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Oman interested in investment in hotel sectors in India
  The Minister of Tourism of Oman, Dr Rajha bint Abdulameer Bin Ali met the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Ambika Soni, recently and assured her that she will convince Omanese investors to come forward to make investment in the hotel sector in India 
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GoI considers formation of Real Estate Management Bill
  In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Ajay Maken, Minister of State for Urban Development stated that the Government of India is considering the formulation of a Real Estate Management (Regulation and Control) Bill, which will be applicable to the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The bill, which is at the draft stage, will act as model legislation for other States.
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IGNOU approves SNIIHM as a programme centre for BA in Hospitality
  Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (IGNOU) approved the Panchkula based Sarva Institute of Hotel Management (SNIIHM) as a programme centre for Bachelor of Art (BA) in International Hospitality Administration (IHA) for a maximum intake of 40 students, recently. The BA-International Hospitality Administration will commence in July 2008.  
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NKC recommends independent regulatory authority for higher education sector
  National Knowledge Commission (NKC) has recommended that the government constitute Independent Regulatory Authority for Higher Education (IRAHE), in order to free the Indian higher education sector from the clutches of restrictive regimes  
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Sohum Spas to manage spas for TGMC and St Laurn
  Sohum Spas, Core Wellness Limited’s spa brand plans to expand in the Indian market, in association with five star hotel chains. The group has tied up with The Great Maratha Corporation (TGMC) for the management of a spa facility in the hotel company’s nine Ramada hotels in Maharashtra. The company has also entered into an agreement with St Laurn Group of Hotels to manage spas at the group’s properties at Hinjewadi in Pune, Goa and Shirdi 
 
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DLF-Hilton’s hospitality debut in New Delhi/Saket by end 2008
  The DLF-Hilton JV’s hospitality debut is marked by the launch of Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket, which is slated to be operational by end 2008. Located in an up-market mall, the 116 room property will be the first Hilton Garden Inn in India  
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IL&FS IDC Ltd to enter Sikkim by 2008 end
  In a bid to expand its footprints in Sikkim, IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDC) Limited plans to launch a few projects in the North Eastern state, Sikkim beginning with Gangtok. Presently, the company is on the look out for an appropriate site to develop a five star property. It aims to start construction work on the same, by end 2008  
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Blue Foods rolls out expansion plans for 2008-09
  Blue Foods Pvt Ltd, which operates F&B brands such as Bombay Blue, Copper Chimney, Noodle Bar and Gelato Italiano, will expand its portfolio with 65 outlets across India, by 2009. The group also plans to open 50 outlets of its master franchise, ‘The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’, on a pan India basis by 2011  
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KHPLs 'Village' restaurant to enter USA, UAE, UK
  Kambala Hospitality Pvt Ltd has confirmed that it will take its ‘Village’ brand of restaurants to USA, UK and UAE by mid-2009. The company already operates six brands of restaurants in India. There are plans to expand the brand in Indian metros while a franchise model will be undertaken to penetrate the tier II cities  
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Minerva Grand to expand to four new locations
  The Secunderabad Group of Hotels, Hyderabad plans to expand its Minerva Grand Hotels brand with four new locations; Banjara in Hyderabad, Vijaywara, Bengaluru and Pune. Minerva Grand is the company’s boutique business hotel brand  
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 PRIME FOCUS

Butlers: The industry's unsung heroes
The word 'butler' can have different connotations if you go by its dictionary meaning. However, a butler's job profile in a modern hotel demands much more than that of a 'senior household servant'. He/she performs the role of a ‘house administrator’, rather than a ‘servant’ these days ...read more>>
 
 HOSPITALITY PEOPLE

MT programs: A talent hunt
The hotel industry eagerly awaits new recruits, who will come on board in the next few months. While recruitments are done on both, the operational and management level, the most sought out placements seem to be in the ‘Management Trainee’ (MT) program offered by ...read more>>
 
 HOUSEKEEPING

Flower power for the hotels

Floral decoration is an integral part of any venue today, as it does more than just enhance the ambience of the venue. It also provides a touch of freshness and gaiety, which directly caters to the senses of sight and smell. As there are umpteen number of decorative options based on cultures, regions or ...read more>>
 
 SECURITY

Electronic door locks: A key to your privacy
The guest's security and privacy are of paramount importance for the success of a hotel. The security provided by guest room locks plays a major role in ensuring this. Dominic Fernandes traces the journey made by ...read more>>
 
 KITCHEN & BAKERY
The cheese man cometh
Jehangir D Lawyer, Managing Director, Fortune Gourmet Specialities Pvt Ltd shares his expertise on the subtle nuances of cheese. For many of the culinary trends that originate in the west, there is a significant time gap before they reach ...read more>>
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