Mumbai: Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
today announced it will be opening two new Gateway brand
hotels in Chandigarh and Ludhiana, thus taking the brand`s
total portfolio to 36 across the country.
Taj Hotels, a part of Tata Group`s Indian Hotels
Company Ltd (IHCL), will develop a 100-room property in
Chandigarh in association with the Hind Motors Group, whereas
in Ludhiana, it will partner with Sapna Hospitality to build a
"A key component of our domestic growth strategy is to
tap prominent economic, commercial and industrial centres.
Chandigarh and Ludhiana fit well into this strategy as they
are a hub of commercial activity across critical industry
sectors. The Gateway Hotel would bring world-class hospitality
to both these cities," Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces CEO and
Managing Director Raymond Bickson said in a statement here.
The Group would be adding two new hotels every month
under the Gateway brand, he said.
The brand, launched in September 2008, recently opened
two properties in Jodhpur and Ahmedabad and announced a new
project at Bhandup in suburban Mumbai.
Currently, it is present across a range of important
business and leisure destinations such as Bangalore, Agra,
Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Surat, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Vijayawada,
Visakhapatnam, Madurai, Coonoor, Chikmagalur, Calicut and