Taj and Oberoi History
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is a worldwide chain of hotels and resorts. A part of the Tata Group, one of India’s largest business conglomerates, Taj Hotels Resort and Palaces own and operate 76 hotels, 7 palaces, 6 private islands and 12 resorts and spas, spanning 52 destinations in 12 countries across 5 continents and employ over 13000 people  . Besides India, Taj Hotels Resort and Palaces are located in the United States of America,England, Africa, the UAE, Maldives, Malaysia, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Australia.
Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata, founder of the Tata Group, opened the Taj Mahal Palace ; Tower, the first Taj property, on December 16, 1903. He was inspired to open the grand luxury hotel after an incident involving racial discrimination at the Watson’s Hotel in Mumbai, where he was refused entry as the hotel did not permit Indians. Hotels which accepted only European guests were common across British India. Jamsetji Tata traveled to London, Paris,Berlin and Dusseldorf to get the best materials and pieces of art, furniture and interior artifacts for his hotel.
Due to its prime location, traditional architecture and massive size, this hotel soon gained the status of the most iconic hotel in India. The Oberoi Group has been acknowledged as one of the best hotel groups in the world. The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore has been ranked the world’s best hotel by Travel and Leisure Readers Poll for 2010. In addition to this, The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra has been ranked the fifth best in the world, The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur is ranked the thirteenth best in the world and The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur has been ranked the fifteenth best hotel in the world.
The same poll ranks them as the top 4 hotels in Asia. Oberoi Hotels and Resorts has been ranked as the Best Hotel Chain outside United States of America in 2007 and the Best Hotel Chain outside the United Kingdom in 2008. Trident Hotels have been ranked the ‘Best First Class Hotel Brand’ at the Galileo Express Travel World Awards for four consecutive years since 2004. ————————————————- Hotels The Oberoi – Mena House, Giza, Egypt The foundations of the Oberoi Group date back to 1934 when Rai Bahadur Mohan
Singh Oberoi, the founder Chairman of the group bought from an Englishman; two properties – The Clarke’s in Delhi and The Clarke’s in Shimla. In the ensuing years; Mr. Oberoi ably assisted by his two sons, Mr. Tilak Raj Singh Oberoi and Mr. Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi continued the expansion of their group with properties both in India and abroad. Today, Mr. P. R. S. Oberoi is the Chairman of The Oberoi Group and his son; Mr. Vikram Oberoi and his nephew, Mr. Arjun Oberoi serve in the capacities of Joint Managing Directors at EIH Ltd and EIH Associated Hotels, the two major holding companies of The Oberoi Group.
With the addition of The Oberoi, Gurgaon, presently under the Oberoi brand; the group owns and/or operates 17 luxury hotels and 3 luxury cruisers in India, Mauritius, Egypt, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. The first property to be acquired under the “Oberoi” brand was the Oberoi Palm Beach resort at Gopalpur,Orissa. Under the Trident brand, the group owns and/or operate 9 properties in India and one property in Saudi Arabia. The Group also operates the Clarke’s Hotel in Shimla and the Maiden’s Hotel in Delhi. These two properties; however are neither under the Trident nor under the Oberoi brand.