About Taj Hotels & IHCL
Taj Hotels is a chain of luxury luxury hotels hailing from India. The company is known as "The Indian Hotels Company Limited" or IHCL. Their DBA is Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. They boast to be one of Asia's largest and finest hotel chains. The company was incorporated by Mr. Jamsetji N. Tata, who founded one of India's largest corporate tycoon Tata Group, their first hotel was The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai (In those days Bombay) in 1903. The Taj, a symbol of Indian hospitality, completed its centenary year in 2003.
Old picture of Taj Hotel Bombay
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces comprises 93 hotels in 55 locations across India with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.
Taj group has hotel in a variety of location in India covering important industrial towns and cities, beaches, hill stations, historical and pilgrim centres and wildlife destinations, each of the Taj hotels offers the luxury of service, the traditional of Indian hospitality, unique locations, modern amenities and business facilities.
In all the IHCL group of hotels comprise not just luxury hotels they also offer, premium, mid-standard and affordable category of hotels through the following Brands
Taj (luxury full-service hotels, resorts and palaces) is our flagship brand for the world's most discerning travelers seeking authentic experiences given that luxury is a way of life to which they are accustomed. Spanning world-renowned landmarks, modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts, authentic Rajput palaces and rustic safari lodges, each Taj hotel reinterprets the tradition of hospitality in a refreshingly modern way to create unique experiences and lifelong memories.
Taj also encompasses a unique set of iconic properties rooted in history and
tradition that deliver truly unforgettable experiences. A collection of
outstanding properties with strong heritage as hotels or palaces which offer
something more than great physical product and exceptional service. This group
is defined by the emotional and unique equity of its iconic properties that are
authentic, non- replicable with great potential to create memories and stories.
Taj Exotica is our resort and spa brand found in the most exotic and relaxing locales of the world. The properties are defined by the privacy and intimacy they provide. The hotels are clearly differentiated by their product philosophy and service design. They are centered around high end accommodation, intimacy and an environment that allows its guest unrivalled comfort and privacy. They are defined by a sensibility of intimate design and by their varied and eclectic culinary experiences, impeccable service and authentic Indian Spa sanctuaries.
Taj Safaris are wildlife lodges that allow travelers to experience the unparalleled beauty of the Indian jungle amidst luxurious surroundings. They offer India's first and only wildlife luxury lodge circuit. Taj Safaris provide guests with the ultimate, interpretive, wild life experience based on a proven sustainable ecotourism model.
Vivanta by Taj Hotels & Resorts
Vivanta by Taj Hotels & Resorts span options for the work-hard-play-hard traveller across metropolitan cities, other commercially important centres as well as some of the best-loved vacation spots. Stylish & sophisticated, Vivanta by Taj delivers premium hotel experiences with imagination, energy & efficiency. It's the flavour of contemporary luxury, laced with cool informality and the charming Taj hospitality. Created for the cosmopolitan global traveller and bon vivant, Vivanta by Taj Hotels & Resorts create experiences that will amuse, invigorate & inspire you. Vivanta revels in a spirit that presents the normal with an unexpected twist. Experiences which make you pause & appreciate the hidden beauty in life! It challenges your expectations of a hotel and unfolds multiple layers of delight. Innovative cuisine concepts, the smart use of technology & the challenge to constantly engage, energize and relax you all add up to make Vivanta by Taj the new signature in hospitality.
The Gateway Hotel
The Gateway Hotel (upscale/mid-market full service hotels and resorts) is a pan-India network of hotels and resorts that offers business and leisure travelers a hotel designed, keeping the modern nomad in mind. The main feature of the hotel is that it is divided into 7 simple zones- Stay, Hangout, Meet, Work, Workout, Unwind and Explore.
As travel often means more hassle than harmony, more stress than satisfaction, modern travelers are looking for smarter choices. Driven by our passion for perfection, we welcome our customers to a refreshingly enjoyable and hassle-free experience, anytime, everywhere. Offering the highest consistency in quality, service and style we set new standards and take the unwanted surprises out of traveling. Our warm welcomes make our guests feel at home, away from home and our crisp and courteous service empowers them to get more done with greater effectiveness and control. And through our unrivalled network we provide service that is effortless, simple, never overwhelming, always warm.
Ginger Economy Hotel
Ginger (economy hotels) is IHCL's revolutionary concept in hospitality for the value segment. Intelligently designed facilities, consistency and affordability are hallmarks of this brand targeted at travelers who value simplicity and self-service.
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has plans to build an international network of luxury hotels, which will provide an exemplary product-service combination and in the process create a global brand. Their current international portfolio includes luxury resorts in the Indian Ocean, business and resort destinations in the Middle East and Africa, serviced apartments in the UK, the first hotel in Australia and three a top-end luxury hotels in the US.
Throughout the Company's expansion, its mandate has been twofold: to infuse a sense of Indian heritage and culture within each diverse property, while also anticipating the needs and desires of the sophisticated traveller. Over the years, the Taj has won international acclaim for its quality hotels and its excellence in business facilities, services, cuisine and interiors.
The Taj strengthened its presence in the Indian Ocean rim with the Exotica
Brand. The Taj Exotica was evolved as part of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
intent to position it as a brand that is clearly differentiated by its product
philosophy and service design. The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, in Maldives is
centered on high-end accommodation, intimacy and an environment that allows its
guest's unrivalled comfort and privacy.
Taj Hotels further expanded its global footprint by securing management contracts at Palm Island, Jumeirah in Dubai, Saraya Islands in Ras Al Khaimah, Aldar Group in Abu Dhabi, UAE Langkawi in Malaysia and Thimpu in Bhutan. The most significant additions to the portfolio have been The Pierre, the iconic landmark hotel on New York's Fifth Avenue, Taj Boston and Blue, Sydney.
The presence of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces internationally has been
developed through a network of Taj regional sales and PR offices in the United
Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Dubai, Singapore, Australia, Japan, Russia and
the United States of America.
At the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces luxurious living and fine dining find common ground. Whether it is introducing exotic world cuisines to India or taking authentic Indian fare to the world, the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is renowned for the eclectic culinary experiences it brings to its guests. Through a vast repertoire of award-winning restaurants, legendary recipes from royal kitchens and celebrated food festivals, the Taj has pioneered innovation in fine dining across the world.
Taj Hotels also promise a whole new experience of tranquillity and total 'wellness', through Jiva Spas a unique concept, which brings together the wisdom and heritage of the Asian and Indian Philosophy of Wellness and Well-being. Rooted in ancient Indian healing knowledge, Jiva Spas derive inspiration and spirit from the holistic concept of living. There is a rich basket of fresh and unique experiences under the Jiva Spa umbrella of offering, Yoga and Meditation, mastered and disseminated by accomplished practitioners, authentic Ayurveda, and unique Taj signature treatments. Royal traditions of wellness in service experiences, holistic treatments involving body therapies, enlivening and meaningful rituals and ceremonies and unique natural products blended by hand, come together to offer a truly calming experience.
IHCL operates Taj Air, a luxury private jet operation with state-of-the-art Falcon 2000 aircrafts designed by Dassault Aviation, France; and Taj Yachts, two 3-bedroom luxury yachts which can be used by guests in Mumbai and Kochi, in Kerala.
IHCL also operates Taj Sats Air Catering Ltd., the largest airline catering service in South Asia, as a joint venture with Singapore Airport Terminal Services, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines.
Additionally, it operates the Indian Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad since 1993. The institute offers a three-year diploma, designed with the help of international faculty and has affiliations with several American and European programmes.
CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
As a part of Tatas; India's premier business house; we; at Taj Hotels, have always believed in society and environment being integral stakeholders in our business along with our shareholders, customers, vendors and others. Over the last decade, the movement towards ecologically sound tourism has gained urgency and importance across the globe and we recognize that responsible practices in vogue are as diverse as the geographies.
We promote corporate citizenship through our strategic public-private
partnerships which encourage building livelihoods of less-advantaged youth and
women. The causes we promote include reducing malnutrition, promoting indigenous
artisans and craftsmen and enhancing employability of identified target groups
by sharing our core competencies as a leading hospitality company. We encourage
training and development of differently abled youth.
We at Taj have the unique scope and opportunity to develop raw potential into a skilled workforce that is immediately employable by various players in the industry. A majority of our community projects are focused around extending our key strengths in food production, kitchen management, housekeeping, customer service and spas to promote economic empowerment of candidates from vulnerable socio-economic backgrounds. We are fully committed to the cause of building a sustainable environment by reducing the impact of our daily operations on the environment and improving operational efficiencies, resource conservation, reuse and recycling of key resources.
Our eight Corporate Sustainability Report (downloadable from here) has been submitted to United Nations Global Compact Society in August 2011. The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, safety & security, environment and anti-corruption. This Corporate Sustainability report also serves as our GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) as well as Triple Bottom Line report. The report focuses on identified priorities at IHCL and responds to key stakeholder needs. We plan to continue and further strengthen our commitment to the environment and societies in which we operate.
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In an endeavor to reinstate its vision and efforts to boost sustainable tourism, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces presented EARTH (Environment Awareness & Renewal at Taj Hotels) this year. Implementing schemes such as the Gangroti Glacier Clean-Up Expedition, as well as designated Earth rooms, which minimise environmental impact, Taj is one of Asia's largest group of hotels to commit to energy conservation and environmental management. EARTH has received certification from Green Globe, the only worldwide environmental certification program for travel and tourism.
The Taj began a century ago with a single landmark - The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai. Today, the various Taj hotels, in all their variety and historical richness, are recognised internationally as the symbols of true Indian hospitality. The Company's history is integral to India's emergence into the global business and leisure travel community; and looking to the future, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is well positioned to meet the increase in travel activity with the rapid expansion of the Indian economy.