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Introduction and Overview

The Company was incorporated in 1902 and it opened its first hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai, in 1903. The Company then undertook major expansion of The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai by constructing an adjacent tower block and increasing the number of rooms from 225 to 565 rooms. With the completion of its initial public offering in the early 1970s, 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. From the 1970s to the present day, the Taj Group has played an important role in launching several of India's key tourist destinations, working in close association with the Indian Government. 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. 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, the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur and Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. In 1974, the Taj Group opened India's first international five star deluxe beach resort, the Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa. The Taj Group also began its business in metropolitan hotels in the 1970s, opening the five-star deluxe hotel Taj Coromandel in Chennai in 1974, acquiring an equity interest and operating contract for theVivanta by Taj - President, a business hotel in Mumbai, in 1977, and opening the Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi in 1978. In 1980, the Taj Group took its first step internationally by opening its first hotel outside India, the Taj Sheba Hotel in Sana'a, Yemen and in the late 1980s, acquired interests in the Crown Plaza, London, St. James Court, Londonand 51 Buckingham Gate Luxury Suites and Apartments in London. In 1984, the Taj Group acquired under a license agreement each of The Taj West End, Bangalore, Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai and Savoy Hotel, Ooty, with which the Taj Group made its foray into Bangalore. With the opening of the five star deluxe hotel Taj Bengal in Kolkata in 1989; the Taj Group became the only hotel chain with a presence in the five major metropolitan cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkatta, Bangalore and Chennai. Concurrently with the expansion of its luxury hotel chain in the major metropolitan cities, the Taj Group also expanded its business hotels division in the major metropolitan and large secondary cities in India. During the 1990s, the Taj Group continued to expand its geographic and market coverage in India. 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. Taj Kerala Hotels & Resorts Limited was set up in the early 1990s along with the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. In 1998 the Taj Group opened the Vivanta by Taj - Bentota which strengthened the Taj Group's market position in Sri Lanka. In 2000, the launch of the 56 acre Taj Exotica, Goa and the Vivanta by Taj - Hari Mahal, Jodhpur were completed. In 2000, 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, holding three hotels and a major share of the market. In 2001, the Taj Group took on the management contract of Taj Palace Hotel, Dubai, and has established itself as an up-market hotel in the Middle East region. The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives launched the Taj Group into the premium luxury hotel market and since its opening in July 2002, has won several international awards. The Taj Group also obtained licenses to manage and operate two leisure hotels; theRawalKot, Jaisalmer and Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior in October 2002. 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 hotel has since been renamed as the Taj Lands End, Mumbai. In 2003, the Company celebrated the centenary of the opening of its Flagship hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai. In 2004 the Taj Group opened Wellington Mews, its first luxury serviced apartment in Mumbai. In the same year, the Taj Group also launched the first of its "value-for-money" hotels in Bangalore branded 'Ginger', which division has 11 hotels in various locations in India and is owned through its wholly owned subsidiary. In 2005 the Company acquired on lease The Pierre, a renowned hotel in New York City, to enter the luxury end of the developed hotel markets internationally. 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 Company enhanced its position as an operator of converted palaces by entering into a management contract for Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur in the princely state of Rajasthan in India. The Company, through a subsidiary, acquired the erstwhile „W‟ hotel in Sydney, Australia in February 2006 and renamed it as „Blue, Woolloomooloo Bay‟. To expand its presence in the US market, the Company acquired in early 2007

1980 1984 1989 1990 1998 2000 The Company opens its first hotel outside India. organizational efficiencies. the "Taj Sheba Hotel" in Sana'a. The Company opens the "Vivanta by Taj ." The Company establishes the Taj Kerala Hotels and Resorts Limited with the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. Goa".Bentota" in Bentota. Yemen. 2002 .Connamera." The Company launches its first luxury serviced apartments. Asia Pacific Hotels Limited. The Company is awarded the management contract for the "Taj Palace". The Company opens its first five star deluxe beach resort. 2001 The Company launches the "Taj Exotica Spa and Resort" in Maldives. Dubai. 2004 The Company opens its first economy hotel under the brand "Ginger" in Bangalore. 1974 The Company begins business in metropolitan hotels by opening the five star deluxe hotel. Kuteeram Resorts Private Limited. Yemen and Zambia. The Company opens a five star deluxe hotel in Calcutta. 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. Hotels operated by the Taj Group internationally are located in US. Mumbai which is later renamed as the "Taj Land End. A consolidation of the Transferor Companies and the Company was therefore expected to lead to greater synergy in operations. Jumeirah. the United Kingdom. the "Taj Mahal Palace" in Mumbai. Scheme of Amalgamation ("Scheme") On October 12. Taj Lands End Limited (Transferor Companies) with the Company. Sri Lanka. The Scheme was approved by the respective High Courts.Ritz Carlton in Boston and Taj Campton Place in San Francisco. Gwalior. The Company entered into a licence agreement to operate the "Taj West End" in Bangalore. the "Vivanta by Taj . Dubai. Dubai. under Sections 391 to 394 of the Companies Act for the for the amalgamation of Indian Resorts Hotel Limited. 2006. The Company acquires an equity interest in "Regent Hotel" in Bandra. 2005 The Company entered into a management contract to operate the "Taj Exotica" in Palm Island. The Company obtains a management contract to operate "The Pierre" in New York. The amalgamation was expected to result in administrative rationalization. the Board of Directors of the Company approved the Scheme.Fort Aguada. USA. and optimal utilization of various resources. Australia. Sri Lanka. The Company establishes Taj GVK Hotels and Resorts Limited with the GVK group to operate three hotels in Hyderabad. a more efficient utilisation of capital and create a stronger base for future growth of business in general and the Company in particular. Chennai" and the "Savoy" in Ooty. The Company obtained the operating agreement for the "Umaid Bhavan Palace" in Jodhpur. the "Taj Coramandel" in Chennai. The Company obtains licences to manage and operate two leisure hotels: the "Rawal-Kot" in Jaisalmer and the "Usha Kiran Palace"." 2003 The Company relaunches its flag ship property as the "Taj Mahal Palace and Tower. India. Maldives. "Wellington Mews" in Mumbai. "Vivanta by Taj . the "Taj Bengal. Malaysia. Milestones achieved by the Company since incorporation are listed below: Year 1903 Event The Company opens its first hotel. Gateway Hotels and Getaway Resorts Limited.

New Delhi unveils Delhi‟s first contemporary Japanese restaurant „WASABI by Morimoto‟. These etiquette programs for 2008 . United Arab Emirates. Taj Hotels Resorts and Places has ranked No. Jaipur have been included among The 101 Best Spas in The World . signed a management contract with Cuiting Hotspring Hotel Management Company Ltd. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Taj Hotels Partner with Saraya Islands to Operate Taj Exotica Hotel in Ras Al Khaimah. Enters into a Management contract with Dodla Intenational Limited. Pench. Taj Safaris unveiled two new luxury lodges: Pashan Garh andBanjaar Tola which will be the third and fourth lodges added to the Taj Safari circuit. Pashan Garhand Kanha. Graze. Bandhavgarh. 51 Buckingham Gate. 1 in the Best Hotel Chain in India category at the Business Traveller Awards 2008. Taj Hotels and the Tashi Group join hands to create the new benchmark for premium hotels in Bhutan . Taj Suites and Residence‟s South Indian restaurant. The first hotel to be developed by ALDAR Hotels and Hospitality under the agreement is a five-star.a Michelin star.. The Company acquires the "Ritz-Carlton" in Boston. USA which is later renamed as the "Taj Boston. launched a new brand “The Gateway Hotel”. YAS Island. Australia which is later renamed as the "Blue Sydney". 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 Boston in cooperation with Susan Cole of Boston Assemblies launches Social Style for Children.Tatler Spa Guide 2008.Taj Tashi Bhutan. The spas at the Usha Kiran Palace. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces unveiled a premium business hotel – Vivanta by Taj . India won India‟s Leading Suite. the World's Top 100 and Overseas Leisure Hotel in Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Taj's luxury properties have been recognised within the following categories: Overseas Business Hotel. 2006 The Company commences operation of its first wildlife lodge at Mahua Kothi. Kerala. Udaipur awarded India‟s Leading Castle & Palace. Taj will operate the latter‟s Temple of Heaven Park property in Beijing and the Hainan Hotel project. Bangalore. 500 room luxury resort hotel which will be in a spectacular waterfront location on ALDAR's mega entertainment destination. 2) Taj Lake Palace. Quilon has received the ultimate culinary accolade . Taj's flagship property in the United Kingdom.M G Road.The Company acquires the "W" hotel in Sydney. MA sponsoring the 2nd annual Taj Boston Cup. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces have won the Condé Nast Traveller UK in 10th Readers' Travel Awards. Banjaar Tola. The Taj Mahal Hotel. ALDAR Hotels and Hospitality and Taj Hotels enter into an exclusive agreement involving a number of hotel projects. " 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.Trivandrum. the only restaurant to be honoured the coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2008 from America's leading wine appreciation magazine Wine Spectator." 2007 The Company commences operation of its second wildlife lodge at Baghvan. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces Introduces Telepresence Services in Collaboration with Tata Communications. Taj International Hong Kong Ltd. Taj Boston celebrates the 120th season of summer polo matches at the Myopia Polo Club in Hamilton. the Modern European dining restaurant at Vivanta by Taj . The Taj Mahal Hotel launches VARQ. Gwalior and theRambagh Palace. The Taj Safaris circuit will be complete in Madhya Pradesh with the addition of two more luxury lodges in Panna.

Fire Kanha National Park from February 18. 2009 at the Virtuoso "Best of the Best" Hotel Awards held in Las Vegas recently during the Virtuoso's 21st Annual Travel Mart Conference. slotted in the "upper upscale" segment. Goa". 680 crores. as well as 2 East. The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower.Panaji. On December 21st. where many people from the security forces. The Taj Residency Ummed in Ahmedabad migrated to The Gateway Hotels portfolio. Le Caprice at The Pierre.“Taj Public Service Welfare Trust” (TPS Welfare Trust). the company which holds a long term sub-lease for the land on which the Sea Rock Hotel is located in Bandra. 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. which include 9 Suites and 26 Taj Club Rooms. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces announce their new premium hotel. Exclusive services to commemorate the special occasion of the hotel's reopening have been introduced with the opening of the Tower Wing. "Spice" an Indian specialty restaurant and "T3" a Tea lounge and Deli. 2009. Bangalore”. the Police.the Mediterranean restaurant at Taj Mount Road. 2008. hotel employees. guests of the Taj and general public were killed or wounded. Taj Safaris open doors of its new luxury lodge.children provide easy access to the social skills essential in daily life. a new lobby lounge. Taj launches Vivanta by Taj. Mumbai has been awarded the prestigious Virtuoso Hotelier of the Year Award. Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces announced the opening of their 'Upper Upscale' brand in Bangalore. The Pierre. Mumbai was under siegh during the 26/11 Mumbai Terror attacks."Flow" the all day dining restaurant. and a graciously welcoming reception area. The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. Taj Lands End introduces 125 new rooms comprising 107 Taj Club rooms and 18 Suites. Taj Lake Palace. Coral Reef. increasing the inventory to 493 rooms. Banjaar Tola. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces introduces Kefi . Udaipur. 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. Maldives. General Manager. making this its third property in Gujarat and the 31st Gateway hotel in India. Karambir Singh Kang. Indian Hotels Company Limited announced that it is going to acquire a controlling stake in ELEL. The Taj Group set up a public service welfare Trust fund named . It also launches three brand new restaurants . 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. The hotel bears a new name and identity: “Vivanta by Taj . In response to the unprecedented attack on Mumbai between November 26 to 29. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces unveiled a new world-class premium hotel in Chennai – Taj Mount Road. 268 rooms will be available. Taj launches The Jiva Spa Boat at Taj Lake Palace. With the announcement of its forthcoming reopening. "Vivanta by Taj . 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. Taj Boston awarded 2009 Mobil Four-Star honors in recognition of its gracious and efficient service and luxurious accommodations and public spaces. Mumbai. Udaipur voted as the winner of the Editor's Choice Award 2008 for Gallivanter's Guide. The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower provides further details on the reopening of the Tower Wing. The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower reopens the rooms in the The Taj Mahal Tower.Whitefield. for Rs. 2009 .

was migrated to the brand The Gateway Hotel Jodhpur. The Umaid Bhawan Palace.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. Ltd. in the World Top 100. Government of India. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces announced the opening of Taj Cape Town. Chef Ananda Solomon. Mumbai announced the reopening of the iconic restaurant Golden Dragon on the 25th of November 2009. 2009 at Srinagar with SAIFCO Hill Crest Hotels Pvt.12) and 'location' (96. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives has been ranked 18th best Overseas Leisure Hotel in Middle East. Taj Palace introduces 'The Blue Bar'.President. The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. It also tops the list of 'Overseas Leisure Hotels for Asia and the Indian sub-continent'. On 26th of November 2009. Assam. Vivanta by Taj .The Gateway Hotels has signed a management contract to set up a 125 room hotel on a 16-acre prime location in Shirdi.62. A management contract for a hotel under the upper upscale brand Vivanta by Taj was signed on. There were multi faith prayers held for peace and harmony. its first signature boutique store in Mumbai. The Indian Hotels Company Ltd announced a new hotel in North-East India. The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. The legendary Wasabi and the historical Harbour Bar at TheThe Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. Jodhpur has been voted the Hotel Of The Year by the Gallivanter's Guide Editor‟s Choice Awards. Mumbai reopened their doors on Dec 3. The Taj celebrates the opening of Taj Khazana at Taj Lands End. Italy in November 2009. The Taj Palace launches Blue Ginger thus introducing Vietnamese cuisine to the Delhi. Rambagh Palace. 10. Taj Coromandel relaunches Golden Dragon . previously known as the Ummeid Jodhpur. part of a well-known business house in the state. Rambagh Palace has the 'best ambience/décor' (98.The signature Specialty Schezwan restaurant in the city. Jodhpur won the award in 'Hotel Providing Best Facilities for Differently Abled guest' category. Executive Chef Taj West End. December. in Jammu and Kashmir. 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. with the investment in the project topping R500 million. Africa & the Indian Ocean Islands in the Condé Nast Readers' Awards 2009. 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. and VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU COLLECTION. Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces has been recognised for its excellence and service for its properties . Vivanta by Taj . This is the third Gateway property in Rajasthan after Jaisalmer and Jaipur and the 33rd property in the country overall. Mumbai saw the coming together of employees and families of staff members.K.5) of all hotels in the category. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives has challenged to protect the natural tropical flora and fauna and surrounding blue waters of Emboodhu Finolhu island. Scoring an overall 95. Mumbai and Corporate Chef Taj Group of Hotels along with Chef V.Hari Mahal. 2009. with the unveiling the foundation stone for Vivanta by Taj . The Indian Hotels Company Ltd announces its foray into Srinagar. one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels. The standalone hotel. Chandrassekaran.Guwahati. 2010 . for a remembrance meeting that paid respects to those who lost their lives last year. 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. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Executive Chef.

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. Government of 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. Mumbai announced the reopening of the elegant and legendary Ballroom. . in the iconic Heritage Wing of the property on the March 30th .

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