This Week's Top Headlines
Govt of Maharashtra to adjust excess luxury tax for 2004-’05
  As a result of consistent lobbying from the Hotel & Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI), the Government of Maharashtra has agreed to refund the extra four per cent luxury tax collected from
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Realtors chicken out: sell distressed assets
  According to a report in the DNA, the recent financial crisis has taken its toll on almost everyone and will continue to do so for some time to come. Most of the realtors who had diversified into the hospitality sector
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Govt plans Diwali incentives for hotel industry
  According to a report in The Times of India, the Government of India intends to cheer up the hotel industry with proposals which are likely to come up for the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs's approval
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Minister asks Chefs to help revise the curriculum
  Kanti Singh, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, has sought the help of Chefs in the industry to help the Government to revise and update the course curriculum followed by hospitality institutes in India
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Chef YB Mathur crowned with Golden Hat Chef Award
  Chef YB Mathur, Senior Executive Chef, ITC Hotels Division has been bestowed with this year’s Golden Hat Chef Award instituted by PHD Chamber, Indian Culinary Forum (ICF), and Indian Federation
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Vijai Pande of Kanpur elected as President of HRANI
  Vijai Pande of Pandit’s Group of Hotels, Kanpur has been elected as President of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) for two years from 2008-10. He is engaged in Hotel and
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CAI to introduce association dedicated website
  Concierge Association of India (CAI) is in the process of introducing a dedicated website for the trade segment in the country. The website which is tentatively named www.cai.com is expected to be launched
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HAI shifts Secretariat office to new premises
  The Hotel Association of India (HAI) has shifted its Secretariat office in Delhi to new premises. The HAI Secretariat office’s new address is B-212-14, Second Floor, Som Dutt Chamber - I, Bhikaiji Cama Place
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Hilton to rebrand two upmarket London properties
  According to the Hindustan Times; hospitality major, Hilton, has entered into a franchise agreement with Joginder Sanger for two of the Sanger family’s properties in London. The hotels will still be run by the
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Accor fills Starwood’s shoes in Lavasa hotels agreement
  According to a DNA report, when hospitality chain Starwood Hotels and Resorts International backed out of a management agreement with the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), Accor Hospitality
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Pride focuses on business hotels and the resort category
 

In a bid to expand its footprint, The Pride Group of Hotels plans to launch a five star hotel in Bengaluru and Jaipur by end 2008. Three 5 star properties in Alibaug, Goa and Mumbai are currently in the
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WelcomHeritage ties up with Palms Naturals for spa services
 

WelcomHeritage (a JV between ITC Ltd and the Maharaja of Jodhpur, Marudhar Hotels) has entered into strategic alliance with Netherlands-based Palms Natural (involved in herbal treatment
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Hotel Leela's second quarter income up by nine per cent
 

Hotel Leelaventure Limited has announced the financial results for the second quarter ended September 30, 2008. The operating income has gone up by 9.28 per cent to Rs109.50 Crores as compared to
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 PRIME FOCUS

FHRAI 2008 - ROUNDUP
Despite organisational pitfalls, over 500 delegates participated in the 44th Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) convention in Shanghai. In a nutshell, the organisers achieved their primary aim — the Chinese hospitality industry was introduced to its Indian counterpart. ...read more>>
 
 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF
Sureshchand Premchand Jain: Chairman, Pride Group of Hotels
After a three decade journey in the industry, Sureshchand Premchand Jain, Chairman, Pride Group of Hotels believes that right education, conscientious planning, a positive approach and determination are the key to success. Rashmi Pradhan unveils how this man overcame hardships to own five-star hotels across India
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 BUSINESS MODULES
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.
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 SELF IMPROVEMENT
Commitment to excellence: The key to success
In order to stay ahead of the competition, it is essential for employees to consistently work to develop and broaden their skill set. Iyer Subramanian feels that one must be committed to excellence to be successful in life
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 GROUND REALITY
Back to reality
More than anything, I think that the Indian hospitality industry has to ready itself for a long grind, and forget about the heady days of unrealistic rack rates and grossly inflated ARRs. All these are definitely things of the past, and were never destined for the long term — a bad habit to get used to
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 LIGHTER SIDE
Vegetable, what’s that?
The way in which vegetable prices have been escalating, I visualise the following in the not-so-distant future. My son (that is if I have a son) comes up to me and says, “Dad, what is this thing called vegetable?”
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