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Taj Group conferred the 2014 Gallup Great Workplace Award for the fifth consecutive year

The only Indian hospitality company to be listed by the Study

March, 2014

Mumbai, March, 2014:Taj Group announced today that it has been awarded the 2014 Gallup Great Workplace Award for the fifth consecutive year. The Taj has been listed alongside 35 other companies from across the world. Gallup evaluates and recognizes exceptional organizations whose leadership excels in employee engagement to drive business outcomes. The Taj is the only organization in India and the only hotel chain in the world to have won the award for five consecutive years.

This year, more than 15000 number of employees of The Taj Group of Hotels participated in the Gallup survey, with results showing that they enjoy their workplace, appreciate Tajís professional training development programs and take immense pride in providing world-class hospitality services to guests from across the world. The Taj started its Employee Engagement journey with Gallup in 1999 and first qualified in 2010 and has been winning the award ever since.

Commenting on the achievement, Mr. Raymond N. Bickson, Managing Director & CEO, Taj Hotels said "It is a matter of great honor to receive, for the fifth time in a row, the Gallup Great Workplace Award. We take great pride in cultivating a culture that values people and believes in building long-term relationships. Our employees are our greatest asset and this award directly reflects their hard-work, dedication and commitment to the organization. Being the oldest Tata group company, The Taj has had a long history of striving hard to go beyond everyday rigor and create an environment where employees collectively feel a sense of belonging, purpose and are aligned with the organizationís values and mission."

Gallup Great Workplace Award winners span the globe and represent all facets of business from healthcare to hospitality, retail to manufacturing, and banks to insurance. These award winners average a ratio of nine engaged employees for every actively disengaged employee. This is more than five times the ratio in the US and more than 16 times the ratio for workforces globally.

The Gallup judging panel reviews each application and focuses on parameters such as strategy and leadership, accountability and performance, and development and ongoing learning. It ultimately selects those organizations that demonstrate the highest focus on engagement and converting it into business advantage.

The Taj management will be presented with the Gallup Great Workplace Award during a ceremony that will be held at the Gallupís Spring Summit at Omaha on 14 May 2014.

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 109 hotels in 64 locations across India with an additional 17 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.† From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.† For over a century, The†Taj†Mahal†Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth.† Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group,†India's premier business house. To learn more, please visit www.tajhotels.com.

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