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 Vikram Singh Appointed General Manager of Campton Place, 
San Francisco, Taj’s Third U.S. Hotel
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SAN FRANCISCO - May 1, 2007 - Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces takes over Campton Place, San Francisco, a Taj Hotel, on April 30, following completion of its $58 million acquisition of the 110-room luxury European-style hotel adjacent to Union Square between the city’s financial and shopping districts. 

Taj, which owns and manages a portfolio of 77 luxurious, historic and contemporary hotels worldwide, will enhance Campton Place’s original reputation for quiet elegance, unrivaled guest service, privacy and style, pledged Raymond Bickson, Managing Director and CEO of Indian Hotels Company Ltd., which operates Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. 

“Campton Place defined excellence in the art of hospitality and fine dining in San Francisco for leisure and business travelers when it re-opened in 1984 as the city’s first true small luxury hotel,” said Bickson. “Some of America’s most innovative chefs launched their reputations at the Campton Place restaurant. My goal is to build its stature as San Francisco’s premier address for discerning travelers and for everyone who loves an exceptional dining experience.” 

Bickson said he has appointed one of Taj’s most accomplished hoteliers as the new General Manager. “Vikram Aditya Singh has perfect credentials for leading Campton Place in this great city known for its fine hotels and restaurants. He has proven himself as General Manager of the widely acclaimed Taj Exotica Resort and Spa in the Maldives. Earlier, he was Operations Director of Taj Safari Lodges in India and Director of Food and Beverage at two of our palaces in India. He understands the sophisticated traveler, and the importance of efficient and gracious service in an intimate-sized hotel.” 
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Franz Zeller (left), Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Taj Luxury Hotels-International, greets Vikram Singh, the new General Manager of Campton Place, San Francisco, a Taj Hotel today upon Taj's acquisition of the intimate 110-room luxury property at Union Square. The deal marks Taj's entry to the West Coast and gives the company three hotels in the US: The Pierre in New York, Taj Boston and now Campton Place, San Francisco. (Photo: Business Wire) 
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Before joining Taj, Singh spent five years with Four Seasons Hotels and worked in three of its Mobil 5-star, AAA 5-diamond hotels in Chicago, Vancouver and Seattle. He is an honors graduate of the renowned Swiss Hotel Association’s Les Roches School of Hotel Management. 

Taj officials again confirmed there will be no large scale personnel changes following the acquisition. The hotel will honor all prior bookings for hotel rooms, restaurants and conferences. 

Acquired from Kor Hotel Group, Campton Place is the third luxury hotel in the Taj portfolio in North America and the first on the West Coast, and is part of the company’s expansion program in the US market. In 2005, Taj Hotels entered into a lease agreement to operate and manage The Pierre, the luxurious landmark hotel on New York’s Fifth Avenue. Earlier this year, it assumed full ownership of the 1927 Boston landmark hotel overlooking the city’s Public Garden at Arlington and Newbury streets and renamed it Taj Boston. 

Further acquisitions are planned in U.S. gateway cities. Internationally, Taj acquired the 100-room W Hotel in Sydney’s central business district 15 months ago and is expanding into China, South Africa and the Middle East. 

Campton Place, San Francisco, a Taj Hotel, has a 98-year-old heritage. It re-opened in 1984 when two buildings that date back to 1909 and 1910 were combined into one. Today, it has 101 guest rooms, nine suites, a restaurant, bar, fitness center and high speed broadband Internet access in the rooms and wireless Internet access in the lobby and public areas. 

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces 

With a legacy dating back to the launch of its landmark hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower in Mumbai, in 1903, the Taj portfolio worldwide today encompasses luxury and business hotels, and distinctive leisure resorts, including the award winning Taj Exotica Resort & Spa at Maldives and Mauritius, 51 Buckingham Gate in London, and Blue, Woolloomooloo Bay in Sydney, amongst others. 

Taj Hotels also manages a portfolio of some of the finest authentic palace hotels in the world. These include the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, recipient of the World Monuments Fund’s 2006 Hadrian Award for architectural restoration, and selected by the editors of Robb Report Luxury Hotels 2006 as one of the world’s 100 most exceptional hotels: The Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, rated 10th in The Top 100 Travel+Leisure’s annual Readers‘ Poll – World’s Best Awards 2006; the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, rated among the Top 50 in Asia; and the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai rated among the Top 500 World’s Best Hotels. 

In 2006, Taj Hotels announced the launch of four new luxury projects: The Taj Exotica Golf Resort & Spa (Opening 2008) in Doha, Qatar; the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa (Opening 2008) on the Palm Jumeirah Crescent in Dubai; the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa (Opening 2009) in Phuket, Thailand and a Taj Luxury Hotel (Opening 2008) in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house. 

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Contact:

Babs Harrison, 212-851-8425
babs@sheiladonnelly.com

http://tajhotels.com

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Also See: Raymond Bickson Aaccepts Position of Chief Operating Officer for Taj Luxury Hotels; Will Relocate to Bombay after 15 Years as GM of The Mark New York City / Nov 2002
Heiko Kuenstle Appointed General Manager of The Pierre New York, a Taj Hotel / July 2005
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