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Finance minister assures infrastructure status for hotel industry
  Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has assured the hospitality industry that the industry’s long-pending demand for infrastructure status will be looked favourably by the government. Mukherjee gave this assurance while participating in an interactive question and answer session with the industry members in Delhi on Tuesday. ...read more>>
  
Greater flexibility to IIFCL expects to boost infrastructure development
  The UPA Government's announcement at the Union Budget 2009 – 2010 to ensure greater flexibility to India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd. (IIFCL) has been welcomed by both investors and developers. IIFCL, the special purpose vehicle (SPV), was set up by the Central government in 2006 to provide long-term financial assistance to ...read more>>
  

Tourism and hospitality industry upset over neglect in Union Budget 2009-10

  The travel and tourism industry did not find required mention in the budget speech presented by Union Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee in the Parliament today. The tourism industry, like other industries, which was expecting some packages to sustain the business in view of the global meltdown, was disappointed at the ...read more>>
FBT abolishment cheers hoteliers
  The Union Budget for FY 2009-10 presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has once again garnered lukewarm responses from the hospitality and tourism sectors. ...read more>>
  
Point-to-point intercity trains in Railway Budget evokes mixed response from travel and hospitality industry
  Presenting the annual railway budget for 2009-10 in the Parliament, Mamata Banerjee, Union Railway Minister has announced 12 non-stop, point-to-point intercity A/C and non A/C trains called ...read more>>
Multifunctional complexes to come up near railway stations
  Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in her budget speech for the financial year 2009-10 mentioned the development of multifunctional complexes near railway stations, located at pilgrimage, ...read more>>
  
HRANI activities come under RoC scanner
  A factional feud erupted in Hotel & Restaurant Associations of Northern India (HRANI) after the last Managing Committee (MC) elections have reached a crescendo. The Registrar of Companies ...read more>>
  
State governments of Western region need to increase tourism development fund: SP Jain
  The pre-convention conference of 15th Hotel and Restaurant Association Western India (HRAWI) was held in ITC Grand Central in Mumbai. Speaking at the occasion, S P Jain, President, ...read more>>
  
Royal Palms to expand hotel portfolio within Mumbai estate
  Royal Palms, Mumbai-based real estate developer, aims to expand its footprint in the city's hospitality market. Currently, the company operates two properties at its Royal Palms Estate ...read more>>
  
International Breweries expands footprint in southern India
  International Breweries Pvt Ltd (IBL) is gearing up to expand its presence in southern India with the launch of two (premium category) Australian formulated beers — Australian Lager and ...read more>>
  
BCIHMCT to host ‘Hospitality Ensemble’ in October
  Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (BCIHMCT), New Delhi will host 2009 edition of ‘Hospitality Ensemble’ from October 7-9, 2009, in the institute ...read more>>
   
eRevMax to conduct revenue management specific seminars for hoteliers
  eRevMax, the hospitality focussed technology firm plans to conduct educational distribution and revenue management specific seminars for hoteliers. These programmes are likely to be ...read more>>
   
Pinkcassia Tourist Complex to be developed under PPP format
  Punjab Tourism Development Corporation owned Pinkcassia Tourist Complex located in Roopnager (formerly known as Ropar) will be developed as a tourist destination under the ...read more>>
   
Alex Resorts and Hotels to launch Golden Lakes at Devanahalli
  Bengaluru-based Alex Resorts and Hotels plans to launch international standard project 'Golden Lakes' at Devanahalli in Bengaluru. The project will be located adjacent to a lake and forest and ..read more>>
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Tourism and hospitality industry sidelined in Union Budget 2009-10
The Union Budget 2009-10 is a mixed bag for the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. While the industry will benefit with the abolition of FBT, CTT and infrastructural development through IIFCL; it is disappointed with the no infrastructure status for the hotel industry and tax exemptions requested by the associations, reports Hospitality Biz
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