MUMBAI: The tower block of the Trident-Oberoi Hotel, one of the targets of the November 26 terror attacks, reopened on Sunday (December 21) after three weeks of refurbishment work in India's financial capital Mumbai.
During the terror attack, 22 guests and 10 employees were killed in the siege that was laid by Islamist gunmen at this luxury hotel.
“Leaders of all religions were present during the (re)opening of
Trident Hotel. They all appealed for peace and harmony in the country. We quoted the verses of Quran and told every body that Quran condemns violence in all its forms,” said Maulana Sayeed Azhar Ali, Member of All India Personal Law Board.
The older Oberoi wing, which suffered more of extensive damage, will
take another six to seven months to open, Rattan Keswani, President of Trident Hotels said at a news conference.
Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ashok Chavan gave assurances that
adequate measures would be taken to ensure the safety of the hotel.
“We all have been told to tighten security. Myself and Deputy
Chief Minister and the Home Minister will assure that they (police) get enough weapons also because the nature of problem has changed. The nature of security measures have also changed accordingly. Let us see what we have to discuss with them (hotel management) but they have been advised to maintain tight security,” he said.
The 550-room Trident, which brings in nearly a quarter of annual
revenue of the Oberoi-owned East India Hotel Limited (EHL), is a favourite of foreign business executives because of its location in the business district and sweeping view of the Arabian Sea.
Trident's business is expected to suffer during the a traditionally
peak tourist and business season between January to March. Occupancy rates are expected to fall 30 percent from last year. Keswani saidthat during January and March the hotel has usualy had 80 to 85 percent occupancy.
EIH, which has properties in Egypt, Indonesia, Mauritius and Saudi
Arabia has 11 Oberoi hotels and eight Trident branded properties in the
country, its website showed.
Meanwhile, the shares of EIH soared by 13.3 percent to 135.10 rupees on Friday in the Mumbai stock market that nudged up 0.23 percent.