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NEWS| Occupancy at Taj, Trident picks up

Business at the newly-reopened Trident and Taj hotels is steadily picking up
Business at the newly-reopened Trident and Taj hotels is steadily picking up with the Ratan Tata-owned Taj clocking a 56 per cent occupancy on the very first day itself.

The 550-room Trident registered an occupancy rate of over 16 per cent for the same period.

Both the hotels reopened on Sunday, nearly three weeks after they were ravaged by the deadly terror strikes on November 26.

Trident, Nariman Point had clocked an occupancy rate of over 16 per cent, with 90-odd rooms being checked into by the end of the first day, an Oberoi Group spokesperson told PTI hereon Monday.

"Occupancy on the second day is expected to be between 80-100," the spokesperson added.

The iconic Taj, which threw open its tower wing yesterday, has comperatively more occupants with nearly half of its rooms booked.

"On the first day, the Taj had an occupancy rate of 56 per cent, with 150 of the 268 rooms being checked into," a Taj spokesperson said.

Trident is, however, receiving a better response as far as Christmas bookings are concerned. "(Advance) Christmas bookings are already at between 15-20 per cent on a standalone basis," the hotel spokesperson said.

The Oberoi Group hotel had said it expects its occupancy rates to fall by about 30 per cent following the November 26 audacious strikes.

"As per our rough estimates, it looks like there would be a 30 per cent reduction in our hotel's occupancy," Trident Hotel president Rattan Keswani had said on Saturday.

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NEWS| Hotel Taj Reopen After Mumbai War

The Mumbai luxury hotels whose marble interiors became killing fields for terrorists three weeks ago partially reopened on Sunday with pledges to upgrade security to levels similar to those of airports.

The Tata group opened the high-rise wing of its Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel as well as the restaurants and pool areas of the complex, where over nearly three days, four terrorists gunned down 31 people.

The Oberoi group reopened the Trident, the business hotel that suffered less damage in the violence, but it left shut the badly affected luxury Oberoi hotel that stands next door. In all, 32 people died in both hotels.
The 105-year-old “heritage wing” of the Taj, the red-domed Mumbai landmark in which the most fighting took place, might not fully reopen until 2010.

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“When the old wing, the heritage wing, is restored and rebuilt to the extent that it can be, then we will send an even stronger message not only for the Taj but for the whole city that we can be hurt but we cannot be knocked down,” said Ratan Tata, the chairman of the Tata group, whose great grandfather built the hotel.

The reopening of the hotels is seen as an important step towards resuming normal life in India’s financial capital, which has suffered numerous attacks in the past but none as devastating as the November attacks.

Unlike train bombings in the past, from which the city bounced back immediately, the hotel attacks shut down commercial life in Mumbai’s southern business and tourist areas, for several days.

The terrorists also attacked the city’s main train station, a Jewish centre and a renowned tourist hang-out, Leopold Cafe, leaving a total of 172 dead and hundreds injured.

Security was tight at both hotels on Sunday as they held ceremonies attended by clerics of all faiths. “This [multi-faith] ceremony tells you a lot about India: we are a united nation,” said Syed Ather Ali, president of the All India Ulema Association and Muslim representative at the Trident.

“Luckily none of the people involved in the terror attack were Indian Muslims. That would have been a disaster for our community.”
The hotels were bustling on Sunday with the Taj opening 268 rooms, or nearly half its 565 rooms. The Trident reopened its 550 rooms and said it had at least 80 bookings.

R.K. Krishna Kumar, the vice-chairman of the Indian Hotels Company that owns the Taj, said new security measures would include armed guards who would blend into the environment of the hotel, luggage screening and background checks on employees.

“I believe this is a turning point for how the hotel industry looks at this threat,” Mr Kumar said. “I think a world-class hotel needs to be an invisible fortress.”

At the Trident, a foreign businessman having a cigarette outside said: “Business and life has to go back to normal. When I come to India I always stay here – a terrorist won’t change my habits.”

Suhel Seth, the managing partner of Counselage, a branding and marketing consultancy, who was checked into the Taj at the time of the attacks, checked in again on Sunday night.

“India has once again shown that the spirit is indomitable but my only worry is that political class will treat this resilience as an excuse for inaction,” he said.


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Courtyard Residency is a boutique property

Experience: 1 - 2 Years
Location: Gurgaon

Job Description
The candidate will be responsible for Room Service, Coffee Shop service and guest handling during the shift for our boutique property at Sushant Lok-1, having mostly corporate clientele.

Desired Candidate Profile
The candidate must be confident, smart with a pleasant personality and fluent in English. Only those candidates are requested to apply who are willing to work in Gurgaon.

Company Name: Courtyard Residency Pvt. Ltd.


Contact | Mr. Dinesh Shah

B-37 A Sushant Lok - 1
Gurgaon,Haryana,INDIA 122002


Reference ID: Steeard/Dec

Courtyard Residency is a boutique property with 16 rooms and 1 suite set amidst quiet surroundings. The property is beautifully landscaped & has front and rear lawns with water bodies, fountains & wooden decked floors. The spacious lobby has Italian Marble flooring which continues into the dining room. The d├ęcor is very contemporary & minimalistic with clean straight lines.

The special features of the property are Complimentary Wi-fi Internet Connectivity in all rooms and public areas besides being the only property in Gurgaon offering RO water on tap and in pressurized showerheads for hygiene & is 100% potable. The rooms are also sound proofed to ensure serenity and the Daikin silent air conditioners help in maintaining calm.

The dining room overlooks the rear garden & has a choice of indoor & outdoor seating (on the wooden patio). A choice of cuisines viz. Oriental, Continental and Indian cuisines is served and also In-room Dining.

A well equipped Gymnasium with the state-of-the-art exercising equipment is available for resident guests usage only on a complimentary basis. Guests can exercise on the Treadmill, Cross-trainer, Recumbent Bike, Decline Bench while enjoying the music on the JBL! system.

Moreover, there is a well appointed Conference Room for meetings or exclusive get-togethers upto 50 pax. The seating arrangements and State-of-the-art audio-visual systems can be arranged as per the guests requirement. Whether it is a conference, a board meeting or a banquet, we ensure a memorable event with efficient organization.

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Position: Speciality Chefs – CDP / Commis
Location: London

Salary Range: Competitive, including accommodation

Specific positions

* CDP / Commis - Indian/Conti Fusion;
* CDP / Commis - Indian Curries;
* Commis - Indian/Tandoori/all rounder;
* Commis - Western & Indian desserts;
* Commis - Vegetable specialist Cook;
* Commis - Tandoori and Kebabs;
* Commis - South India Curries

You will be offered training and development within this professional and expanding restaurant company.

Candidate Requirements

You will need:

* At least 5 years experience as Commis 1 / CDP at one of India’s top 5-star hotel Groups in the relevant cuisine;
* CDP applicants should be able to speak and read English fluently;

Application Details:

Please apply with covering letter indicating your suitability for the vacancy and full CV including:

* Full contact details - Home address, mobile number and e-mail address;
* Nationality; If non EU National, passport number and status of any previous UK visas;
* Employment History- exact dates of employment, salaries received in various positions and reason for leaving;
* Education and Qualifications including training received, and date of birth;
* Names of two referees. If you are unable to provide two employer / education referees, please provide one character referee;
* Digital photograph if available.


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