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Last Updated : January 18, 2019 12:30 Hrs (IST)
Marriott’s unified loyalty brand ‘Marriott Bonvoy’ to go live on February 13 New
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IHCL announces its second property in Nepal, Vivanta Kathmandu New
Hotels in Sikkim boycott GoIbibo and MakeMyTrip
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Abu Dhabi expects India to be top source market for overseas arrivals in 2019
Sofitel Mumbai BKC launches Gin Bar at Jyran Restaurant
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Hotels & OTAs At Loggerheads
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Flou, the Italian luxury bedroom and furniture designs brand, has opened their first flagship store in India at Mahipalpur in Delhi. The Italian company has joined hands with CaptMukesh Kumar, Founder of Kanu Kitchen Kulture, to open the flagship store in Delhi.
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Speaking at a panel discussion dedicated to ‘Tourism: Safety and Security’ organised by the Indian Merchants Chamber, Subodh Jaiswal, Police Commissioner, Mumbai, urged tourism stakeholders in India to overcome the “chalta hai attitude” on matters of safety and security of tourists in India. Tourism in India has shown phenomenal growth in the past years and is considered to be the biggest driver to the nation’s economic growth. Along with the huge growth, security and safety of tourists has become a complex and vulnerable issue. Lack of safety and security, and incidences of crime represent a more serious threat to travel and tourism, than any other factor. “There is a need to invest in the training and development of stakeholders to make them realise that the ‘chalta hai attitude’ has to go for our own betterment. One single incident created by any of the stakeholders can cause heavy damage for the tourism industry”, said Jaiswal.
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The on-going dispute between hotels across the nation and Online Travel Aggregators (OTAs) – GoIbibo and Make My Trip (Go-MMT) has further deteriorated with hotels in Sikkim. The Sikkim Hotels & Restaurants Association (SHRA) declared an immediate boycott of the aforementioned OTAs. The hoteliers’ association recently held a meeting in Gangtok during which it was unanimously agreed to not continue conducting business with Go-MMT until the concerns were addressed and resolved. The boycott will be effective from 16th January 2019. During the meeting, SHRA member hotels have also decided to terminate their contracts with Go-MMT immediately.
Kitchen, Bakery >>
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) recently concluded its 13th Conclave of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) Food Safety Supervisor Training in Advance Catering in Mumbai. The programmes were conducted at The Emerald Hotel in Juhu and at the Institute of Hotel Management in Dadar respectively on October 10 and 12, respectively. Eighty hospitality professionals participated in the training sessions. As per the HRAWI release, the association has so far conducted a total of twenty-five Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC) programmes through which 880 hospitality professionals have been trained and certified for the Western region.
 
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Bengaluru-based GD Group has announced its major push into the hospitality sector with a plan to open as many as six properties by the end of 2019 under the brand name of Great Destinations Hotels and Resorts. The company chose to make a foray into the hospitality sector as the GD Group has a foundation rooted deep in services. It has ventures in retail, education and healthcare.

The Indian Hotels Company Limited's iconic brand Taj has opened its second hotel in Udaipur - Taj Aravali Resort & Spa. Nestled at the foothills of the picturesque Aravali Mountain Range, the resort is spread across twenty-seven acres of lush landscaped gardens.

The opening of Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit marks the Hyatt Regency brand’s entry into the capital of Thailand. Located on the bustling Sukhumvit Road, the hotel is connected to the Nana station of the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) via a sky bridge and offers guests convenient access to nearby shopping malls, office buildings and tourist attractions.

DATA Resort is India's first and only military-themed glamping resort, setting 5 star standards in the heart of a jungle. The unique themed resort offers 27 luxurious glamping tents, of 500 sq. feet each, which provide a spectacular military living experience, also comes with a private patio to take full advantage of the spectacular views, and are furnished with spacious double bed and custom-designed bespoke furniture. Each room is equipped with 42-inch flat screen TVs, Cable, telephones, a fully equipped minibar, and an electronic safe in the room, contemporary shower cubicles, steam rooms, Jacuzzi and luxurious bath amenities.

  H&R Johnson opens sixth Experience Store in India to service Customers, Architects & Designers as a one-stop-shop
  Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Announces Opening of The Muraka, World’s First-of-its-Kind Residence

 
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IITT(India International Travel & Tourism Exhibition)
January 10 -12, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai

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Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach appointed Chef K. S. Mageswaran as the senior executive sous chef. He has completed his hotel management and catering technology course from the Bhararthiar University Coimbatore. Chef Mangeswaran started off his culinary journey as a Chef at Trident Oberoi, Bangalore and possesses an experience of 19 years.
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