Monday, September 8, 2014

India: Tip of the Day--New Delhi's Leela Palace Offers Tourism Program for Women Effective 9/15

According to http://www.indiatoday.intoday.in, a top New Delhi hotel, The Leela Palace Hotel, has launched a special program for female clients.

The initiative is an effort to win back tourists, women and foreigners and ensure that their safety in the Indian capital is assured given India's reputation as a sexual assault center.

The Leela Palace will begin offering its Kamal package for women to make them feel safe during their visit to New Delhi, effective September 15.

The package will include complimentary pick-up and drop-off  with vetted drivers to women tour guides for female guests.

Kamal programs include a female-only floor with an an all-woman check-in, staff, concierge, housekeeping staff and butlers.

The program will also provide access to an an all-woman spa.

The Leela Palace will include surveillance cameras 24/7 in all hallways, staircases and other public areas.

The Kamal programs will span all rooms from basic to the deluxe Maharaja that includes a private pool.

COMMENT: As is known all too well, India has developed a tragic reputation for sexual assault and gang-rape, which is largely why the Leela Palace is going out of way to cater to women travelers.

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative had in fact warned that a rape occurs in India every 30 minutes. As a result, the UK's Foreign Office has "urged British women in Goa, New Delhi, Bangalore and Rajasthan concerning unwanted attention in the form of verbal and physical harassment," the Foreign Office warns.

Serious attacks against Polish, German, Swiss and Danish women travelers have been reported thus far in 2014.