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Two Mumbai Hotels Reopen after November Attacks

  • VOA News

Two Mumbai luxury hotels have partially re-opened less than a month after terrorists seized them in a major attack on India's financial hub.

Security was tight on Sunday as hotel staff re-opened the Taj Mahal Hotel's modern Tower wing and the Trident Hotel at the Oberoi complex.

About one-thousand guests attended a reception at the Taj Mahal to mark the occasion, while the Trident held a multi-faith prayer ceremony.

Heavily-armed Islamic militants stormed both hotels in a three-day assault on Mumbai last month that killed at least 170 people. Hotel workers and guests were among the dead.

The attacks severely damaged the Taj Mahal's historic Palace section and the Oberoi Hotel. Both remain closed for repairs.

Hotel executives say the speed with which the facilities re-opened shows Mumbai's resilience. Guests who came to the two hotels today say they did so to show solidarity.

Both hotels re-opened with new security measures in place, including private security guards, metal detectors, and X-ray scanners for luggage. They say requests for room reservations and restaurants bookings are pouring in.

Meanwhile, authorities in western India's Goa state have banned beach parties over the Christmas and New Year holidays, due to security fears following the Mumbai attacks. Thousands of tourists travel to Goa every month to visit its beaches.

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