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Maharashtra doubles Mumbai hotels’ FSI
  The Maharashtra Government has doubled the FSI (Floor Space Index) for hotels in Mumbai. Mumbai’s developers can now construct more than double of what was previously allowed in the city and its
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Haryana contributes 7000 rooms for Commonwealth Games
  According to India Today Group Online, Haryana plans to provide almost 7000 rooms for the Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi. All rooms supplied by the state will be located in the NCR area.
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Second stimulus package fails to cheer up hotel industry
  The second stimulus package announced by the government, once again, failed to enthuse India’s hospitality industry. The industry, which was expecting some positive decisions from the government on its
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HAI comes out with security guidelines for hotels
  In the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks, the Hotel Association of India (HAI) has come out with a booklet – Guidelines for Security Measures in Hotels – to prepare the member hotels against any future
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Kerala hotels to undergo security audit
  All four and five-star hotels in Kerala have been asked to prepare a detailed layout plan and undergo a security audit. State Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that this has been undertaken in
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Delhi government forms special committee to survey security measures in the hospitality sector
  In a bid to improve security measures in the hospitality sector, Delhi government has formed a special committee to conduct a survey with the objective to assess the safety and security measures taken at
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Taj group to expand serviced apartments business
  According to a report in the Business Standard, The Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), which runs the Taj Group of Hotels, is set to expand its serviced apartments business. It also plans to widen the portfolio of
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FHRAI changes venue and time of its awards
  The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India's (FHRAI) annual award ceremony 2008 which was supposed to be held at the Radisson GRT will now be held at
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Sarovar Hotels announces signing of its sixth property in Bengaluru
  Sarovar Hotels and Resorts announced the signing of Sarovar Portico at Hosur, Bengaluru,recently. The Sarovar Portico, on the Bengaluru - Hosur highway will be the sixth property in the region, in addition to
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DIAL faces shortage of bidders for surrounding plots
  According to an ET report, Delhi International Airport (DIAL) is facing a lack of bidders for its 12 commercial plots around the property, nine of which are for hotels (1.6-7.7 acres each). DIAL expected to raise
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Dubai hotels slash ARR and F&B prices
 According to the Department of Commerce and Tourism Marketing (DTCM), Dubai hotels will lower hotel room prices and F&B rates during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) between mid January and
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Novotel Mumbai's 'retrenched' employees have ray of hope
  The employees of Novotel Mumbai, the erstwhile Holiday Inn, Juhu owned by Eastern International Hotels Limited (EIHL) who did not accept the voluntary retirement option provided by the hotel may have a
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Sustainable Tourism to be key driver out of recession: UNWTO
  Tourism will be a key factor in the global drive out of recession and a strong contributor to a long term green economic new deal. Tourism is facing increasingly difficult conditions as the global economy
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 GROUND REALITY
A time for change
After just one year in the hospitality publishing business, Hospitality Biz from Saffron Media is breaking new ground yet again!! Continuing in the vein of being the trendsetter as India’s only weekly publication for the hospitality industry, we at Hospitality Biz have quickly realised that even this frequency is not enough to do justice to the rapid developments within the industry, both in India and globally.
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 PRIME FOCUS

Indspirit 2008: alcobev insights

India’s liquor market is slowly shifting towards a rapidly evolving wine culture and a clientèle that demands premium products. Hospitality Biz India reports on Indspirit 2008, an alcobev conference and exhibition that envisages the Indian liquor business’ future
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 ON THE HORIZON
The invasion of aliens
Sudhir Andrews, Dean, Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa reflects on kids of four different generations and their expectations and wonders whether the hospitality industry is prepared for them
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 FACE TO FACE
“We plan to make this an annual event”
Vijay Thacker, Director, Horwath HTL shares his thoughts on the forthcoming event-HIFI 2009 with Hospitality Biz India
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 INDUSTRY VIEW
Hotel Industry – Terror Impact
Recession, terrorism cloud on tourism…

The recent terror attacks in Mumbai have added to hospitality industry's woes. Already reeling under the global financial meltdown's impact, the terror attacks will have a negative impact across India, especially leisure tourist destinations. Rashesh Shah of ICICIdirect.com research examines the changed Indian Hospitality scenario
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 MAN MANAGEMENT
HR strategies during crisis
Prof R K Bhandari, Principal, Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, New Delhi feels that HR has a important role to play during economic crisis
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