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Hilton Worldwide (formerly, Hilton Hotels Corporation) is a global hospitality company. It is owned by the Blackstone Group, a private equity firm. As of January 2009 Hilton brands encompass 3,200 hotels with 545,000 rooms in 77 countries. Hilton is ranked as the 43rd largest private company in the United States by Forbes. Conrad Hilton founded the original company in 1919 with one hotel in Cisco, Texas. The Hotel's name is Mobley Hotel.
The Hotels Statler Company was acquired in 1954 for $111,000,000 in what was then the world's most expensive real estate transaction. The company separated its international operations into a separate traded company on December 1, 1964, known as Hilton International Co.. In 1967 Trans World Corp., the holding company for Trans World Airlines, acquired the separated company. In 1986 it was sold to UAL Corp., the holding company for United Airlines, who became Allegis Corp. in an attempt to re-incarnate itself as a full service travel company encompassing Westin Hotels and Hertz rental cars in addition to Hilton International and United Airlines. In 1987 after a corporate putsch, the renamed UAL Corp. sold Hilton International to Ladbroke Group plc, a British leisure and gambling company, which in May 1999 adopted the name Hilton Group plc.
The former Hilton Hotels Corporation headquarters in Beverly Hills
As a result, there were two separate, fully independent companies operating hotels under the Hilton name. Those Hilton Hotels outside the US were, until recently, styled as Hilton International hotels. In addition, for many years hotels run by the Hilton Group in the US were called Vista International Hotels, while hotels operated by the American arm of Hilton outside the US were named Conrad Hotels. The Vista chain has been phased out, while Conrad is now restyled as one of the luxury brands of Hilton (along with The Waldorf-Astoria Collection) and operates hotels within the US, as well as abroad. To minimize consumer confusion, the American and British Hilton companies, from the 1990s onwards, had a joint marketing agreement under which they shared the same logos, promoted each others' brands and maintained joint reservation systems.
In 1971, Hilton acquired International Leisure Company, including the Las Vegas Hilton and Flamingo Hilton.
In 1998, Hilton spun off its gaming operations into a separate, publicly held company called Caesars Entertainment (formerly Park Place Entertainment).
In 1999, Hilton acquired Promus Hotel Corporation, which included the Doubletree, Red Lion, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, & Homewood Suites brands.
In 2001, Hilton agreed to sell Red Lion to WestCoast Hospitality.
HHC was granted the naming rights to the George R. Brown Convention Center in late 2003. The Hilton Americas in Downtown Houston, Texas, is connected to the convention center.
On December 29, 2005, Hilton Hotels Corporation agreed to re-acquire the Hilton International chain from its British owner, Hilton Group plc, for GBP 3.3 billion (or $5.71 billion). As well as bringing the two Hilton companies back together as a single entity, this deal also included Hilton plc properties operating as Conrad Hotels, Scandic Hotels and LivingWell Health Clubs. On February 23, 2006, the deal closed, making Hilton Hotels the world's fifth largest hotel operator in number of rooms. Hilton Group PLC (headquartered in the UK) then renamed itself Ladbrokes plc.
On March 1, 2007, Scandic Hotels was sold to EQT V Group.
On July 3, 2007, Hilton Hotels Corp. agreed to an all-cash buyout from The Blackstone Group LP in a $20.1 billion deal that would make Blackstone the world's largest hotel owner. The private equity group said it would combine cash from its real estate and corporate private equity funds to buy all outstanding Hilton shares for $47.50 each, a 32 percent premium over the July 3 closing stock price. The companies valued the deal at $26 billion including debt.
In October 2007, Christopher J. Nassetta was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Hilton.
In February 2009, Hilton Hotels Corp., announced that its headquarters were moving from its three buildings on Civic Center Drive in Beverly Hills to Fairfax County, Virginia, located between Washington, D.C. and Dulles International Airport. Just across the Potomac River is Montgomery County, Maryland, home to a number of Hilton's competitors including Marriott International, Ritz-Carlton, Host Hotels & Resorts, and Choice Hotels, and was also considered for the relocation along with Washington. The move was expected following to the 2007 acquisition, in order for the headquarters to be nearer to The Blackstone Group's New York headquarters.  Brands
800 of the company's hotels operate under franchise agreements. was retained by IHG until December 2005. Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza. when IHG sold its interest in the company by an initial public offering. to handle restaurant assets and IHG to focus on hotels and soft drinks. they purchased Holiday Inn International from Kemmons Wilson. and has over 4. holding company InterContinental Hotels Corporation was sold to UKbased company Grand Metropolitan. As GrandMet focused it core business and expanded into fast food through the purchase of Burger King. IHG was created in 2003 after Six Continents PLC split into two daughter companies: Mitchells and Butlers PLC.  ICH merger formation In March 1998. Around 3.  InterContinental Main article: InterContinental The InterContinental brand began in 1946 as part of Pan American Airways under Juan Trippe.3 billion and changed its name to Six Continents PLC. NYSE: IHG) is a global hotels company headquartered in Denham. . ICH was sold to fund the restructure in 1988 to Japanese based Saison Group. the company's soft drinks division. Britvic. the company sold its brewing assets (and the rights to the Bass name) to the major Belgian brewer Interbrew for £2.000 as of January 2010). In 2000. It is the largest hotels company in the world measured by number of rooms (with 646. their red triangle trademark was the first registered in the United Kingdom.500 hotels in over 100 countries. United Kingdom. In 1989. In 1981. expanding themselves into North America. so Bass began to grow their small line of hotels. around 630 are managed by the Bass Hotels InterContinental Hotels Group can be traced back to 1777 when William Bass established the Bass Brewery in Burton-upon-Trent. Saison Group sold IHC to Bass.InterContinental Hotels Group InterContinental Hotels Group plc (IHG) (LSE: IHG. when the first hotel opened in Belem. In 1876. Its brands include InterContinental. the British Government limited the number of pubs brewers could directly own. In 1990. Brazil.
manages over 510 and owns only 18. This is not an unusual arrangement in the hotel industry. and has a different risk profile. primarily to its partners. IHG currently operates and/or franchises hotels in the following countries: An IHG hotel in Hanoi. while leaving investment in real property.200 hotels. it sells its expertise in hotel management. That is. As of 2007 it franchises over 3. The owned hotels do however include many of the key properties of company's flagship InterContinental brand. requires different skills. Operations IHG is primarily engaged in managing hotels owned by other parties and in franchising its hotel brands. and marketing. Vietnam Andorra Argentina Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahrain Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Bulgaria Cambodia Canada Chile China . which is far more capital intensive. systems.
Colombia Costa Rica Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Dominican Republic Egypt El Salvador England Eritrea Fiji Finland France French Polynesia Germany Ghana Greece Guatemala Honduras Hungary India Indonesia Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan .
Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Korea. Republic of Kuwait Lebanon Libya Lithuania Macedonia Malaysia Maldives Malta Mauritius Mexico Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Oman Pakistan Palestinian National Authority Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland .
Portugal Puerto Rico Qatar Romania Russia Saudi Arabia Scotland Serbia Singapore Slovakia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Thailand Trinidad & Tobago Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay US Virgin Islands Uzbekistan Venezuela .
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Jr. Marriott International and Host Marriott Corporation. The changes were completed in 2003. Marriott International has about 3.. Marriott spent $331 million to take over the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta and buy a majority interest in two properties owned by William Johnson. In 2002 Marriott International began a major restructuring by spinning off many Senior Living Services Communities (which is now part of Sunrise Senior Living) and Marriott Distribution Services. Singapore Marriott Hotel Marriott was founded by J. They later expanded their enterprises into a chain of restaurants and hotels. In April 1995. Today. Marriott International believed that it could increase sales and profit margins at the Ritz. As a Mormon missionary in the sweltering. has led the company to spectacular worldwide growth.C. The Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington. Marriott was convinced that what the city needed was a such a place to get a cool drink. Marriott International acquired a 49% interest in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC. so that it could focus on hotel ownership and management.C.150 lodging properties located in the United States and 67 other countries and territories. The next year. Maryland Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere.W. humid summers in Washington D. (Bill) Marriott. Virginia is Marriott International s longest operating hotel. J. The cost of Marriott's initial investment was estimated to be about $200 million in cash and assumed debt. a troubled chain with a significant number of properties either losing money or barely breaking even. Marriott International was formed in 1992 when Marriott Corporation split into two companies. a real estate . and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. Their son and current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.Marriott International History Marriott International headquarters in the Bethesda area of unincorporated Montgomery County. Willard Marriott in 1927 when he and his wife opened a root beer stand in Washington D.
Marriott International and Marriott Vacation Club International comprised two of the 53 entities that contributed the maximum of $250. such as being able to take advantage of the parent company's reservation system and buying power. public space and employee work areas. restaurants. 2006. Bush. On July 19. lounges. There were other benefits for Ritz-Carlton flowing from its relationship with Marriott. By 1999 revenues from the 35 hotels it operated around the world totaled about $1. which also lent its own inhouse expertise in certain areas. The Ritz began expansion into the lucrative timeshare market among other new initiatives made financially possible by the deep pockets of Marriott."  Terrorist attacks . The partnership was solidified in 1998 when Marriott boosted its interest in Ritz-Carlton to 99 percent.4 billion. 2004 to Cendant. "The new policy includes all guest rooms. Marriott announced that all lodging buildings they operate in the United States and Canada would become non-smoking beginning September 2006.developer who had purchased the Ritz-Carlton Boston in 1983 and expanded his Ritz holdings over the next twenty years. Marriott International owned Ramada International Hotels & Resorts until its sale on September 15. It is the first hotel chain to serve food that is completely free of trans fats at all of its North American properties.000 to the second inauguration of President George W. In 2005. meeting rooms.
The name "Ramada" is derived from the Spanish term "rama" (meaning branch) and was applied to temporary open air structures called Ramadas that were made of brush or branches (similar to an arbor) and were popular in Arizona during harvest time. most of these are now rebranded under various other names but a few original Ramada Inns of that colonial design continue as franchises of the chain today including hotels at Topeka. in addition to all-brick architecture. However. and their three children. who owned the New York Yankees and went on to establish his own lodging chain. Max Sherman of Chicago. like his contemporary." Through its early years until the early 1970s. Hiway House. swimming pools and on-premises restaurants. Massachusetts. .S. air conditioning. He saw the possibility in the developing market for a chain of roadside motor hotels conveniently located along major highways which would provide lodgings with hotel-like quality at near-motel rates plus amenities such as TV. and Del Webb of Phoenix. Arizona in 1954 and set up its headquarters in Phoenix. These are the properties that have the classic triple pillars and white overhang in the front of the hotel. Isbell's brother-in-law. Isbell (1905 1988) and a group of investors including Michael Robinson of McAllen. Ramada opened its first hotel a 60-room facility on U. and Seekonk. the founder of the Holiday Inn hotel chain. Texas. Isbell noted the substandard quality of roadside motor courts along US highways at the time. Mr. in 1956. Kansas. Texas who later went on to start Rodeway Inns in the early 1960s. On that trip. a produce operator dubbed "The Tomato King". Route 66 at Flagstaff. where the chain built the Sahara Hotel on North 1st Street downtown in 1956 (which later became the Ramada Inn Downtown) and a 300-room Ramada Inn in the 3800 block of East Van Buren in 1958 that would become the chain's flagship property and headquarters. a typical Ramada Inn was built of colonial Williamsburg-style architecture to set their hotels apart from the standardized architectural designs used by competitors such as Holiday Inn and Howard Johnson's. Isbell. Company websites commonly refer to the structure as a "shady resting place. Ingrid. devised the idea of building and operating a chain of roadside motor hotels while he was on a cross-country trip with his wife. Kemmons Wilson. Other original investors of Ramada Inns included Bill Helsing. Chicago attorneys Ezra Ressman and Mort Levin. and Frank Lichtenstein and Robert Rosow of San Antonio. Arizona.Ramada History The lodging chain was founded in 1954 by longtime Chicago restaurateur Marion W.
though the franchised hotels continue to include on-premises dining facilities. from its start in the 1950s until around 1976. Ramada Limited . Some Ramada Limiteds consist of rooms mixed with suites. Ramada had branded on-site restaurants and lounges. Ramada changed to a revised. a holding company created by Isbell to oversee Ramada's various divisions including hotel operations. Inc. Ramada Pancake Cottage and Chez Bon. the chain's logo was a simple rounded rectangle that read "Ramada Inn" in the same gothic Western style lettering of the original design. or are entirely suites. dubbed "Uncle Ben". typically with no on-site restaurant. Ramada developed a chain of restaurants. similar to the Howard Johnson's restaurants. when he resigned the presidency and turned it over to his son.Ramada's logo. By the late '70s. . William M. Under Isbell's leadership. which were located inside the hotels. behind industry leader Holiday Inn. Isbell would serve as Ramada's president and CEO until 1981. as well as other names used by individual local Ramada Inn franchises. The chain at one point was owned by Ramada Inns. He sported an apron (later a suit and tie) and held a top hat in one hand and in the other hand. and equipment purchasing. rounded rectangular design with more modern lettering (see top logo in upper right sidebar). From 1982 to 2004. William M. Ramada grew into one of the nation's largest lodging chains during the 1960s and 1970s with 100 Ramada Inns in operation by 1964.  Hotel tiers The chain offers different hotel "tiers" based on price and services offered. on a Ramada Inn swizzle stick. a red trumpeted banner that read "Ramada Inn Roadside Hotels". real estate. Also during the 1970s.S. The senior Isbell continued as the chain's CEO until his retirement in 1972 and then chairman of the board until 1979. the friendly and balding Uncle Ben. featured a friendly bald innkeeper. From 1976 to 1982. which grew to 250 in 1970 and nearly 650 by 1976. The companyowned Ramada restaurants became defunct in 1990. Ramada ranked as the second largest hotel chain in the U.budget-oriented properties.. Here. Ramada expanded into worldwide operation by opening new hotels in various European nations and on other continents. Marion W. Isbell. In the early days. Ramada operated them under various names including Uncle Ben's Kitchen. franchising. though a pool and deluxe continental breakfast are standard. Isbell served as president and CEO of Ramada until 1970.
 Ramada's entry in luxury hotel. room service.  Split of hotel. It tightened the quality standards of the remaining franchised inns and hotels while plunging further into the casino and luxury hotel market and leaving behind its old image as a chain of roadside hotels. to manage some of its casino operations. fullrestaurants. which is now the Renaissance Hotel chain owned by Marriott International. casino markets Around 1980 the company formed a division. and a few are entirely suites. Missouri were spun off to a new company called Aztar Corporation. which was sold to Choice Hotels in 1990. Ramada Resorts . Ramada's move into the luxury hotel market led to the establishment of its Ramada Renaissance chain in 1982. As the lodging business suffered from the devastating effects of the early 1980s recession. Ramada entered the budget/economy lodging market with its purchase of Rodeway Inns. If there is no restaurant on site.full-service properties with swimming pools. this changed quickly to a new deal where shareholders would receive $1 per share plus one share of Aztar Corporation. Nevada. However. enhanced room service.Ramada Inn/Inn & Suites/Suites . Some hotels have mixed rooms and suites. In the original deal for the gaming business Ramada shareholders were supposed to get $7 in cash per share plus half a share of the new Aztar Corporation. Ramada retrenched some of its operations by selling off its older company-owned hotels as well as dropping some older and less profitable franchisees.the name Adamar had been used by the chain as early as 1970 for Ramada's hotel supply division). Ramada Inns. Casino Aztar Evansville in Evansville. In the late 1990s Ramada was sold to Cendant Corporation of New York City. exercise rooms. in 1989 decided to split its hotel/restaurant businesses and its gaming businesses. a convenience store is usually on the premises. and free breakfast items. Inc. these are full-service hotels with room service. Ramada Hotel/Hotel & Suites/Hotel & Resort -found only in Canada and international destinations. located in tourist destinations and high-traffic locations. a full-service restaurant. casino operations In an attempt to revive the company's lagging business.lower "upscale" properties offering business centers. Nevada as well as the Ramada Express in Laughlin. Many of the international hotels also offer suites in addition to rooms. and a few have a resort and hotel together. Indiana and Casino Aztar Caruthersville in Caruthersville. and fully-developed fitness centers. . and concierges at many locations. Adamar of New Jersey (Ramada spelled backwards . Ramada Plaza . In 1987. The Ramada hotels and restaurants were sold for $540 million to New World Development Company and the gaming business which included Tropicana Casino Resort Atlantic City and the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.found in international locations outside the USA.
They currently operate 42 hotels around England. and Canada. . Under Cendant/Wyndham ownership Under Cendant's (and now Wyndham's) ownership. They operate corporately as "Ramada Jarvis hotels". but is known locally for its use of the humorous Uncle Ben vintage logo and idiosyncratic abbreviation of the word "kilometre" on its signage. Outside of the U. However. In the United Kingdom. giving Cendant the worldwide rights to the Ramada name. including Ramada. Ramada franchises Ramada Inn.S. Ramada Limited. Ramada International was purchased by Cendant. in 2004. Ramada Inn is a traditional motel in Parkville. They currently operate 42 three and four star hotels in England. Melbourne affiliated with the Australian "Golden Chain" group of hotels and motels. In the United Kingdom. Jarvis Hotels Ltd are the largest franchisee of the Ramada brand. In 2006. It underwent extensive renovation recently.  International In Australia. Ramada hotels are owned and operated or franchised by Ramada International. Scotland and Wales. these are properties that are historic buildings previously owned by local business magnates and in beautiful landscaped gardens. Ramada owns the Jarvis chain of hotels. which was owned by hotel operator Marriott International. Ramada itself no longer directly or indirectly owns or operates any of the Ramada hotels. Cendant spun off its hotel operations. Scotland and Wales and deal only with three and four star hotels. to Wyndham Worldwide. Ramada International remains separate from the Ramada operations in the United States and Canada. under the name "Ramada Jarvis". Six of the properties are bannered as Country Collection hotels. Ramada Plaza and Ramada Suites in the United States and Canada.
the Taj Group continued to expand its geographic and market coverage in India. the Company began a long term programme of geographic expansion and development of new tourist destinations in India which led to its emergence as a leading hotel chain in India.TAJ HOTEL The Company was incorporated in 1902 and it opened its first hotel. The Company then undertook major expansion of The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. Vivanta by Taj . With the opening of the five star deluxe hotel Taj Bengal in Kolkata in 1989. St. Mumbai. in 1977. Delhi. the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur and Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Goa.President. London. Kolkatta.Fort Aguada. The Taj Group has been active in converting former royal palaces in India into world class luxury hotels such as the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. In 1974. the Taj Group has played an important role in launching several of India's key tourist destinations. Bangalore. During the 1990s. The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. Bangalore and Chennai. the Taj Sheba Hotel in Sana'a. Yemen and in the late 1980s. opening the five-star deluxe hotel Taj Coromandel in Chennai in 1974. the Vivanta by Taj . With the completion of its initial public offering in the early 1970s. Chennai and Savoy Hotel. the Taj Group took its first step internationally by opening its first hotel outside India. The Taj Group also began its business in metropolitan hotels in the 1970s. a business hotel in Mumbai. the Taj Group became the only hotel chain with a presence in the five major metropolitan cities of Mumbai. James Court. In 1984. It developed specialized operations (such as wildlife lodges) and consolidated its position in established markets through the upgrading of existing properties and development of new properties. acquired interests in the Crown Plaza. the Taj Group also expanded its business hotels division in the major metropolitan and large secondary cities in India. acquiring an equity interest and operating contract for the Vivanta by Taj . with which the Taj Group made its foray into Bangalore. the Taj Group acquired under a license agreement each of The Taj West End. The Taj Group has a philosophy of service excellence which entails providing consistently high levels of personalized service and innovative means of improving service quality. From the 1970s to the present day.Connemara. and opening the Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi in 1978. Mumbai by constructing an adjacent tower block and increasing the number of rooms from 225 to 565 rooms. Taj Kerala Hotels & Resorts Limited was . Concurrently with the expansion of its luxury hotel chain in the major metropolitan cities. In 1980. the Taj Group opened India's first international five star deluxe beach resort. London and 51 Buckingham Gate Luxury Suites and Apartments in London. working in close association with the Indian Government. Ooty. in 1903.
the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower.Bentota which strengthened the Taj Group's market position in Sri Lanka. Gwalior in October 2002. and has established itself as an up-market hotel in the Middle East region. The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa. The Company. Dubai. The hotel has since been renamed as the Taj Lands End. has won several international awards. . The Company enhanced its position as an operator of converted palaces by entering into a management contract for Umaid Bhawan Palace. In 1998 the Taj Group opened the Vivanta by Taj .set up in the early 1990s along with the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. its first luxury serviced apartment in Mumbai. In 2000. In 2000. Jodhpur in the princely state of Rajasthan in India. In the same year. In 2005 the Company acquired on lease The Pierre. In 2001. which division has 11 hotels in various locations in India and is owned through its wholly owned subsidiary. Woolloomooloo Bay . Maldives launched the Taj Group into the premium luxury hotel market and since its opening in July 2002. Goa and the Vivanta by Taj .Hari Mahal. the Taj Group entered into a partnership with the GVK Reddy Group to set up Taj GVK Hotels and Resorts Limited and thereby obtained a prominent position in the market in the southern business city of Hyderabad. Jodhpur were completed. The Company entered into a management contract for Taj Exotica in Palm Island Jumeirah in Dubai to expand its existing presence in the United Arab Emirates. the Taj Group took on the management contract of Taj Palace Hotel. through a subsidiary. the Rawal-Kot. Mumbai. holding three hotels and a major share of the market. a renowned hotel in New York City. In September 2002. the Taj Group acquired an equity interest in the former Regent Hotel in Bandra which gave the Taj Group access to the midtown and North Mumbai market. the Company acquired in early 2007 Ritz Carlton in Boston and Taj Campton Place in San Francisco. The Taj Group also obtained licenses to manage and operate two leisure hotels. the Taj Group also launched the first of its "value-for-money" hotels in Bangalore branded 'Ginger'. to enter the luxury end of the developed hotel markets internationally. Australia in February 2006 and renamed it as Blue. the Company celebrated the centenary of the opening of its Flagship hotel. Jaisalmer and Usha Kiran Palace. In 2004 the Taj Group opened Wellington Mews. the launch of the 56 acre Taj Exotica. To expand its presence in the US market. In 2003. acquired the erstwhile W hotel in Sydney. Mumbai.
the "Taj Bengal. A consolidation of the Transferor Companies and the Company was therefore expected to lead to greater synergy in operations. Gateway Hotels and Getaway Resorts Limited." 1990 The Company establishes the Taj Kerala Hotels and Resorts Limited with the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. Dubai. 1989 The Company opens a five star deluxe hotel in Calcutta. 1984 The Company entered into a licence agreement to operate the "Taj West End" in Bangalore. 2006. a more efficient utilisation of capital and create a stronger base for future growth of business in general and the Company in particular. The Company begins business in metropolitan hotels by opening the five star deluxe hotel. Scheme of Amalgamation ("Scheme") On October 12. Chennai" and the "Savoy" in Ooty. The amalgamation was expected to result in administrative rationalization. Kuteeram Resorts Private Limited. the "Taj Mahal Palace" in Mumbai. under Sections 391 to 394 of the Companies Act for the for the amalgamation of Indian Resorts Hotel Limited. Asia Pacific Hotels Limited. India. Yemen. organizational efficiencies. "Vivanta by Taj . Maldives. and optimal utilization of various resources.Hotels operated by the Taj Group internationally are located in US. 1974 The Company opens its first five star deluxe beach resort. Yemen and Zambia. the Board of Directors of the Company approved the Scheme. the "Taj Sheba Hotel" in Sana'a. Australia. The Scheme was approved by the respective High Courts. the United Kingdom. Taj Lands End Limited (Transferor Companies) with the Company. Milestones achieved by the Company since incorporation are listed below: Year Event 1903 The Company opens its first hotel.Connamera. 1980 The Company opens its first hotel outside India. Malaysia. Goa". Sri Lanka. . Rationale for the Scheme of Amalgamation The Transferor Companies and the Company were engaged in the leisure and business hotels as part of the Taj group of hotels. the "Taj Coramandel" in Chennai. the "Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada.
" ." 2003 The Company relaunches its flag ship property as the "Taj Mahal Palace and Tower. Australia which is later renamed as the "Blue Sydney". 2001 Dubai. USA which is later renamed as the "Taj Boston. 2002 The Company obtains licences to manage and operate two leisure hotels: the "Rawal-Kot" in Jaisalmer and the "Usha Kiran Palace". Dubai. The Company is awarded the management contract for the "Taj Palace". USA. The Company commences operation of its first wildlife lodge at Mahua Kothi. The Company launches the "Taj Exotica Spa and Resort" in Maldives. Sri Lanka." 2004 The Company launches its first luxury serviced apartments.Bentota" in Bentota. Gwalior. The Company opens its first economy hotel under the brand "Ginger" in Bangalore. The Company acquires an equity interest in "Regent Hotel" in Bandra.1998 The Company opens the "Vivanta by Taj . Mumbai which is later renamed as the "Taj Land End. "Wellington Mews" in Mumbai. 2007 The Company acquires the "Ritz-Carlton" in Boston. The Company obtained the operating agreement for the "Umaid Bhavan Palace" in Jodhpur. 2005 The Company obtains a management contract to operate "The Pierre" in New York. Bandhavgarh. Jumeirah. 2006 The Company acquires the "W" hotel in Sydney. 2000 The Company establishes Taj GVK Hotels and Resorts Limited with the GVK group to operate three hotels in Hyderabad. The Company entered into a management contract to operate the "Taj Exotica" in Palm Island.
Taj Tashi Bhutan. signed a management contract with Cuiting Hotspring Hotel Management Company Ltd. 500 room luxury resort hotel which will be in a spectacular waterfront location on ALDAR's mega entertainment destination.. The Taj Mahal Hotel. New Delhi unveils Delhi s first contemporary Japanese restaurant WASABI by Morimoto . Pench. Banjaar Tola. Taj Hotels and the Tashi Group join hands to create the new benchmark for premium hotels in Bhutan . Taj will operate the latter s Temple of Heaven Park property in Beijing and the Hainan Hotel project. United Arab Emirates. 2008 Taj's flagship property in the United Kingdom.The Company commences operation of its second wildlife lodge at Baghvan. Quilon has received the ultimate culinary accolade . MA sponsoring the 2nd annual Taj Boston Cup.a Michelin star. The Taj Safaris circuit will be complete in Madhya Pradesh with the addition of two more luxury lodges in Panna. . Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces won 2 prestigious awards at The 2008 World Travel Awards: 1) Rajput Suite at The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. Taj International Hong Kong Ltd. Taj Suites and Residence s South Indian restaurant. ALDAR Hotels and Hospitality and Taj Hotels enter into an exclusive agreement involving a number of hotel projects. India won India s Leading Suite. Taj Safaris unveiled two new luxury lodges: Pashan Garh and Banjaar Tola which will be the third and fourth lodges added to the Taj Safari circuit. Taj Hotels Partner with Saraya Islands to Operate Taj Exotica Hotel in Ras Al Khaimah. Taj Boston celebrates the 120th season of summer polo matches at the Myopia Polo Club in Hamilton. YAS Island. The first hotel to be developed by ALDAR Hotels and Hospitality under the agreement is a five-star. Pashan Garh and Kanha. 51 Buckingham Gate. 2) Taj Lake Palace. Udaipur awarded India s Leading Castle & Palace.
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces Introduces Telepresence Services in Collaboration with Tata Communications. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces unveiled a premium business hotel Vivanta by Taj Trivandrum. the only restaurant to be honoured the coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2008 from America's leading wine appreciation magazine Wine Spectator. Jaipur have been included among The 101 Best Spas in The World Tatler Spa Guide 2008. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. launched a new brand The Gateway Hotel . Kerala." Taj Boston in cooperation with Susan Cole of Boston Assemblies launches Social Style for Children. Bangalore. The Taj Mahal Hotel launches VARQ. . Taj Hotels Resorts and Places has ranked No. the World's Top 100 and Overseas Leisure Hotel in Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Graze. Gwalior and the Rambagh Palace. the Modern European dining restaurant at Vivanta by Taj . Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces have won the Condé Nast Traveller UK in 10th Readers' Travel Awards. " Taj Boston is the First United States Hotel and 51 Buckingham Gate is the First UK Hotel introducing Cisco TelePresence Rooms for Public Use Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces in collaboration with Tata Communications and Cisco. 1 in the Best Hotel Chain in India category at the Business Traveller Awards 2008. Taj's luxury properties have been recognised within the following categories: Overseas Business Hotel. The spas at the Usha Kiran Palace. The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower.M G Road. Mumbai was under siegh during the 26/11 Mumbai Terror attacks. These etiquette programs for children provide easy access to the social skills essential in daily life. Enters into a Management contract with Dodla Intenational Limited.
The Taj Group set up a public service welfare Trust fund named . 268 rooms will be available. It also launches three brand new restaurants . Udaipur. the Police. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces unveiled a new world-class premium hotel in Chennai Taj Mount Road. Bangalore . The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower reopens the rooms in the The Taj Mahal Tower. where many people from the security forces. 2008.The Taj Boston was named the best hotel in Boston and for the second year in a row ranked #22 among the world's top 100 hotels in the latest survey of hotels worldwide by Institutional Investor magazine. Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces announced the opening of their 'Upper Upscale' brand in Bangalore. The hotel bears a new name and identity: Vivanta by Taj . The Gateway Hotel Athwa Lines Surat has added a new block of rooms to take up its inventory to 208 making it the largest hotel in Gujarat. hotel employees. The Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces 'No room for the Ordinary' advertising campaign for the print media bagged the 2008 PATA Gold Award in the Marketing Hospitality category and also won a second award the 2008 Gold Magellan Award. .Whitefield. which include 9 Suites and 26 Taj Club Rooms. In response to the unprecedented attack on Mumbai between November 26 to 29. "Spice" an Indian specialty restaurant and "T3" a Tea lounge and Deli. Taj launches The Jiva Spa Boat at Taj Lake Palace. On December 21st. Exclusive services to commemorate the special occasion of the hotel's reopening have been introduced with the opening of the Tower Wing. With the announcement of its forthcoming reopening. guests of the Taj and general public were killed or wounded.Taj Public Service Welfare Trust (TPS Welfare Trust). The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower provides further details on the reopening of the Tower Wing. Fire service."Flow" the all day dining restaurant.
Le Caprice at The Pierre. 2009. Taj launches Vivanta by Taj. Taj Safaris open doors of its new luxury lodge. The Taj Residency Ummed in Ahmedabad migrated to The Gateway Hotels portfolio. making this its third property in Gujarat and the 31st Gateway hotel in India. and a graciously welcoming reception area. for Rs. Coral Reef.2009 Taj Lake Palace. slotted in the "upper upscale" segment. Goa". General Manager. the company which holds a long term sub-lease for the land on which the Sea Rock Hotel is located in Bandra. Indian Hotels Company Limited announced that it is going to acquire a controlling stake in ELEL. "Vivanta by Taj Panaji. 2009 at the Virtuoso "Best of the Best" Hotel Awards held in Las Vegas recently during the Virtuoso's 21st Annual Travel Mart Conference. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces introduces Kefi .the Mediterranean restaurant at Taj Mount Road. . Banjaar Tola. as well as 2 East. at Kanha National Park from February 18. Maldives. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces announce their new premium hotel. Mumbai has been awarded the prestigious Virtuoso Hotelier of the Year Award. Mumbai. Karambir Singh Kang. The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. re-opens on June 1 following a meticulous $100 million renovation to create new guestroom and bath interiors and to reconfigure first floor public areas to accommodate a new restaurant. The Pierre. a new lobby lounge. 680 crores. Udaipur voted as the winner of the Editor's Choice Award 2008 for Gallivanter's Guide. Taj Boston awarded 2009 Mobil Four-Star honors in recognition of its gracious and efficient service and luxurious accommodations and public spaces.
The Taj Palace launches Blue Ginger thus introducing Vietnamese cuisine to the Delhi. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives has challenged to protect the natural tropical flora and fauna and surrounding blue waters of Emboodhu Finolhu island. Jaipur has been voted the Best Hotel in the World by Condé Nast Traveller in the Readers Travel Awards for 2009 across travel and industry categories.12) and 'location' (96.Taj Lands End introduces 125 new rooms comprising 107 Taj Club rooms and 18 Suites. There were multi faith prayers held for peace and harmony.The signature Specialty Schezwan restaurant in the city. Africa & the Indian Ocean Islands in the Condé Nast Readers' Awards 2009. The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. Rambagh Palace. The standalone hotel.5) of all hotels in the category. in the World Top 100. The Gateway Hotels has signed a management contract to set up a 125 room hotel on a 16-acre prime location in Shirdi. It also tops the list of 'Overseas Leisure Hotels for Asia and the Indian sub-continent'. was migrated to the brand The Gateway Hotel Jodhpur. Scoring an overall 95. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives has been ranked 18th best Overseas Leisure Hotel in Middle East. On 26th of November 2009. . This is the third Gateway property in Rajasthan after Jaisalmer and Jaipur and the 33rd property in the country overall. Rambagh Palace has the 'best ambience/décor' (98. previously known as the Ummeid Jodhpur. Mumbai saw the coming together of employees and families of staff members. increasing the inventory to 493 rooms.62. for a remembrance meeting that paid respects to those who lost their lives last year. Taj Palace introduces 'The Blue Bar'. Taj Coromandel relaunches Golden Dragon .
2009 at Srinagar with SAIFCO Hill Crest Hotels Pvt. Chandrassekaran. A management contract for a hotel under the upper upscale brand Vivanta by Taj was signed on. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Government of India. Vivanta by Taj President. in Jammu and Kashmir. Mumbai reopened their doors on Dec 3. 2010 The Umaid Bhawan Palace. The Indian Hotels Company Ltd announces its foray into Srinagar. The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower.Hari Mahal. an exclusive hotel group comprising four of Switzerland's leading luxury hotels have entered into a strategic joint marketing alliance to develop cross-promotional opportunities for both companies to harness each other's strengths in their respective markets.The Taj celebrates the opening of Taj Khazana at Taj Lands End. Executive Chef.Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives and Taj West End Bangalore at the Leading Hotels of the World Annual Convention held in Venice. Bangalore has been awarded as 'Best Chef in India' in the National Tourism Awards 2008-2009 by The Ministry of Tourism. Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces has been recognised for its excellence and service for its properties . Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces announced the opening of Taj Cape Town. This new luxury hotel in the historic city of Cape Town is a joint venture between Indian Hotels Company Ltd and city centre developers Euro cape. The legendary Wasabi and the historical Harbour Bar at The The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. . and VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU COLLECTION. with the investment in the project topping R500 million. part of a well-known business house in the state. its first signature boutique store in Mumbai. 10. Mumbai and Corporate Chef Taj Group of Hotels along with Chef V. 2009. Vivanta by Taj . Chef Ananda Solomon. Jodhpur won the award in 'Hotel Providing Best Facilities for Differently Abled guest' category.K. Mumbai announced the reopening of the iconic restaurant Golden Dragon on the 25th of November 2009. Jodhpur has been voted the Hotel Of The Year by the Gallivanter's Guide Editor s Choice Awards. one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels. Executive Chef Taj West End. December. Italy in November 2009. Ltd.
with the unveiling the foundation stone for Vivanta by Taj . Government of India.The Indian Hotels Company Ltd announced a new hotel in North-East India. Indian Hotels Company Limited has been recognised for its employment engagement at the workplace and is one of the 25 organisations to win the 'Gallup Great Workplace 2010' awards announced by The Gallup Organization. in the iconic Heritage Wing of the property on the March 30th . The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. The Indian Hotel Company Limitied was chosen by the Credit Suisse Research Institute as one of the 27 'Great Brands of Tomorrow'. The Gateway Hotel Beach Road Calicut has been voted India's Best Five Star Hotel in the National Tourism Awards 2008-2009 by The Ministry of Tourism. 2010. Mumbai announced the reopening of the elegant and legendary Ballroom.Guwahati. . Assam.
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