Obama to get grand welcome at Taj Palace hotel

Women dressed as traditional Indian brides will welcome US President Barack Obama at the Taj Palace hotel here Jan 26 where he is scheduled to attend two key business conferences.

IANS| Updated: Jan 24, 2015, 20:44 PM IST

New Delhi: Women dressed as traditional Indian brides will welcome US President Barack Obama at the Taj Palace hotel here Jan 26 where he is scheduled to attend two key business conferences.

Obama will be received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The hotel staff will offer floral bouquets and garlands to the US president, a release said Saturday.

A traditional Indian welcome would be given by women dressed as Indian brides in costumes from six regions of the country.

Obama will attend two key conferences -- the CEO Forum and India-US Business Forum -- in which top CEOs from the US and India will be participating.

The CEO forum will be chaired by Tata Group chairman Cyrus P. Mistry and co-chaired by Honeywell Chairman and CEO David M. Cote at the Shahjahan Ballroom, followed by a 600-member India-US Business Forum at the Durbar Ballroom.

The external affairs ministry and department of industrial policy and promotion have blocked the entire conference centre at the hotel from Jan 24 onwards for preparations, the release said.

Tata Suite, Grand Presidential Suite and luxury suites at the hotel have been booked for the stay of the global CEOs.

The hotel has made distinct food and beverage arrangements for the US president and the US-India Business Forum with offerings from its signature array of single estate tea and coffee, showcasing the highlights from the Maharaja Hi-Tea menu.

To add to the menu, regional delicacies from Kashmir to Kerala and from Gujarat to Nagaland are being specially created with authentic ingredients flown in from each region for international guests, who would be offered high tea delicacies featuring caviar, truffle, quail eggs, Himalayan morels and Cochin oysters.

The conference will see prominent faces from the business sector such as Mukesh Ambani, Anand Mahindra, Chanda Kochhar, Sunil Mittal, N Chandrasekharan and Kumaramangalam Birla.