This Week's Top Headlines
IRCTC’s budget hotels project back on track
  Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd’s (IRCTC) long awaited ‘Rail Ratna’ budget hotels project, which had earlier been delayed due to some unavoidable reasons, is once again catching up steam. The project is to be based on a
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Delhi not to lower drinking age
  The Delhi cabinet has decided not to lower the existing age limit for liquor consumption of 25 as part of the Delhi Excise Bill 2008. There were speculations that the government might lower the permissible age limit for purchasing and drinking
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Asian independent restaurant guide — ‘The Miele Guide’ set for 2008 launch
  The Miele Guide is an attempt to set a benchmark for measuring the best restaurants in Asia. This guide’s inaugural issue, the 2008 - 2009 edition, is set for release by the end of
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TAAI NR website to provide special hotel rates to members
  The Northern Region of Travel Agents Association of India's website will soon have a link on the homepage, which will have special hotel rates and pricing for the TAAI NR members. This facility will be available to the members by end of 
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IHG and Venere.com announce Global Distribution Agreement
  InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), and Venere.com have announced a global distribution agreement via XML interface. Presently, IHG has more than 580,000 
 
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Punjab government approves plan to auction sites to construct hotels
  The Punjab government has approved and finalised the plan to auction sites in the new residential-cum-commercial building project of New Amritsar City Centre for the construction of multi-storeyed hotels. The sites are expected to be  
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VITS introduces Anti-Jet Lag Program for modern travellers
  The VITS luxury business hotel chain has introduced the ‘Anti-Jet Lag Program’ with the needs and comfort of today's travellers in mind. Guests can warm-up in the low temperature steam rooms and  
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‘The Yellow Chilli’ aims for 80 outlets by 2011
  Celebrity Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor plans to expand his restaurant brand ‘The Yellow Chilli’ through the introduction of 80 fine dining restaurants under the brand over the next three years  
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ITDC & MCD decline news reports on future of Town Hall
  India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) have described the various news reports about the move to convert the MCD headquarters — Town Hall — into a heritage hotel by ITDC, as ‘pre-mature’  
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WORLDHOTELS adds two resorts to its portfolio
  WORLDHOTELS added Indigo Pearl and Villa Lawana in Thailand into its portfolio, recently.Indigo Pearl consists of 277 rooms and suites, a spa, a diving school, a gym, a beach club, extensive conference facilities, a cooking school, eight food & beverage outlets – including ...read more>>
 PRIME FOCUS

Hotel Architecture: The housekeeper's test
Do hotels with contemporary looks and extravagant designs ride high on maintenance issues? A look at the thorns in a housekeeper's side
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 GROUND REALITY
Supplement longer working hours with efficency
Hospitality is filled with professionals, who believe in spending a lot of time at work. Ironically, while they remain unhappy at one level, they are constantly committed to making others happy. Dominic Costabir exhorts us to break the status quo and add meaning to ...read more>>
 
 HOUSEKEEPING
Housekeeping and public areas: No second chances
To maintain hygiene in public spaces is a mammoth task for a hotel's housekeeping staff. Lopa Chakraborty, Executive Housekeeper, InterContinental Eros explains how to tackle this aspect of cleanliness ...read more>>
 
 KITCHEN

More than just 'tomato soup'

The case study, 'Tomato Soup – A road to Bureil Jail', published in Hospitality Biz, issue dated January 16-31, 2008, dealt with a hospitality employee's traumatic experiences at the hands of India's legal system. Gregory Lobo provides his thoughts on the same
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 SECURITY

Omnipresent surveillance

Over time, the utility of surveillance has led to it becoming an integral part of our security systems. We explore the use of Closed Circuit Television within the hospitality industry ...read more>>
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