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Mumbai, 2nd August, 2018: The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) today announced the elimination of plastic straws from all its hotels. This decision comes close on the heels of a move to phase out single-use plastics on the occasion of Earth Hour. Earlier this year, the company had also launched its first ever “Zero Single Use Plastic Hotel”, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans.

Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) said “We at IHCL have taken a pledge to phase out single-use plastics from all our hotels so that we can play a small but significant role in our endeavour to conserve the environment. This decision of eliminating plastic straws is in line with our ethos of weaving in sustainable and responsible practices in business operations.”

Plastic straws are amongst the smallest plastic items used in the industry and they alone contribute to over 4% of plastic pollution in the oceans. IHCL’s hotels across its brands – Taj, Vivanta and Ginger will phase out the use of plastic straws in the next hundred days. All hotels in Maharashtra have already replaced the plastic straws with those made of paper and other bio-degradable material.  

About The Indian Hotels Company Limited

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries, bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel - the Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 165 hotels including 20 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries and in over 80 locations.

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is amongst South Asia’s largest Indian hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.

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