New year is usually the time when cash registers of the capital’s five-star hotels go ka-ching. Customers with deep pockets do not mind splurging on film stars and imported dancers in posh hotels during this time.
This year, however, things are going to be different. For sentimental reasons or security concerns, most hotels have are either cancelling or toning down their celebrations.
Hyatt hotel, which is known for throwing lavish parties to usher in the New Year, said this time they would not be holding any parties.
“We were planning to get a celebrity DJ as well as dance girls from Europe, but we have cancelled all such bashes. This is to express solidarity against what happened to our counterparts in Mumbai,” said Coleen Lobo, spokesperson, Hyatt.
The Taj Mahal and Taj Palace have also cancelled all New Year bashes. “No, we won’t have any big-budget parties, nor are we inviting any celebrities. We cannot think of holding parties at a time when we are mourning the lives lost in the terror attacks. Huge display of festivity would be an insult to those who lost their lives,” said a Taj spokesperson.
Many hotels, however, remain indecisive about whether to take part in festivities or not. “We usually throw the biggest new year parties in Delhi, with the largest number of corporate leaders and businessman in attendance. But we have not decided yet whether to hold bashes or not. We are waiting for the time to pass and observe the general mood of the people.
If it is positive, then we will
plan accordingly,” said Akhil Mathur, director-marketing communications, Le Meridien.
Similarly, Anjali Chatterjee, general manager-marketing communications of The Lalit, also said they were unsure whether their hotel would hold parties.
Interestingly, despite the huge death tolls in their hotels, the Oberoi is unsure whether or not they will have their exclusive big budget parties. Oberoi Hotel officials said they might still have their bash. When Hindustan Times spoke to manager-marketing communications, Silky Sehgal, she refused to comment.