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Taj hotels find an address in the Northeast

The Tata Group on Wednesday here got a new address for its Taj group of hotels, with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi formally inaugurating its first five-star hotel – Vivanta by Taj – in the state capital.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: December 23, 2015 9:04:50 pm
taj Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi felicitates Tata Group chairman Cyrus P Mistry on Wednesday for setting up a five-star Taj hotel in Guwahati. (Express photo)

The Tata Group on Wednesday here got a new address for its Taj group of hotels, with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi formally inaugurating its first five-star hotel – Vivanta by Taj – in the state capital. Tata Group chairman Cyrus P Mistry was also present on the occasion.

“Taj is a brand name by itself and setting up of the hotel in Guwahati by the Tata Group proves that peace and stability has returned to Assam. After five years, Tata’s will realize this is a worthwhile investment,” said Gogoi in his speech. He also said that Guwahati would soon evolve as the hub of activities for South-east Asia.

Tata Group chairman Cyrus P Mistry on the other hand described the establishment of a Tata hotel in Guwahati as a landmark event for the entire region. “This is a landmark development in Northeast India. This will serve as the natural gateway to key markets of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and China,” he said.

Describing Vivanta by Taj as a new signature in the hospitality sector in the region, Mistry also promised that the new five-star hotel would help in promoting tourism of Assam in particular and the Northeastern region as a whole. “The captivating beauty of Assam and the Northeast provides huge potential for development of the tourism infrastructure,” he said.

Set up under a public-private partnership model with the Assam government providing land on a 60-year lease extendable by 30 more years, Vivanta by Taj is the second five-star hotel to come up in Guwahati. Radisson Blue, the first five-star hotel of the city was also set up under a PPP model.

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