Friday, September 30, 2011


September 28, 2011: The Gateway Hotels & Resorts today announced the launch of The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest. This will be the fourth Gateway branded hotel in Gujarat, in addition to the existing hotels in Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara. The Gateway Hotels & Resorts, from the Taj Group of Hotels, caters to the upscale segment and has expanded its footprint in Gujarat with this launch. With the opening of this hotel, The Gateway Hotels & Resorts now has 21 hotels in its portfolio.
"With this opening, we endeavour to pioneer new and unique destinations. While Gir Forest needs no introduction, we feel that there is great scope to develop tourism and hospitality here. We are happy to have received support and encouragement from the state government and hope to grow and expand in the state", said Mr. P. K. Mohankumar, Chief Operating Officer, The Gateway Hotel.
Located at the edge of the world-renowned Gir Forest, The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, is the nature lover's ideal getaway. With its rich surroundings of dry deciduous and tropical thorn forests, the hotel faces the Hiran River to offer a picturesque and serene setting, away from the bustle of the city. Home to the Asiatic lion, the Sasan Gir Forest is one of the only two natural habitats of this subspecies around the world. The latest census recorded the lion count in Gir at 411. The leopard, jungle cat, rusty spotted cat, cheetal, sambhar, four-horned antelope, wild boar and hare are also easy to spot here, along with over 200 species of avifauna.
Also integral to the experience will be the jungle safaris that the hotel will provide in an open Gypsy.
For those who prefer a cultural expedition instead, the hotel is also close to various temples such as the Somnath, Banej and Kankai Temple, and historical destinations such as Junagadh, Gondal and Rajkot.
The 28 aesthetically designed rooms are equipped with convenient modern-day facilities. A multi-cuisine restaurant, GAD is the ideal hang-out option.
As a part of Tatas, India's premier business house, The Gateway Hotel has always believed that society and ecosystems are integral stakeholders in business, therefore are fully committed to the cause of building a sustainable environment.
Being a part of a very sensitive and rare ecosystem the hotel makes consistent efforts to ensure that its operations are responsible and least damaging to the ecosystem and that its presence in this region creates fresh opportunities for local communities around.
Apart from this utmost care has been taken to incorporate local plant species in the hotel to preserve the environment and create a green zone. The Gateway Hotel is also in the process of procuring and developing historic, endangered and rare plants which are in danger of becoming extinct. Ranging from Luffa Ecninata (Kukadvel) useful in treatment of jaundice to Premua Obtusifolia (Gheeteli) - an ancestral holy plant used for lighting 'Yagna' to Convolvulus microphyllus (Shankh Pushpi) used as brain tonic and immunity-builder for infants. More than 12 -15 such species have been identified in partnership with Dr. Rasik Bhatt , Junagadh based nature enthusiast and will soon be planted in the hotel.
The hotel is also keen to see local people access opportunities in hospitality and service sector in and around the region therefore has tied up with Ambuja Cement Foundation in Kodinar to provide skill training to local youth interested in careers in hospitality. A short course in house keeping and restaurant service is scheduled to begin at Kodinar in October-end.
 About The Gateway Hotel and Resorts
The Gateway Hotel and Resorts (upscale full service hotels) is a pan-India network of hotels and resorts that offers business and leisure travelers a hotel designed, keeping the modern nomad in mind. At The Gateway Hotel, we believe in keeping things simple. This is why our hotels are divided into 7 simple zones - Stay, Hangout, Meet, Work, Workout, Unwind and Explore. As travel often means more hassle than harmony, more stress than satisfaction, modern travelers are looking for smarter choices. Driven by our passion for perfection, we welcome our customers to a refreshingly enjoyable and hassle-free experience, anytime, everywhere. Offering the highest consistency in quality, service and style we set new standards and take the unwanted surprises out of traveling. Our warm welcome makes our guests feel at home, away from home and our crisp and courteous service empowers them to get more done with greater effectiveness and control. And through our unrivalled network we provide service that is effortless, simple, never overwhelming and always warm.
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Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 93 hotels in 53 locations across India with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, 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 Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.  For over a century, Taj Mahal Palace, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.For further information, please contact: Kulveen Narula at Vaishnavi Corporate Communications on 9898999332

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