This Week's Top Headlines
Wellness tourism observes decline due to global recession
  The meltdown in global financial markets has had adverse effects on India’s wellness and luxury tourism sector. Travel agents and hotels have received several cancellations and reconsiderations with respect to
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First Indian contingent heads for Culinary Olympics 2008
  An Indian contingent will participate in the Culinary Olympics for the very first time in 2008. The IKA Culinary Olympics is being held in Erfurt, Germany, hosted by the largest European Chef association,
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Chennai hotels faces low occupancy levels at start of season
  According to the Times of India, the Chennai hotel industry is facing low occupancy levels at the beginning of its peak season in October, November and December. A number of rooms in five star hotels remain
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Kandhamal issue affects tourism infrastructure in Orissa
  Communal violence in Orissa’s Kandhamal district coupled with natural calamities within the Golden Triangle have affected tourism infrastructure resulting in a drop in forex earnings through tourism in
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Dr Sunil Gulati becomes Honorary Secretary of FHRAI
  Dr Sunil Gulati will be the Honorary Secretary of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India for the year 2008-'09. He was the Honorary Treasurer in the outgoing committee. The Executive
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FHRAI & IATO to support Indiatourism, Beijing
  Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) have announced their support to Indiatourism, Beijing to organise familiarisation tours in India for
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Ramee Group expands in hospitality sector
  The Ramee Group of Hotels & Resorts has chosen Business Bay, Downtown Jebel Ali, Dubai Waterfront and Dubai World Central as locations for upcoming projects. The group has already begun
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Empee collaborates with Hilton on new five star hotel
  As per a Financial Chronicle report, Hilton hotel chain has tied up with Chennai-based Empee Group to manage its five star hotel located at Ekkattuthangal, near the Guindy Industrial Estate in
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Royal Orchid signs strategic alliance with Ramada
  Royal Orchid Hotels limited has announced its strategic alliance with the Ramada brand, a part of Wyndham Group to open ten Ramada brand hotels across India which would be managed by
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Choice Hotel plans third Pune hotel
  According to the Financial Express; mid market hotel player, Choice Hospitality India, plans to launch its third hotel property in India at a total investment of Rs 25 Crore. For the hotel, the company has entered
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Panoramic Universal procures 51% stake in SVPHL
 

According to a Business Standard report, Mumbai-based Panoramic Universal, a company involved in the hospitality and information technology sectors has sent the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) a
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Tunga Hotels Ltd works on extensive brand building strategy
 

In a bid to make its presence felt in the Indian hospitality segment, Tunga Hotels Ltd is undergoing an extensive brand building strategy. The group is in the process of repositioning all its existing brands. Also,
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Dolphin Hotels wins award for 'Best Four Star Hotel' in Andhra Pradesh
 

On the occasion of World Tourism Day, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, Government of Andhra Pradesh awarded
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CCEA allows for set up of 19 new IHMs
 

The Central Government has given the Tourism Ministry a green signal to set up 19 new hotel management institutes (IHMs), besides
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 PRIME FOCUS

Extending a homely invite
The travel industry often creates synergies between distinctly alien concepts and markets them. HBI explores unique avenues that extend beyond standard tourism campaigns ...read more>>
 
 SECURITY

Safeguarding wireless networks

The use of WiFi technology was never a matter of concern until recently, atleast till its illegal misuse to send terror mails as part of bomb blasts in different parts of India. HBI finds out the steps taken by the hotel industry to deal with the wireless network security issue
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 REVENUE GENERATION

Playing the numbers game: Tariff structure revision
The Indian hospitality industry observes a revision in tariff structures on a yearly basis. Dheera Majumder observes the revision that will come into effect this year and the factors that affect it
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 EXPERT VIEW
The hotel industry : A time to change
The winds of change have affected the way we look at our business. In a very high demand situation across market segments, the Indian hotel industry has now witnessed consistently improved performance. India’s growth today has not gone unnoticed, this has resulted in the existing players becoming more and more competent. It is now a case of the survival of the fittest, and in the long run we will only find big players ruling the market.
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 FACE TO FACE
“Indian Hospitality Congress will undertake extensive research projects”
Prof S C Bagri, Director, Centre for Mountain Tourism & Hospitality Studies (CMTHS), HNB Garhwal University and President, Indian Hospitality Congress, shares his views on the current education scenario in India with P Krishna Kumar
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 GROUND REALITY
‘Present’ing the past
The communal violence, deaths and killings that monopolise media’s time and pages are just a reminder about the direction in which our country is progressing!
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