HISTORY AND INDIAN
Jackwinder Singh Uppal
The most famous resort of the ancient world was Baiae,
Italy, which was popular over 2,000 years ago.
First resorts in the United States were developed in mid
Focus was service and relaxation.
Target market~ wealthy
Access ~ Horse and carriage
Located in cool mountains/warm or hot springs.
Natural attractions and geography
Medicinal properties of hot springs, mineral and
Objective was to getaway and indulge in something
different and exclusive.
Combination of climate, natural resources, and
accessibility provided new means of transportation
were the keys to resort development
Wars and economic cycles
World war I and II
Recessions and depressions
Others like: sunscreen and lotions,
Portable windows and walls,
1464 A.D. - Its old name was Trigartpur. Tijara fort
situated on the crest of a hill has been famous fort
NEEMARANA FORT PALACE.
Constructed in 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort is perhaps
the oldest heritage resort in India.
The fort has some beautiful suites furnished in an
eclectic mixture of traditional Indian and colonial
furniture. The hanging gardens along its southern
ramparts, add to the rugged beauty.
1819 - Shimla of Himachal Pradesh was the summer capital of the erstwhile
British Raj in India when British camped here in the year 1819. Today Shimla
is one of the top tourists' hotspots in India. The hill resort witnesses
innumerable tourists every year.
1835 - The hill resort of Darjeeling was given to the British Governor
General of India Lord Bentinck in 1835 as a gesture of friendship. Darjeeling
was developed into a hill resort by the British, where their officers and
merchants could enjoy a peaceful holiday.
In 1841, the British first discovered Nainital as a holiday resort. Today, the
town has emerged as one of the most important hill resorts of India. Nainital
is a modem hill resort of northern India (336 kms from Delhi) connected by
best- aligned and maintained roads.
1817 - Gifted to the British East India Company in 1817, Darjeeling is the hill
station of West Bengal. This has been called the queen of hill-stations.
Darjeeling is one of India's most famous hill resorts. It is 2134 m or 7000ft
above sea level.
1903 - Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and
Palace is one of Asia's largest and finest group of
hotels, comprising 66 hotels in 45 locations across India
with an additional 15 international hotels across the
1927 - Skiing - One of the major attractions of Kashmir
is skiing in winter at Gulmarg, which was India 's first Ski
Resort since the establishment of the Ski Club of India
here by the British in 1927. Gulmarg has good sunshine
as well as good snow, ideal conditions.
The Oberoi Group, founded in 1934, operates 28 hotels and three cruisers in
five countries under the luxury ‘Oberoi’ and five-star ‘Trident’ brands. The
Group is also engaged in flight catering, airport restaurants, travel and tour
services, car rentals, project management and corporate air charters.
The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur; The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra; Wildflower Hall,
Shimla in the Himalayas; The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore; The Oberoi
Cecil, Shimla and The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur. Overseas, the new hotels
include The Oberoi, Lombok in Indonesia, The Oberoi, Mauritius and The
Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh in Egypt. The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser,
Egypt was launched in 2007.
1972 - The India Tourism Development Corporation pioneered beach tourism
when it secured India's place in the sun with its Kovalam Resort near
Thiruvananthapuram along Kerala's Arabian Sea shores way back in 1972.
Taj's Fort Aguada followed a few years late.
Oct 18, 1975 - ITC's hotel division was launched on October 18, 1975, with
the opening of its first hotel - Chola Sheraton in Chennai.
In 1998, a visionary group of resort developers and RCI inked a blueprint
for an independent body – an association with a purpose and an agenda –
keeping in mind the nascent profile of timeshare in the country and the
constructive role that could be played by developers to grow the industry.
Importantly, to work hand-in-hand with both promoters and consumers. This
was how the foundation was laid for the All India Resort Development
Oct 10, 2006 - The board will meet to consider the amalgamation of Indian
Resorts, a subsidiary of the company that is listed on The Bombay Stock
Exchange (BSE) with itself. At present, the promoters of Indian Resorts (a host
of Tata Group companies) have a 52.09% shareholding in the company.
Mar 9, 2007 - Indian Hotels Company Ltd has announced that Hon'ble High
Court of Bombay has approved the Scheme of Amalgamation on March 09,
2007. The scheme inter alia, provided for amalgamation of "Indian Resort
Hotels Ltd", "Gateway Hotels and Getaway Resorts Ltd ", "Asia Pacific Hotels
Ltd", "Taj Lands End Ltd", "Kuteeram Resorts Pvt Ltd" with the Company.