1970s when Hawaii tourism was booming and was inspired by hotel legends and founders of Regent International, …

NEWS| Taj has big plans for Delhi

This big plan is the only one for hotel room-starved Delhi that the Taj group has at present. Yannick Poupon, Taj Luxury hotels’ area director told TNN that Taj has bought land for building a 400-room property in Noida at a cost of nearly $2.5 lakh per room (inclusive of land cost).

It has entered into a management contract with a player in Gurgaon and will run that new property. The group has Taj Mansingh, Palace and Ambassador hotels in Delhi.

Even the Ginger Hotel, the group’s small 100-room budget hotels with tariffs in range of Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000, are being planned for the NCR and not Delhi at present, he added. The Ginger hotels are no frills properties with the USP of offering neat and clean rooms at low rates.

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NEWS| The Taj Group launches Gateway Hotel in Vijayawada

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, today unveiled a new Gateway Hotel at Vijayawada.

Key Points:
> Located on MG Road
> Largest Rooms in the City
>Promoted by Vijay Agro Products
>108 rooms including 12 suites

Conveniently located on MG Road, the Hotel is easily accessible from the railway station and the airport. Extremely stylish and modern, The Gateway Hotel, MG Road, Vijayawada is clearly the best option in the city for the business traveler.

The hotel offers the largest room size in the city and combines the full suite of contemporary facilities to make every customers stay a refreshingly enjoyable experience.

Announcing the launch of The Gateway Hotel, MG Road, Vijayawada, Mr. Jamshed Daboo, Chief Operating Officer, Taj Business Hotels said, "A key component of our domestic growth strategy is to tap prominent economic, commercial and industrial centers. Vijayawada fits well into this strategy as it is a hub of commercial activity across critical industry sectors. Further,…

NEWS| Taj Group| The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. Honours Taj

Global Leader in Luxury Hospitality, the Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. recently announced the winners of a series of prestigious awards during its 2007 International Convention, held in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Mr. Pravin Bancharam, Training Manager, Learning & Development, at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Mauritius was declared the winner of the prestigious Fifth Annual Juan Gaspart Award, which recognizes an outstanding employee of a Leading Hotel pursuing a career in the hospitality industry. Mr Bancharam’s 500 – word essay on “What are some of the ways in which hotels and their employees can demonstrate social responsibility?”was voted the best from the entries submitted from around the world. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces takes great pride to offer a platform to budding professionals.

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NEWS| Sayaji Hotels develops Rs 135 crore property in Pune

Key Points
>setting up a four-star category property in Pune
>247 rooms and 30 serviced apartments
>set-up 100 restaurants, 'Barbeque Nation'

Indore-based Sayaji Hotels Ltd. is setting up a four-star category property in Pune with an investment of Rs 135 crore. Targeted at business travellers, the property is expected to become operational by December, 2008. It will have 247 rooms - 128 grande rooms, 86 standard rooms, two junior rooms, one presidential suite and 30 serviced apartments. The hotel will also house a club and a banquet hall. The company is targeting Rs 50 crore of business within one year of commencement of operations, according to Sajid Dhanani, Managing Director, Sayaji Hotels. He added that the hotel's Average Room Rate (ARR) will be Rs 3,500.

Also, the company is planning to set-up 100 restaurants under its standalone restaurant chain, 'Barbeque Nation' by 2010 in India. It is also considering an international presence for the brand and plans …