Indian Hotels MD Raymond Bickson: We were able to change an adversity into a favour
The iconic heritage wing of 107-year-old Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai will reopen on the Independence Day, almost 22 months after a group of terrorists stormed into it and laid siege to it for three days. "This flagship property, this venerable Old Lady, is going to reopen in the same glory, the same splendour of more than 100 years," Tata group chairman Ratan Tata announced on Thursday, standing on the grand cantilever stairway amid loud cheers of employees who tossed rose petals in the air. Raymond Bickson , managing director of The Indian Hotels Company (IHC), feels the first shutdown in its more than hundred years of existence has helped the company modernise and contemporise the historic Palace wing of the hotel. "We were able to change an adversity into a favour," he told ET in an interview.