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FHRAI gears up for its annual convention
  Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has finalised plans for its annual convention to be held in Shanghai, China from October 11 - 14, 2008. The dates have been advanced by a day to accommodate as many delegates as possible, as most flights from
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Hospitality revenues plummet due to serial blasts
  The recent blast in Kolkata comes fast on the heels of serial blasts in Jaipur, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad. Along with the live bombs found in Surat by the Bomb Disposal Squad, such events have drastically affected the hotel business in these cities. With the hotel business
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MoFPI to observe October 16 as Food Safety Day
  The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has decided to observe October 16, 2008 as Food Safety Day in India. This was announced by Rahul Sarin, Secretary, MoFPI on the platform of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) sponsored two-day
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Himachal Pradesh starts registration process to promote home stay scheme
  Himachal Pradesh government, in order to promote its Home Stay Scheme, 2008, recently started the registration process with the local registration authorities. Only those houses that are well maintained and have a minimum of one or maximum three rooms, with an attached
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Dawnay Day to sell 3 hotel properties
  Dawnay Day Hotels India (DDIL) intends to sell its three upcoming hotels. Last year, the company had announced its plans to foray into the hospitality business under its mid-market brand, Ten Hotels. The three properties are being built in Jaipur, Ahmedabad and
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Bindra Agro to set up five star hotel in Uttarakhand
  Chandigarh-based Bindra Agro Industries Corporation Limited (BAIC) is coming up with Rs 200 Crore five star hotel project, Eden Garden, on the Dehradun - Haridwar road in Uttarakhand. Construction work of
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Sarovar Hotels creates SPV to accrue funds for pan India expansion
  According to Business Standard, Sarovar Hotels and Resorts plans to increase its properties in India from 35 to 100 hotels, with a (raised) investment of Rs 700 – 800 Crore. The 100, 000 room expansion will be
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Sandesh Group of Hotels expands its business
  Sandesh Group of Hotels, a member of Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) and Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) will start a high-end resort with
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WelcomHeritage adds one more property in Nainital
  WelcomHeritage has added another property to its portfolio in Uttarakhand. The new property, WelcomHeritage Bob’s Place, is situated amidst fruit orchards 6,200 feet above sea level in the
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Sarovar launches Grand Hometel in Mumbai
 

Sarovar Hotels and Resorts today launched Grand Hometel, its economy segment hotel in Malad, Mumbai. This is Mumbai's first branded budget hotel and Sarovar's third Hometel in India. With this,
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Ghodawat Group of Industries steps into the hotel business
 

Kolhapur-based Sanjay Ghodawat Group of Industries has entered the hotel business through its subsidiary company, Topaz Investments Pvt Ltd, with a 166 room hotel in Kolhapur. The project involves an
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Speciality Restaurants enters hotel development
 

Speciality Restaurants Pvt Ltd is in the process of adding a hotel asset to its portfolio with the development of its first property at Durgapur. The four-star budget property will be the pilot project of the group in the
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The Yellow Chilli to expand in Himachal and Haryana
 

Panchkula-based Triveni Foods, a franchisee of The Yellow Chilli, a restaurant chain promoted by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, plans to expand its operations in Baddi, in the industrial belt of Himachal Pradesh and
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Australian Trade Mission to host Fine Food Australia 2008
 

Panchkula-based Triveni Foods, a franchisee of The Yellow Chilli, a restaurant chain promoted by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, plans to expand its operations in Baddi, in the industrial belt of Himachal Pradesh and
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Himachal Pradesh to have IHM in Hamirpur soon
 

Himachal Pradesh will soon have an Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition (IHM) at Jhaniyari-Sasan in district Hamirpur. For this Rs 13.3 Crore project, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has approved an amount of
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 PRIME FOCUS

Young Achievers 2008: Harnessing hospitality’s vitality and youth
High aspirations, fast paced growth, and a jet-set corporate lifestyle are the defining aspects of young hospitality professionals. Hospitality Biz presents our tribute to these outstanding individuals
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 MARKET SCOPE

Gujarat: Inbound

Spurred with immense growth for the tourism industry in the neighbouring states like Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Goa, Gujarat is now paving its way to be in the forefront of India’s tourism map.
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 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

The hotel industry: Making provisions for the differently abled

Today, hotels need to offer certain facilities for differently abled people, in order to fulfil the conditions of classification. P Krishna Kumar takes a look at such facilities in a hotel
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 ETIQUETTE
Toast raising: Imbibing to the health of others
Raising a toast to someone has become quite a common practice in India. Arvind Kumar Saraswati, Lecturer, Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BCIHMCT), New Delhi explains the reasons behind the practice, and the correct method of raising a toast
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 ECO ROUTE

Hotels: The eco route
With accelerated growth within the Indian hospitality industry, the need of the hour is for the creation of sustainable designs and construction of green hotels
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 REVENUE MAXIMISATION
Electronic Revenue Maximisation
Revenue Management requires a superior knowledge of the business and informed, timely decisions. Udai Singh Solanki sheds light on the practice that maximises profitability at no extra cost
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 GROUND REALITY
The growing maturity of youth
The impetus of young minds, and their attitude to tackle challenges head-on has completely turned the industry on its head, in the last few years
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