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Hyderabad tops in leisure travel growth: Taj group

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HYDERABAD, Dec. 11

HYDERABAD has registered 100 per cent growth in leisure travel and has vast potential for further growth, according to Mr. Jamshed S. Daboo, COO - Leisure Hotels, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces.

He told presspersons here on Wednesday that in terms of growth of leisure travel, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune came next. After the September 11 incident of last year, foreign tourist travel had come down, but it was made up by a rise in the domestic market which registered a growth of nearly 25 per cent. In the leisure segment, the overall occupancy ratio of the hospitality industry, especially the Taj group, was up to 75 per cent.

After the September 11 incidents of 2001, the flow of foreign tourist travellers had come down. The shortfall, to a large extent, has been made up by a rise in the domestic market, which registered a growth of nearly 25 per cent.

Though the hospitality industry faced several setbacks in business owing to a number of factors, the Taj group attempted to attract the tourist/traveller by offering upgraded facilities and introducing holiday products without having to resort to tariff reduction.

Mr Daboo said exclusive spa facilities for men and women, ayurveda treatment, rejuvenation programmes and Indian and world cuisines were made available at Taj Malabar, Fisherman's Cove, Fort Aguada and Taj Exotica.

There were also an array of premium holidays and holiday packages at the group's Jaipur, Udaipur and Agra hotels giving the traveller the experience of international leisure programmes.

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