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December 8, 2009

Leading Hotels of The World Honors Taj

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

MUMBAI, India. Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces has been recognized for excellence and service for its properties, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives and Taj West End Bangalore, at the Leading Hotels of the World Annual Convention held in Venice, Italy in November. The hotels have been honored for their high standards and commitment to excellence, following a rigorous, anonymous inspection covering hundreds of meticulous criteria.

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives was awarded the eighth annual Commitment
to Quality Award in the Asia Pacific region and was also named the Grand
Prize Winner for Commitment to Quality for displaying outstanding levels of
quality in all elements of a luxury hotel experience. The resort scored an
overall average of 95.6%, the highest rating within the Leading Quality
Assurance audit. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives is an intimate and
romantic island resort lush with tropical plants and encircled with clear
blue waters. With initiatives to substantially reduce its carbon footprint,
the resort is Maldives’ first Green Globe Certified resort. Over the last
year, the resort has introduced new restaurants and revitalized
accommodations with private pools added to all Deluxe Lagoon Villas. Its Jiva
Grande Spa offers a range of Indian wellness signature treatments and rituals.

Taj West End, Bangalore has been presented the fourth annual Commitment to
Excellence award for the community category, which acknowledges hotels that
make an exceptional effort towards community development, extending beyond
service to areas of the environment, community outreach and cultural support.
Going beyond its purview of hospitality, the hotel has engaged in community
development consistent with Taj’s corporate policy, which emphasizes creating
sustainable livelihoods and building community through social outreach
programs in health, education, empowerment of women and youth, and employee
volunteering. The main causes include reducing malnutrition, promoting
indigenous artisans and craftsmen and increasing employability by sharing of
Taj’s core competencies. Taj Hotels encourages disability recruitment and
empowerment of candidates from vulnerable socio-economic backgrounds.

Taj West End, Bangalore was also honored in the Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers
Travel Awards 2009, listed among the top 10 overseas business hotels in world.

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About The Leading Hotels of the World Ltd
The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is the prestigious luxury hospitality
organization representing more than 450 of the world’s finest hotels, resorts
and spas, and is the operator of www.lhw.com and www.lhwspas.com – the online
sources for your luxury lifestyle. As the largest international luxury hotel
brand, the firm maintains offices in 22 major markets across the globe. Since
1928, the company’s reputation for excellence derives from the exacting
levels of quality it demands of its members, each of which must pass a
rigorous, anonymous inspection covering hundreds of meticulous criteria
spanning from product to behavioral standards. This set of standards is the
most stringent in the industry. For reservations and information, visit
www.lhw.com.

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia’s largest
and finest groups of hotels, comprising 66 hotels in 45 locations across
India with an additional 15 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia,
Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From
world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to
authentic Rajput palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm
Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. The Taj, a symbol
of Indian hospitality, completed the centenary of its landmark hotel, The Taj
Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of
the Tata Group, India’s premier business house.

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