This Week's Top Headlines
Gorkha agitation in North Bengal hits hospitality business
  The recent Gorkha Janamukti Morcha-led Gorkha agitation in North Bengal has led to a substantial drop in the state’s tourism and hospitality trade. The Gorkha’s demand for a separate state (Gorkhaland) has greatly affected ...read more>>
 
Kerala Tourism to undertake major classification exercise
  In order to clean the stables and save gullible tourists from being duped, Kerala Tourism will undertake a classification exercise of Ayurvedic treatment centres, house boats and ...read more>>
 
UFTAA to launch hotel booking search engine in October 2008
  United Federation of Travel Agents’ Association (UFTAA) is in the process of launching a hotel booking search engine for travel agents, which will generate the lowest available price of room inventory. It will be launched at the 42nd UFTAA Congress and ...read more>>
 
IFCA launches its integrated website
  Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA) has launched an integrated website for all the culinary associations in India at an investment of Rs 4 lakh. The website can also be accessed from the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) ...read more>>
 
Starwood Hotels and Resorts to work with Indian OTAs, to enhance sales margins
  New York based, Starwood Hotels and Resorts PTE LTD will now work with Indian online agents to enhance their sales margins from Asia Pacific market. Currently working with Travelguru ...read more>>
 
The Leela Palace, Bangalore wins best business hotel award
  The Leela Palace, Bangalore has been chosen as ‘India’s Leading Business Hotel’ by the World Travel Awards for the second time consecutively. Hailed as "the Oscars of the Travel Industry", by the Wall Street Journal, WTA is the travel industry's most...read more>>
 
Berggruen Hotels expands on an international scale
  Berggruen Hotels plans to set up Greenfield properties in south Asia, north Africa and the Middle East. The first phase (’08 - ’09) of the overseas expansion will see an investment of 100 million USD). Of this investment, about 70 million USD will be invested in ...read more>>
 
Tristar Hotels to invest Rs 400 Crore on upcoming projects
  Delhi based Tristar Hotels Pvt. Ltd, is looking to invest up to Rs 400 Crore in seven upcoming projects across India. This investment forms the first phase of their expansion plans which ...read more>>
 
Searchmela to introduce hotel search by August 2008
  Searchmela, a mega search engine, introduced by New York based TripMela.com in India, is planning to introduce hotel search engine by August, 2008. The website helps in fare comparison of ...read more>>
 
Grand Hyatt implements extensive energy conservation methods
 

As a means to implement energy efficient measures, Grand Hyatt, Mumbai is in the process of setting up extensive energy conservation devices within the property. The proposals for conservation will be implemented by end 2008. ...read more>>

   
Power Spa to adopt high street options for expansion
 

As a means to expand its presence in the Indian market, Power Spa, the Mumbai based spa management company is considering introducing spa outlets at high street locations including...read more>>

   
Olive Bar & Kitchen to open its second restaurant in Mumbai
 

The Olive Bar & Kitchen is all set to open its second restaurant in Mumbai this week. It will launch its restaurant in Mahalaxmi, in South Mumbai. It will be located near the stables of the Amateur Riders Club (ARC). Its first restaurant is located in ...read more>>

   
IHM Bengaluru to launch Executive Development Centre in August 2008
 

The Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) in Bengaluru will open its Executive Development Centre (EDC) by the end of August 2008. The centre, which will see an investment of Rs five crore, has been given a financial grant of Rs four crore (for the project) by ...read more>>

   
de Souza Group to open eight to ten apart hotels by 2018
 

Goa-based, de Souza Group which opened its first apart hotel property ‘Surya Sangolda,’ plans to build eight to ten apart hotels by 2018. The concept of apart hotel is a fusion of apartment and hotel, providing the service of a hotel with the space and benefits of ...read more>>

   
WMI to admit university graduates into Executive Training programme
 

After an interval, Welcomgroup Management Institute (WMI) has decided to admit university graduates into its 18 month Hotel Executive Training programme. The programme, which ...read more>>

 PRIME FOCUS

Rights of Admission Reserved
The hospitality industry is expected to happily serve each and every individual who walks into a hotel or a restaurant. However, occasionally one hears of instances of guests being asked to leave the hotel.
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 MARKET SCOPE
2008 India Hotel Valuation Index (HVI)
The economic scenario across the globe is in turmoil. While everyone is waiting to see how the subprime mortgage crisis is going to affect the US economy and subsequently their own, apprehension is gripping investors looking for opportunities in emerging economies such as India and China.
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 KITCHEN
Baklava
The Middle Eastern region, one of the cradles of culinary civilisations, has given us several modern epicurean delights. Among these, the most popular dish remains the famous Baklava, says Chef Vernon Coelho
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 ECO FOCUS

ITC Maurya: Mastering water conservation
Close on the heels of ITC Maurya winning the 'Best eco-friendly hotel – Special Prize' award by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, HBI visits the property to find out the initiatives taken by the hotel to combat ecological degradation
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 HOUSEKEEPING

Hygiene in public areas: No room for complacency
A hotel’s public area generally comprises all areas excluding the guest rooms. Hotels being the epitome of cleanliness and service, cannot afford to leave these areas unattended and ill-maintained.
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 SECURITY

Valet Parking: Providing security & relief
The shortage of open space for parking is a pressing concern for every car owner. It causes a lot of frustration, wastage of time and anxiety. Guests prefer to go to those restaurants and hotels wherein there is a provision for valet parking. It is more convenient, safer, and the owner does not have to worry about the well being of his vehicle.
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