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Brief Published: 31 Aug 2010

Heritage Tourism


The luxury sector is seeing a renaissance in heritage tourism. This year, Turkey and India are leading the way with two high-profile hotel refurbishments unveiled in September and November 2010 – both hotels were originally built in the late 1800s.  

In Istanbul, the listed 115-room Pera Palace has been returned to its former glory in a 23 million euros project to restore the Neo-Classical, Art Nouveau and Oriental styles integral to the property.

Meanwhile, the culmination of a meticulous and fascinating 10-year project in Hyderabad, India, initiated by the Taj Hotel Group, will see the mock Italian-cum-Tudor Taj Faluknuma (visited by King George V and the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II) throw its doors open to the public in November.

Pera Palace

Taj Hotels