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This Week's Top Headlines
Hospitality industry may ‘trim’ manpower instead of ‘downsizing’
  As fears of major downsizing in terms of workforce gain predominance across industries, repercussions on the hospitality industry are being watched with bated breath. A recent report by the industry body, Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM),
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MICE sector in Karnataka affected by exorbitant luxury tax
  Hotels in Karnataka are losing out on business, with the State Government levying 12.5 per cent luxury tax on the rack rate — the highest in India. The Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) sector has been the most affected. Hoteliers agree that this luxury tax will
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Chandigarh Administration bans use of hookah in hotels
  The Chandigarh Administration has ordered that restaurants, hotels and eateries should not permit the use of hookah in its premises. This order is in keeping with the ban on smoking in public places. District Magistrate, R K Rao felt that this ban was necessary to prevent the
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Yatra.com launches partial payment option on hotels
  In a recent development, Yatra.com has introduced a special service targeted at budget and business travellers. The new service, ‘Book a hotel, pay 90 per cent later’ is kind of a marketing strategy of yatra.com aimed to boost hotel bookings online. The service enables end
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Turkish delegation strengthens ties between India and Turkey
  The Turkish delegation that visited India last week, felt that the business community in both the countries have yet to explore the opportunities in different sectors in each other’s country more positively. The delegation also said that a few hotel groups has shown an interest to
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Atria Group plans several hotel properties pan India
  Bengaluru-based Atria Hospitality Management Services is planning projects in Bengaluru, Delhi NCR, Chennai, Mysore, Coorg and Hyderabad. It will launch a 270-room five-star luxury hotel 'Atria Grand'
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Future Group puts hotel plans on hold
  According to the Financial Chronicle, the Kishore Biyani-promoted Future Capital has put on hold its plans to open hotels. Sources attribute this to the fall of Lehman Brothers, the US investment bank,
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Hoteliers feel sustained quality is the way to combat recession
  The global economic crisis has affected the tourism and hospitality industry the most. Hotelex India 2008 saw CEOs of leading hospitality groups of the country coming together to assess the situation and
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DB Hospitality ties up with Jal Hotels for nine properties in India
  With an aim to expand its hotel portfolio in the Indian market, DB Hospitality, the hospitality arm of Mumbai-based real estate firm, DB Realty, has tied up with Japanese hotel chain Jal Hotels Company
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Bharat Hotels rebrands its hotels as ‘The Lalit’
  As part of its move to create a new brand identity, Bharat Hotels Limited has rebranded all of its hotel properties under ‘The Grand’ brand name into ‘The Lalit’ from November 19 midnight, which happens to
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Miramar International to take ‘The Mira’ brand across Asia
 

Miramar International Hotel Management Corporation will soon take ‘The Mira’ brand to major Asian cities. The corporation’s rebranded property at Nathan Road Hong Kong is currently under major
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 PRIME FOCUS

Enter the dragon
China, the entire world’s production house, has become a fundamental market to fulfill Indian hospitality needs. Dheera Majumder explores opportunities for the Indian trade in the Chinese market
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 ANALYSIS
State tourism boards and the hotel industry
Today, state tourism boards actively focus on the hotel industry while promoting a certain destination or region. Both work in tandem to ensure that the guests have adequate accommodation options, and are comfortable during their stay, finds Lakshmi Vishwanath
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 BUSINESS STRATEGY
Marketing a hotel online in a struggling economy
In a tough economy, when your marketing budget shrinks, you need to be careful about how you invest your money. The Return On Investment (ROI) for online marketing spending is faster than almost any other form of hotel marketing, says Sachin Suri, Associated Director - HVS Web Strategies
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 F&B
Delivering hospitality is a matter of team work
Arvind Kumar Saraswati, Lecturer, BCIHM&CT feels that teamwork is important in the hospitality industry in order to provide quality service to the guest
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 GUEST COLUMN
The versatility of Mayonnaise
K S Narayanan and Chaf Sudhir Pai provide an insight into the history of Mayonnaise, and the advantages that commercially available varieties can bring in
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 GROUND REALITY
‘Over the moon’
Being more of a debt market than a credit market, the Indian economy is in much better shape than most developed countries. The cue lies in enticing the domestic market and looking inwards, rather than outwards. India, by itself, has many tourists that can fill rooms across the hotel spectra
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