It was good to see the re-opening of some parts of the Taj Mahal Palace and Trident hotels in Mumbai after the death and destruction wreaked by terrorists on November 26.
At the re-opening of the Taj Mahal, all the 592 staff of the hotel who were on duty on that fateful day received thunderous applause from the guests.
“The Taj has been reopened, after a massive concerted effort, in dedication to all those who lost their lives in the attacks on Mumbai,” said Ratan Tata, chairman of the Taj Group of Hotels.
A memorial called The Tree of Life was also unveiled, with the names of the 31 people who were killed at the hotel inscribed at its base.
Security at all hotels in India has been tightened considerably and in the state of Goa, the authorities banned traditional beach parties between Christmas and New Year’s Eve because of possible terrorist attacks. The parties have traditionally been major tourist attractions.
by Andy Moreton
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I couldn’t let this week pass without expressing the shock felt by us all here at Luxique at the devastating terror attacks in Mumbai in which so many people lost their lives.
The Taj Mahal Palace, which was targeted by the terrorists and badly damaged, has always been one of our favourite hotels in the whole of India. Since it opened in 1903, the hotel has been a luxurious base for everyone from Maharajas and kings to film stars and international cricketers. To see this elegant and much-loved hotel reduced to a smoke-blackened wreck fills us with overwhelming sadness.
The Oberoi and Trident were also attacked and we send their owner, Mr P R S ‘Biki’ Oberoi, our sympathy. He said: “We were not lax in our security, but there is a limit to what an individual hotel can do in tightening security.” He felt that the concept of hospitality would change if guests were subjected to increased security checks.
Luxique sends condolences to all those who lost loved ones in the Mumbai assault.
by Andy Moreton