This Week's Top Headlines
IRCTC invites EoI from hotel consolidators
  With more than two million ticket transactions and 5.8 million registered users, the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is now in a diversification mode. After having floated packages, introduced travel insurance, car rental service etc.,the Corporation recently released an
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CIDCO to invite tenders for sale of five-star plot in Nerul
  In a bid to boost the hospitality industry in Navi Mumbai, City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO) plans to invite tenders for the sale of a plot for a five-star hotel at sector-46A, Nerul. The scheme is exclusively open for groups with
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STDC to focus on communication and accommodation infrastructure
  Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC), a Sikkim Government undertaking to look after the developmental projects and promotional activities of Sikkim Tourism, plans to focus on the enhancement and advancement of
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Mixed response from FHRAI to prohibition of smoking in hotels
  Reacting to the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Anbumani Ramadoss’ announcement that the Government intends to implement The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act to prohibit smoking in public areas including hotels, restaurants and bars, various voices from the Indian hospitality industry have
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ITDC hotels ‘go green’ to earn carbon credits
  India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) hotels are progressively turning green, in order to minimise carbon emissions as part of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project. Lighting controls, generator sets, kitchens, water heating, cooling towers, effluent water treatment, condenser pump motors and other related
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Renaissance Mumbai to have a total inventory of 1400 rooms by 2011
  As a part of its next phase of development (phase II), Renaissance Mumbai Hotel and Convention Centre is coming up with a 22 storeyed Renaissance Tower with 303 rooms. It will be operational by October 2008. In the phase III, the group plans to add
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GL Hotels to invest Rs 600 crore
  In a bid to meet the growing demand for rooms in India, GL Hotels intends to invest Rs 600 crore to open six lifestyle boutique hotel properties and ten banquets by 2010. The hotel founded by Ghai Enterprise aims to build 100 room boutique hotels in leisure and business destinations across
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Accor launches ‘Mercure’ in India
  Accor has recently signed a management agreement with Brigade Enterprises for the management and operation of a serviced residences project in Bengaluru, to be called Mercure Homestead Residences. Mercure Homestead Residences is located in the Koramangala area of Bengaluru.
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Hyatt goes the ‘yatt’it’ way
  Hyatt has announced the launch of yatt’it, the group’s online travel community for members of the Hyatt Gold Passport membership program (content is available to all travelers). This venture on the web allows travelers to contribute, share and learn
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Hard Rock Café launches Hard Rock Park
 

In keeping with its music heritage, the Hard Rock Café launched the world's first rock 'n' roll theme park, Hard Rock Park, this June. A two-day opening extravaganza was kicked off with the ‘Save the Planet Invitational,’ a celebrity golf tournament presented by Olsen Family Vineyards and hosted by
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 PRIME FOCUS

The hospitality industry and environment : Luxury and responsibility
The concept of eco-friendliness has now become indispensable. Japna Sodhi explores whether the hospitality industry has embraced this concept in totality
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 REVENUE
Has the great Bengaluru hotel occupancy dream gone sour?
Rohit Hangal takes an evaluative look at Bengaluru’s hospitality scenario at present
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 F&B
IPL: A blessing in disguise for F&B outlets
IPL fever captured the imagination of the nation for almost two months. The hospitality industry was also affected by it, as F&B sales during the match days showed an upward swing
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 HOUSEKEEPING

What is the best way to clean laminate flooring?

With laminate flooring, it is important to know how to clean and maintain it properly. Derek Rogers elaborates on the nuances of this deceivingly simple practice
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 SELF IMPROVEMENT
Management by walking around
Iyer Subramanian firmly believes that a very rudimentary technique, 'Management by Walking Around,' will give far reaching results to any organisation, if the managers put the same into practice
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 GROUND REALITY
‘Divide and rule’
Maybe, the word 'service' makes hoteliers more adaptable to working in harmony with people from all walks of society
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