This Week's Top Headlines
ATF hike expected to affect hotel occupancies
  The price rise in aviation turbine fuel (ATF) which led most airlines to increase their ticket rates, is expected to have a cascading effect on the hospitality industry. The industry — especially ...read more>>
 
Reality show: Hotels vs service providers
  The recent raids at hotels over the private broadcasting issue has caused ripples in the hospitality industry. With broadcasters raiding star category hotels in Pune, Nagpur, Mumbai and ...read more>>
 
IHC launches its official website
  Indian Housekeepers Club (IHC) launched its website indianhousekeepersclub at Hotel Bella Casa, Jaipur, recently. It was inaugurated by Sanjay Pant, General Manage...read more>>
 
CAI aims for independent chapter of Les Clefs d’Or by 2010
  The Concierge Association of India (CAI), the national body representing the concierges of the country is aiming for an independent chapter of Les Clefs d’Or, India. The association presently ...read more>>
 
Chandigarh to get UNESCO World Modern Heritage City status by next month
  Chandigarh city is likely to get the status of World Modern Heritage City by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), next month, as the Punjab Government ...read more>>
 
Indian tourism industry to see an influx of 10 mn international tourists by 2010
  Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Indian Tourism Industry Analysis" report to their offering. The report provides an insight into the Indian tourism market. It evaluates . ...read more>>
 
PSEB and PIDB amend EoI eligibility of Bathinda’s five-star hotel
  The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) have amended Expression of Interest (EoI) eligibility criteria for the development of five star hotel at Bathinda. This decision was taken at the Project Briefing Meeting ...read more>>
 
HSMAI to host seminar on ‘Green Events’
  The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) will host three city tour of a seminar addressing “Green Events” in July – Singapore (July 18th), Phuket (July 22nd) and ...read more>>
 
Olive to grow in new cities
  AOlive Bar & Kitchen is extensively looking at a strong brand building exercise across India, which will include expansion of the brand to new cities. As part of the first phase of its expansion plans, the restaurant chain will introduce new outlets under ...read more>>
 
Sun International Hotels keen to tap the Indian outbound market
 

Sun International Hotels, leading resort and casino operator in Southern Africa is keen on tapping the outbound Indian market. The hotel chain is looking at actively promoting and marketing its brand in India through a series of promotional campaigns. Along with metros like ...read more>>

   
24x7 Waiter introduces webdhaba
 

Bengaluru-based 24x7 Waiter has launched its integrated website webdhaba, which offers customers the option to select a restaurant, outlet, cuisine, compare prices, delivery time and place the order. Earlier, the restaurants had to individually drive traffic to the 24x7 portal, but now the traffic will be driven by 24x7. ...read more>>

   
Parkland to open boutique hotel near Delhi airport
 

Parkland Meadows, Delhi-based real estate developers who own and operate boutique hotel properties under the Parkland brand, will come up with another property near the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) by 2009. The airport property will have ...read more>>

   
Royal Palms India launches fifth condominium project in Mumbai
 

Royal Palms India has now launched Piccadilly V (Piccadilly Five), the fifth in a series of successful condominium projects, which offer economical small to medium-sized weekend homes to buyers within the city. The condos cater to individuals ...read more>>

   
Pride Group looking for JV in the Middle East
 

In a bid to expand its operations globally, Pride Group of Hotels is looking for prospective partners to develop hotels in the Middle East. Further, to meet the requirements of the Indian market in the tier II and III cities, the group has launched its ...read more>>

   
Indiatimes Travel adds 20,000 international hotels
 

Indiatimes Travel has recently added almost 20,000 international hotels across 200 countries to its list. The list includes hotels from the small budget to the super luxury ones. ...read more>>

 PRIME FOCUS

Slack season: The ripe time to showcase one’s talent
Every season brings with it, its own charm and difficulties. As an individual, we can afford to adjust to the seasons according to our temperament. However, when it comes to an industry, the situation is totally different. They have to be geared up, and ready for any eventuality.
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 MARKET SCOPE
The Liquidity Crisis and the Indian Hotel Industry: a Hurdle or a Silver Lining?
The state of turmoil in global financial markets has generated new concerns for the hospitality industry. This article attempts to ‘gaze the crystal ball’ and see what lies ahead for the industry in emerging markets like India
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Designing budget hotels: Seasoning the interiors
Most people who stay in average hotels find the rooms, corridors, lobby and the interiors very dull and ordinary. This often makes the occupants feel uncomfortable. A guest staying in a hotel room expects the interiors to be pleasant and relaxing.
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 ECO SPOTLIGHT

The hospitality industry and environment : Luxury and responsibility
The concept of eco-friendliness is seeping down to all levels of industry and business in India. So much so, that the hospitality industry was aware of the importance of the concept about a decade ago. However, when hoteliers started talking about the need to be environmentally friendly, it was regarded as a mere fad.
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 HOTEL DESIGN

Flashback to the cave era
Although the Guhantara project was conceptualised eight years ago, it took many years for the new concept to take shape. The underground cave resort was built from scratch, inspired by the Ajanta and Ellora caves.
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 FACE TO FACE
“The hospitality sector’s quality of service has improved”
Vijay Bhaskaran, F&B Manager, Le Royal Meridien – Bengaluru, talks about the key improvements seen in the hospitality industry
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