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HRA seeks exemption from luxury tax, VAT
  The Hotel and Restaurant Association has appealed to the Maharashtra government to exempt its members from luxury tax, VAT and cut in electricity charges for at least two years in the forthcoming budget. This is because the hospitality industry has been badly ...read more>>
 
24th edition of AAHAR to be held in New Delhi
  India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the premier trade promotion agency of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, has organised the 24th AAHAR edition in New Delhi. The event will take place from March 7-9, 2009 at Pragati Maidan. The three ...read more>>
 
Govt plans easier FDI rules for hotels
  According to a report in The Economic Times, the Government plans to do away with the minimum area and capital requirements for foreign investments in realty projects involving hotels, cineplexes, health clubs and other tourism-related activities to help the tourism ...read more>>
 
Mumbai chefs aim to organise Chefs' Committee
  Executive Chefs of all the five-star properties of Mumbai aim to organise Chefs' Committee, a networking and meeting platform for them. The first such initiative was taken by Chef Santosh Jori, Executive Chef, Le Royal Meridien, Mumbai while Chef Jose Martin ...read more>>
 
HRAH demands one year tax holiday
  Hotel and Restaurant Association of Haryana (HRAH) has asked the Haryana Government to announce a one year tax holiday for the hospitality industry in order to help the industry to combat unprecedented recession. In a meeting of the ...read more>>
 
Leela promoters may increase stake
  According to a report in the Daily News & Analysis, Nairs, the promoters of Hotel Leelaventure — the holding company for Leela Palaces & Resorts — have said they are open for inching up their stake in the company despite having a comfortable majority ...read more>>
 
Three Indian hotels figure in Tripadvisor's top 100 hotels list
  According to a report in The Economic Times, three Indian hotels the Jas Vilas of Jaipur, the Taj Rambagh Palace,Jaipur, and the Oberoi Grand of Kolkata have figured in the list of top 100 hotels in various categories released by global travel website Tripadvisor ...read more>>
 
Delhi has 8 of India's 10 dirtiest hotels
  According to a report in the Hindustan Times, a leading travel website says eight of the 10 dirtiest hotels in India are located in Delhi. The TripAdvisor travel awards have named hotels such as Centaur near IGI Airport, Ashok, The Connaught and JanpathAshok ...read more>>
 
Jammu and Kashmir Govt. to make slight changes in Tourism Policy
  The ruling government of Jammu and Kashmir will make few changes in the existing Tourism Policy. Altaf Hussain, Additional Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism informed that the overall feature of the Tourism Policy will remain same though there will be ...read more>>
 
Liquor prices likely to increase from April
  According to a report in The Economic Times, prices of liquor are all set to increase from April this year, with liquor manufacturers planning to hike prices to offset the expected price rise in molasses. According to distillers, the price hike that companies are planning ...read more>>
 
Nirula’s denies reports about sell off
  Amidst media reports that Delhi-based fast food restaurant chain, Nirula’s major stakeholder is looking for buyers for the brand, a company spokesperson has come up with a part denial on the issue. There reports said that the food chain’s majority stake ...read more>>
   
CPI-M in Kerala ventures into Health Tourism
  Kerala’s ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI- M) is venturing into the lucrative Health Tourism business after the successful launch of an amusement park in Kannur, said a report by Ashraf Padanna in Gulf-Times.com. The Perinthalmanna Co-operative Health ...read more>>
   
Sovereign Hospitality Holdings eyes Indian market
  With several European brands making inroads in the Indian hospitality industry, Geneva-based hospitality firm, Sovereign Hospitality Holdings (SHH) is assessing opportunities present in India. The investment company, with over 21 operational properties ...read more>>
   
MTDC to train service providers to be more responsible towards tourism
  Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is planning on providing certain training courses to local transport owners (taxi, auto-rickshaw, buses and local trains), hospitality ...read more>>
   
3rd IHC conference to be held in Manipal
  Indian Hospitality Congress (IHC) has announced that Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipal will be the venue for the third annual IHC conference. This was proclaimed at ...read more>>
 PRIME FOCUS

HIFI ROUNDUP 2009
The Indian hospitality industry participated in the Hotel Investment Forum India 2009 Convention’s first edition in Mumbai; it brought several opportunities to the hoteliers’ platter. Hospitality Biz presents an event round up
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 MARKET SCOPE
Horwath HTL Global Hotel Market Sentiment Survey: India
The Indian hospitality business, hailed to be the sunshine sector in the forthcoming years, matures steadily as domestic hotel players reinforce their strategies and reinvent ideas to counter the inflow of international hotel brands and numerous entities that work in close association with the hotel trade. Although, the hotel industry is still largely unfamiliar with local market potential, it is the burgeoning international business and leisure travel business
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 BUSINESS OPTIMISATION
Optimising processes during downturn
Avinash Gavande, Director, Hospitality Star, feels that it is critical to optimise processes in order to combat the economic downturn
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 FACE TO FACE
“Hotel bathrooms work as reference points for guests”
Sharad Mathur, Managing Director, Kohler India Corp Pvt Ltd speaks with Hospitality Biz on the opportunities available for the sanitaryware company in the burgeoning Indian hospitality sector
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 NEW APPOINTMENTS
The O Hotel: Akesh Bhatnagar, General Manager, Pune
Akesh Bhatnagar is the newly appointed General Manager at The O Hotel in Pune. He has been in the hospitality industry since 18 years. After completing three year Diploma from Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology Mumbai in 1990, he pursued his education at Johnson & Wales University Providence, Rhode Island in Hospitality Management. He started his career as a Guest Service Representative at the Crowne Plaza Manhattan, New York.
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 HOTEL ARCHITECTURE

WelcomHeritage Noor-Us-Sabah Palace: The light of dawn

Awarded the best heritage hotel for the year 2007-’08 by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC), WelcomHeritage Noor-Us-Sabah Palace, Bhopal was one of the best residential palaces in erstwhile Bhopal. Hospitality Biz finds out how a residential palace got transformed into a palace hotel
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