Taj Palace gears up for expo
The Taj Palace Hotel, Dubai will be making its second trip to the WTM.The Taj Group of Hotels' Dubai-managed property debuted in last year's WTM under the Taj Hotel stand. This year it will be participating under the umbrella of Dubai's Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing and under the Taj Group of hotels in the India stand. "Our aim is to penetrate the non-resident Indian market and the leisure segment of the UK market," says general manager Yannick Poupon. "We have had a very good share of business from the UK market last year after our attendance at WTM. Our reservation book indicates an increase in the number of leisure travellers, especially from the UK getting very good rates from the hotel. We have been the choice of European visitors during the Dubai Shopping Festival and the summer periods," adds Poupon. Newly appointed director of sales and marketing Kiran Wagle adds: "We want to emphasise our apartments, business facilities/services aimed at corporate clientele, the choice of restaurants, and more importantly the Spa." For this year's WTM exhibition in particular, Wagle says, "The Taj Palace Hotel will be promoted aggressively at the DTCM stand, and through the Taj Group of Hotels at the India stand. Likewise, Taj Palace will be actively promoting its Ayoma Spa - Dubai's only Ayurvedic spa in a 5-star hotel." The hotel will also unveil its new residential packages and travel operators will be offered new package rates for 2003. Sanjeet Joher, business relations manager says that participating at the WTM was important for the Taj Palace in order for it to renew its ties with tour operators, while at the same time consolidating new business leads in the market. Taj Palace Hotel Dubai offers 159 Executive rooms and suites and 90 serviced apartments. Five restaurants - Italian, Japanese, all-day dining, Indian and a Turkish restaurant cater to a variety of tastes.