Le Meridien announces the opening of THREE new properties

Le Meridien announces the opening of THREE new properties in Asia: Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, Le Meridien Chiang Mai, and Le Meridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa (the first five-star resort to open in Wanning City on China’s Hainan Island).

All three hotels feature Le Meridien’s newly introduced Arrival Experience, which includes:

a Transitional Portal (a wall of art and sound that engulfs each guest as they enter) a Sensory Experience (illustrated through Le Meridien’s new signature scent and a unique use of sound and light)
the Unlock Art program (artist-designed key cards that offer guests access to their guest rooms and to Le Meridien’s affiliated art organizations) the Elevated Experience (which transforms an ordinary elevator ride through the use of sounds created by Grammy Award winning composer Henri Scars Struck).

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Le Meridien Chiang Rai, Pool Deck View of Kok River Le Meridien Chiang Rai, Exterior

LE MERIDIEN EXPANDS PRESENCE IN ASIA PACIFIC
WITH THE OPENING OF TWO NEW PROPERTIES
IN NORTHERN THAILAND AND A RESORT & SPA IN CHINA

Dynamic Growth in Asia Pacific Continues with the Debut of
Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort, Le Méridien Chiang Mai and
Le Méridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the opening of three Le Méridien properties in Asia Pacific, continuing its expansion in dynamic markets across the globe. The debut of Le Méridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa marks the brand’s second resort in China, while Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort and Le Méridien Chiang Mai further expand the brand’s growing portfolio in northern Thailand. All three properties offer a culturally rich environment combined with superior service designed to inspire the creative guest.

“Le Méridien is proud to broaden its reach in Asia Pacific with the addition of these three stunning properties, where guests can enjoy a unique experience that combines contemporary European refinement with distinct Asian influences curated by Le Meridien’s Cultural Curator and a range of established and emerging innovators, part of LM100,” said Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts and W Hotels Worldwide. “A favorite among progressive, curious, open minded and forward-thinking international travelers, Le Méridien facilitates guest discovery of a new perspective of the arts, architecture, design, and cuisine at each of its destinations around the world. Hainan Island in China and Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand will certainly provide fertile ground for this voyage of discovery.”

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of these three stunning Le Méridien hotels in Thailand and China, two of world’s most exhilarating destinations,” said Miguel Ko, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. “Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are both well known for their stunning landscape and rich cultural offerings while Shimei Bay is an unspoilt getaway for travelers to Hainan Island, with spectacular views of the South China Sea, and surrounded by lush forest and rustic Li minority village. These locations are a great fit with Le Méridien brand, which is committed to providing guests with an interactive and culturally enriching experience.”

All three new Le Meridien hotels will feature Le Meridien’s newly introduced Arrival Experience for guests. This curated experience will commence from the moment the guest arrives at the hotel until they have opened the door to their guest room. The arrival experience includes the Transitional Portal, which is a visual and audio “wall” of sound and art that will engulf each guest; Sensory Experience illustrated through Le Meridien’s signature scent, sound and use of light; Unlock Art program that includes an artist designed key card that offers access to the guest room and to Le Meridien’s affiliated art organizations; and lastly the Elevated Experience, which transforms the event of riding an elevator into an “elevating experience” through video and sound.

The opening of these three new Le Méridien properties highlights the significant development of the brand in Asia Pacific. Le Méridien currently operates 23 hotels in the region, including, Le Royal Méridien Shanghai and Le Méridien Cyberport, Hong Kong.

Le Méridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa
Le Méridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa is the first five-star resort to open in Wanning City on China’s Hainan Island. Owned by China Resources (Holdings) Co., Ltd., this magnificent property boasts an idyllic setting on more than three miles of pristine, white sandy beach with majestic views of the South China Sea. Surrounded by lush forest, the resort features 275 luxurious guest rooms, including 25 villas, all with private balconies overlooking either the sea or the mountains.

Le Méridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa offers an experience that is enriched by its European coffee culture and close ties with contemporary art institutions. In this sophisticated setting, guests will enjoy a choice of three stylish restaurants and three lounges. The signature breakfast menu with a selected number of dishes created by Jean-Georges Vongerichten is available at Breakers, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, as well as an enticing selection of western, continental and Asian dishes. Ai Mei Chinese restaurant offers popular dishes from mainland China, Hainan specialties and Cantonese cuisine, while Horizon Bar + Grill serves signature cocktails and a diverse menu in a poolside setting. The hotel’s three lounges – Latitude 18, Lagoon Bar and Sensations – offer a range of exotic cocktails, freshly squeezed tropical juices, Illy Coffee and live musical entertainment.

Inspired by the rich traditions of European and Asia, the hotel’s 3,700 square-foot Spa features six spa villas with individual dipping pools, steam rooms and spa cabanas, as well as luxury suites, massage rooms, a hair salon, Spa boutique and Spa bistro. State-of-the-art meeting facilities include a nearly 6,000 square foot ballroom and five meeting rooms, perfect for high-end conferences, meetings and events. Guests will enjoy deluxe recreation facilities including three pools, a fitness center and access to four nearby golf courses.

Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort
Centered around two majestic 100-year-old rain trees, Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort is located in Thailand’s premier hillside resort community in the country’s northernmost province, a region known for its breathtaking mountain scenery, Buddhist shrines and ruins of ancient settlements. Owned by the Rain Tree Hotel Co., Ltd., the brand-new resort is just ten minutes from the Chiang Rai International Airport, five minutes from the town center and a one-hour drive from the Golden Triangle, where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand converge.

Guests can explore this compelling region starting at the resort’s quay where a longtail boat is moored, waiting to take travelers downriver to visit the region’s fascinating hill-tribe villages. Other excursions include elephant treks and hikes along Chiang Rai’s renowned jungle trails. After a day exploring the area’s diverse landscapes and unique attractions, guests can indulge in the chic, cosmopolitan ambience at Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort. In addition to its 159 spacious and contemporary guest rooms and suites, featuring expansive private balconies, the resort offers an extensive menu of massage, facial and body treatments at Pavarti Spa, three world-class restaurants, a state-of-the-art gym and a three-tiered, outdoor swimming pool.

Le Méridien Chiang Mai
Le Méridien Chiang Mai offers travelers first-class accommodations on Chang Klan Road in the heart of downtown Chiang Mai, Thailand’s dynamic northern capital. The hotel is well positioned to explore the charms of this culturally-rich city including its ancient temples, the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and numerous culinary options. Most of the hotel’s 384 guest rooms overlook the majestic Doi Suthep Mountain, and all are outfitted with the signature Le Méridien Bed, broadband Internet and high-definition LCD televisions.
This newly constructed hotel features two world-class restaurants, a modern health club, a multi-sensory spa and an outdoor swimming pool with panoramic views of Chiang Mai. Le Méridien Chiang Mai also offers nearly 6,000 square feet of flexible function space, equipped with sophisticated technologies that make it an ideal destination for meetings, seminars, banquets and conventions.

For more information about Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, visit: www.lemeridien.com

About Le Méridien
Le Méridien brand, currently represented by approximately 110 properties in 50 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in November 2005. With close to 80 percent of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provides a strong international complement to Starwood’s primarily North American holdings. Plans call for dynamic expansion of Le Méridien-branded hotels and resorts within the next five years, concentrating in the U.S., Latin America, and Asia-Pacific, including destinations such as India, Thailand and China.

Le Meridien is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points® by Sheraton, W®, Le Méridien®, and the recently launched aloftSM, and elementSM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com and www.starwoodpressclub.com.

      

Go Nord, Young Skiers, Go Nord

Go Nord, Young Skiers, Go Nord

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Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Courtenay

Vancouver Island


by Jack Christie

 

Whether you tour, skate, or noodle about on classic skinny sticks, nordic skiing in BC is celebrating its place in the sun.

Cross country skiing has long held its own in the province, thanks to strongholds like Hollyburn Ridge on Vancouver’s North Shore (cypressmountain.com) and nearby Manning Provincial Park in the North Cascade Mountains (manningpark.com). But with the approaching Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, there’s a big new kid on the nordic block – the Whistler Olympic Park – and that’s good news for anyone into exploring the outdoors, self-propelled style.

Suddenly the world’s best cross-country skiers are living, breathing, and training in BC – not just in Whistler but all the way from Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island to Silver Star Mountain Resort in the North Okanagan Valley.

National nordic teams are already out on the same trails with visitors and residents clocking their kilometres, testing everything from waxes to weather conditions. Just try to catch them; these greyhounds will leave you in their powder. At the same time, Olympic athletes are a friendly, colourful bunch. Don’t be shy about asking for some pointers. After all, we share the same universal love of snow.

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Herewith is a selection of nordic ski destinations to consider for your next cross-country snow safari.

 

Callaghan Valley, Whistler

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

 

Whistler Olympic Park (whistlerolympicpark.com) may well prove to be one of the most significant legacies of the Games. Not only does the scenic site provide a companion venue to Whistler’s much-admired Lost Lake cross-country centre (crosscountryconnection.ca/winter), the park’s 55 kilometres/34 miles of trails – five kilometres/three miles of which are lit for night skiing – also do double-duty in summer for mountain bikers.

 

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the park was been built exclusively for elite athletes. When it comes to recreation, these trails welcome all comers, whether you plan to simply schuss off into the sheltering, old-growth forest for a picnic or set a new personal-best lap time. Exploring them on skis or snowshoes offers all the rewards you seek.

 

By car, the Callaghan Valley, site of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games’s Nordic ski events, lies 90 minutes north of Vancouver, just south of Whistler Mountain.

 

Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Courtenay

Vancouver Island

 

Since 2005, Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington Alpine Resort (mountwashington.ca), a 2.5-hour drive north of Victoria, has positioned itself as the international training centre for a variety of nordic ski teams, including Germany and Sweden this year. What’s the hook? The snow quality and elevation is the same as Callaghan Valley’s Whistler Olympic Park, which lies due east across the Strait of Georgia.

 

This winter promises to deliver as much excitement for cross-country fans as at races in 2010, plus the chance to get much closer to the action. With that in mind, you may want to time your visit to coincide with the International Paralympic Committee World Cup cross-country and biathlon races in March. You’ve never seen skiers like these athletes; this is one competition where heroes come out to play.

 

Although Mount Washington is one of BC’s busiest winter resorts, cross-country skiing here is usually filed under “best-kept-secrets.” No more, as testified by the spacious Raven Lodge. The peeled-log beauty anchors the Nordic ski centre on the doorstep of 2,450-square-kilometre/945-square-mile Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island’s largest protected area (bcparks.ca).

Backcountry touring may be more of a workout than most of us bargain for, which is why 55 kilometres/34 miles of groomed cross-country trails with another 25 kilometres/15.5 miles for snowshoeing will more than satisfy. One caution: Beware the stealthy gray jays – also known as whiskey jacks – out to steal your energy bar when you take a break.

 

Mount Washington is located 100 kilometres/62 miles north of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island; thanks to the new Inland Island Highway (Exit 130), adventurists can drive all the way to the top.

 

108 Mile Ranch – 99 Mile House

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

 

Nature seemingly designed the Cariboo Plateau’s rolling landscape for cross-country skiing. As if to emphasize that fact, the world’s tallest pair of cross-country racing skis form an 11-metre/36-foot archway above the South Cariboo Visitors Centre as blue skies stretch out forever. In the distance, the peaks of the Cariboo Mountains promise extended, untracked snow trekking routes for alpine touring. Closer at hand, arguably the best track-set, cross-country skiing is found at 108 Mile Ranch, anchored by the Hills Health Ranch’s Nordic Centre (skithehills.com). (As for the numbers, they refer to original roadhouse stops along the 1860s Cariboo Gold Rush Trail.)

 

One hundred and fifty kilometres/93 miles of tracked-and-packed community trails (including the 99 Mile trails) link the historic ranch region with 108 Mile Ranch. The terrain close to 108 Mile Ranch is gentle, perfect for the gliding style that makes cross-country skiing such a rhythmic experience. Beginner and intermediate skiers will find these groomed routes just their speed. Closer to 99 Mile you’ll discover 20 kilometres/12 miles of steep, high-performance trails with tight corners and a variety of technical sections suited to marathoners. Many of the trails in both 108 Mile and 99 Mile are also lit for night skiing, though nothing tops a moonlight outing.

 

The local 100 Mile House’s Nordic Ski Society (100milenordics.com) is one of the most active, well-organized cross-country ski clubs in BC, fittingly housed in a large log chalet. As well as being North America’s log home capital, 100 Mile House is home to the annual Cariboo Cross-Country Ski Marathon in February. Whether you’re on the sidelines or in the thick of things, nothing matches the excitement of the massed start. As over 20,000 visitors a year come to enjoy the cross-country skiing here, book well ahead.

 

100 Mile House is situated on Highway 97, 450 kilometres/280 miles from Vancouver via the Trans Canada Highway (Highway 1). For more information on cross-country skiing in the Cariboo, visit the South Cariboo’s tourism website (southcaribootourism.com).

 

Silver Star Mountain Resort, Vernon

Okanagan Valley

 

Nowhere else in BC are downhill and cross-country trails as integrated as at Silver Star Mountain Resort (skisilverstar.com). Over 60 kilometres/37 miles of trails link with the adjacent Sovereign Lake Ski Area in Silver Star Park (bcparks.ca) whose ski club has its own nordic lodge (sovereignlake.com). Not that things aren’t cosy enough in Silver Star’s car-free village, where cross-country trails at both Silver Star and Sovereign Lake open earlier in the year than any other resort in Canada.

 

Boasting the light, fluffy “hero powder” for which the Okanagan’s semi-desert environment is renown, it’s small wonder that Forbes magazine rates Silver Star as North America’s best nordic destination. Traditionally among the first to arrive is the Norwegian National Team who will be joined in training this season by their Russian, Finnish, Swiss, Australian and New Zealand cross-country counterparts. Chances are good that you’ll hear a whole lot of international accents on the trails as you pole along. Draft in behind and you’ll be drawn along in their wake as they warm up for the World Cup season, including a stop in the Callaghan Valley in January.

 

While there are plenty of both on- and off-mountain accommodation options to choose from, some of the most charming places to stay here are the ski-in, ski-out condominiums in the Knoll neighbourhood, where Victorian Gaslight replica homes are decorated in four or five exterior hues and trimmed with cookie-cutter moulding (staraccom.com).

 

Silver Star Mountain Resort lies 22 kilometres/14 miles northeast of Vernon, 450 kilometres/280 miles northeast of Vancouver.

 

For a complete listing of BC nordic destinations, visit www.bcnordic.com. For more information on other British Columbia destinations and travel information, call 1-800 HELLO BC® (North America) or visit www.HelloBC.com/ski

      

Le Meridien announces the opening of THREE new properties

Le Meridien announces the opening of THREE new properties in Asia: Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, Le Meridien Chiang Mai, and Le Meridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa (the first five-star resort to open in Wanning City on China’s Hainan Island).

All three hotels feature Le Meridien’s newly introduced Arrival Experience, which includes:

a Transitional Portal (a wall of art and sound that engulfs each guest as they enter) a Sensory Experience (illustrated through Le Meridien’s new signature scent and a unique use of sound and light)
the Unlock Art program (artist-designed key cards that offer guests access to their guest rooms and to Le Meridien’s affiliated art organizations) the Elevated Experience (which transforms an ordinary elevator ride through the use of sounds created by Grammy Award winning composer Henri Scars Struck).

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Le Meridien Chiang Rai, Pool Deck View of Kok River Le Meridien Chiang Rai, Exterior

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Go Nord, Young Skiers, Go Nord

Go Nord, Young Skiers, Go Nord

skii-resort

Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Courtenay

Vancouver Island


by Jack Christie

 

Whether you tour, skate, or noodle about on classic skinny sticks, nordic skiing in BC is celebrating its place in the sun.

Cross country skiing has long held its own in the province, thanks to strongholds like Hollyburn Ridge on Vancouver’s North Shore (cypressmountain.com) and nearby Manning Provincial Park in the North Cascade Mountains (manningpark.com). But with the approaching Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, there’s a big new kid on the nordic block – the Whistler Olympic Park – and that’s good news for anyone into exploring the outdoors, self-propelled style.

Suddenly the world’s best cross-country skiers are living, breathing, and training in BC – not just in Whistler but all the way from Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island to Silver Star Mountain Resort in the North Okanagan Valley.

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Air Partner Launches JetCard Membership Program in the U.S.

Air Partner Launches JetCard Membership Program in the U.S.

Offers clients various options with one-on-one customer service

 

Air Partner, (www.airpartnerusa.com), the world’s leading air charter company, has launched the latest evolution in jet membership, the Air Partner JetCard. The Air Partner JetCard offers a superb combination of personalized service, aircraft flexibility, and pricing simplicity.

With the Air Partner JetCard, members customize their private air travel program by purchasing 10, 25, or 50+ flight hour increments in any of the four cabin size options (Light, Midsize, SuperMidsize, and Large). Members have the freedom to alternate between cabin sizes on a trip-by-trip basis, and can even use multiple aircraft simultaneously. The Air Partner JetCard program is available in three services areas: the Continental United States, Europe, and Mexico/the Caribbean. There are no long term commitments, monthly management fees, or hidden charges. The hours never expire, and a member’s investment is fully refundable at any time.

Unlike competitor programs, the Air Partner JetCard offers fully-inclusive pricing at fixed hourly rates. The investment comprises all potential flight costs including aircraft, landing fees, crew overnight fees, federal excise taxes, passenger taxes, and fuel and airport surcharges. This, along with trip pricing based on computer generated flight times, instead of actual flight times, provides unrivaled trip price transparency, consistency and predictability.

 

“Many travelers who choose jet membership and fractional ownership programs are dissatisfied with the variability of on-demand charter,” said David McCown, senior vice president of Air Partner. “Nevertheless, with many of these programs travelers continue to get unpredictable pricing and unforeseen expenses even weeks after the trip. The Air Partner JetCard addresses these needs by offering a program that allows members to know the exact trip cost prior to travel.”

 

The Air Partner JetCard program is rooted in the company’s heritage of personalized customer service. “Many of our competitors are structured for such rapid growth that it ultimately dilutes the quality of customer service,” added McCown.

 

For more information on the Air Partner JetCard program, visit www.airpartnerusa.com.

 

About Air Partner

Air Partner (www.airpartnerusa.com) was founded in 1961, and has 210 aviation professionals located in over 22 offices across 4 continents. A publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange, Air Partner arranges private air charter solutions for corporations, governments and individuals around the globe. In addition to being the only company to hold a Royal Warrant as Supplier of Aircraft Charter to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Air Partner’s clients include the US and British governments, Fortune 500 Corporations, celebrities and sports teams. With over 100 flights being arranged on average every business day, the team is equally accomplished at organizing business jets to fly CEO’s and celebrities around North America and Europe as it is co-ordinating 70 large passenger jets to move 10,000 delegates to a major product launch. The company’s Emergency Planning Division operates the only integrated corporate air evacuation service available today. Clients have priority access to a wide range of aircraft suitable for rescuing corporate employees from the world’s hotspots to points of safe haven, with procedures assured through intensive military-style pre-planning.

      

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower to Shine Again

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower to Shine Again

Re-opening Date Confirmed as December 21, 2008

MUMBAI (December 13, 2008) — On December 21st, the enduring symbol of the indomitable spirit of Mumbai, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, will again play host to the world with the reopening of the rooms in The Taj Mahal Tower.

Acknowledging the massive efforts devoted to the Hotel’s swift re-opening, Raymond Bickson, Managing Director and CEO, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces said, “We dedicate our reopening to the city of Mumbai as affirmation of the values of courage, resilience and dignity.”

“To reopen the Taj Tower wing with such speed and attention to detail shows our resolve to commemorate all the innocent and brave people who lost their lives during the recent attacks. In their honor, the Taj will shine again in all its brilliance,” Mr. Bickson added.

“Everyone who works at the Taj stands in awe of the bravery and sacrifice shown by their colleagues. They have set a standard of selfless service that all of us can only aspire to.”

The Hotel will reopen its doors at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 21.

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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 62 hotels in 42 locations across India with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, 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, has recently 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.

      

Air Partner Launches JetCard Membership Program in the U.S.

Air Partner Launches JetCard Membership Program in the U.S.

Offers clients various options with one-on-one customer service

 

Air Partner, (www.airpartnerusa.com), the world’s leading air charter company, has launched the latest evolution in jet membership, the Air Partner JetCard. The Air Partner JetCard offers a superb combination of personalized service, aircraft flexibility, and pricing simplicity.

With the Air Partner JetCard, members customize their private air travel program by purchasing 10, 25, or 50+ flight hour increments in any of the four cabin size options (Light, Midsize, SuperMidsize, and Large). Members have the freedom to alternate between cabin sizes on a trip-by-trip basis, and can even use multiple aircraft simultaneously. The Air Partner JetCard program is available in three services areas: the Continental United States, Europe, and Mexico/the Caribbean. There are no long term commitments, monthly management fees, or hidden charges. The hours never expire, and a member’s investment is fully refundable at any time.

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The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower to Shine Again

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower to Shine Again

Re-opening Date Confirmed as December 21, 2008

MUMBAI (December 13, 2008) — On December 21st, the enduring symbol of the indomitable spirit of Mumbai, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, will again play host to the world with the reopening of the rooms in The Taj Mahal Tower.

Acknowledging the massive efforts devoted to the Hotel’s swift re-opening, Raymond Bickson, Managing Director and CEO, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces said, “We dedicate our reopening to the city of Mumbai as affirmation of the values of courage, resilience and dignity.”

“To reopen the Taj Tower wing with such speed and attention to detail shows our resolve to commemorate all the innocent and brave people who lost their lives during the recent attacks. In their honor, the Taj will shine again in all its brilliance,” Mr. Bickson added.

“Everyone who works at the Taj stands in awe of the bravery and sacrifice shown by their colleagues. They have set a standard of selfless service that all of us can only aspire to.”

The Hotel will reopen its doors at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 21.

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AIR FRANCE ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF BUSINESS CLASS SALE

AIR FRANCE ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF BUSINESS CLASS SALE TO PARIS

Holiday Travelers Now Have until December 31 to book Special Fare

Air France is extending its popular Paris Business Class sale through December 31, 2008. This sale offers passengers a flexible fare to Paris, in Business Class, from seven U.S. gateways. With few restrictions and only seven days of advance purchase needed, there is no better time to fly to the French capital.

“Air France is dedicated to providing passengers with the best service, and this special sale fare allows both the business traveler and leisure traveler the opportunity to fly to Paris in Business Class this holiday season. The sale has been so popular that we have decided to extend it through December 31, 2008. Passengers can change their departure date at no additional cost,” said Air France US Vice President and General Manager Jean Claude Cros.

      

AIR FRANCE ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF BUSINESS CLASS SALE

AIR FRANCE ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF BUSINESS CLASS SALE TO PARIS

Holiday Travelers Now Have until December 31 to book Special Fare

Air France is extending its popular Paris Business Class sale through December 31, 2008. This sale offers passengers a flexible fare to Paris, in Business Class, from seven U.S. gateways. With few restrictions and only seven days of advance purchase needed, there is no better time to fly to the French capital.

“Air France is dedicated to providing passengers with the best service, and this special sale fare allows both the business traveler and leisure traveler the opportunity to fly to Paris in Business Class this holiday season. The sale has been so popular that we have decided to extend it through December 31, 2008. Passengers can change their departure date at no additional cost,” said Air France US Vice President and General Manager Jean Claude Cros.