Travel-less at the Taj Palace
In the fast-paced world of digital technology, the Taj Palace Hotel Dubai aims to promote travel-less meetings via introduction of its video conferencing facilities. In doing so it is one of very few hotels offering state-of-the-art video teleconferencing facility available at its Al Khaimah Ballroom and Taj Platinum meeting room.
The video conferen-cing facility at the Taj Palace Dubai enables one to conduct meetings with another party face-to-face over any distance. This technology takes meetings to a different level allowing more flexibility on location and availability of individuals to conduct meetings without having to travel or even when on the road. It allows satellite connectivity to another party or multiple parties at one time.
To conduct a video conference from Dubai to Europe would cost around $800 for two hours. From Dubai to India, the same would cost $900. These rates include the usual Etisalat standard connection fee and other initiating charges.
Yannick Poupon, general manager of Taj Palace Hotel Dubai comments, “Currently, the use of this facility is not widespread yet. The facility is available in the market. Being one of the only hotel properties in Dubai offering this facility, we are constantly encouraging our guests to make use of this service due to the flexibility it allows them in conducting their meetings. This will prove to be popular soon for the corporate companies who are facilitating meetings with their regional offices on a regular basis.”
He adds, “Taj Palace Hotel Dubai has been a pioneer of so many hospitality ‘first’ concepts in Dubai. To boost usage of this excellent facility, guests of the Taj Palace Hotel Dubai will be entitled to use the equipment for video conferencing free of charge. The costs will be based only on use of the meeting venue and the standard Etisalat connectivity fees. We simply say...You book, we connect!”
Business is booming this summer at the Taj Palace Hotel Dubai as the five-star property generated a daily 100-per-cent occupancy since July 30 till date.
“Our figures are audited and most rooms and apartments were booked through travel agents and electronically through our Taj website,” said Poupon while expressing delight over the excellent performance.
“The website is now more enhanced allowing greater flexibility for travel agents to book singular or multiple itineraries of guests.”
Our unique marketing strategies on rate packages backed by our excellent product proved to be popular with guests and clientele,” Poupon said.
Indicating a gigantic improvement since the hotel’s opening in 2001, revenue manager Arjun D’Souza adds “We opened in summer of 2001. In August of 2002 we generated 80 per cent occupancy, now in 2003 we are looking at achieving close to 100 per cent by the month end.”
The Taj Group of Hotels manages the property which has 147 executive rooms (the largest in the city), 12 suites and 90 apartments.
Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, is India’s largest and finest global hotel company.
It comprises 54 award-winning hotels in 39 locations throughout India and an additional 13 hotels in key international destinations outside India.