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FHRAI puts forward certain proposals before finance ministry
  The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), has send a pre-budget memorandum for the Union Budget 2009-10 to Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister of Finance. India ...read more>>
ITDC finalises management contract with two hotels
  As part of its new business model, India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has finalised management contracts with two hotels. According to Parvez Dewan, Chairman and Managing ...read more>>
3 ITDC hotels to play host for Commonwealth Games 2010
  Three India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) hotels in Delhi will be the ‘Family Hotels’ for the Commonwealth Games Committee 2010. An MoU was signed between the Corporation and ...read more>>
Hotels, restaurants get incentives in Maharashtra budget
  Dilip Walse Patil, Finance minister, Maharashtra, presented the Maharashtra budget 2009-10, where a budgetary deficit of Rs 11366 Crore was revealed, the first deficit budget in three ...read more>>
Asia hotel room revenues drop 30% in Q1: Deloitte
  According to Reuters, a slump in tourism and business travel pushed down average hotel room revenues across Asia and Australia by 30 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, said ...read more>>
Work on budget hotels by railways may start soon
  In a Financial Chronicle report, the railway ministry's budget hotel project, which remained stagnant for over two and a half years, due to policy issues, may start soon. Differences, which ...read more>>
CGH Earth to add four properties to South Indian portfolio
  CGH Earth has plans to open two properties in Tamil Nadu (TN) and one in Kerala. However, the group has not yet zeroed in on the inventory and launch time for these properties. ...read more>>
Accor and Interglobe Hotels announce the development of ibis 'Aerocity' Delhi
  Accor will launch ibis New Delhi in 2011, within Delhi International Airport 'Aerocity'. The site was won by Accor’s joint venture with InterGlobe Hotels in a bidding process recently. The bidding was ...read more>>
Sarovar Hotels & Resorts to set up three-star apartment hotel in Ghaziabad
  Sarovar Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with Mahagun Hotels in order to set up a three-star apartment hotel, Sarovar Portico in Vaishali, Ghaziabad. This is Sarovar Hotels’ first ...read more>>
Elecon Engg's Madhuban Resort and Spa becomes partially operational
  Gujarat-based business conglomerate Elecon Engineering Company Ltd has rolled out its maiden hospitality venture – Madhuban Resort and Spa in Anand, Gujarat. The resort's rooms are likely ...read more>>
FWM diversifies into luxury travel offering
  Finewinesnmore (FWM) has diversified its portfolio from premium international food, beverage marketing and distribution with the introduction of a luxury travel offering 'Italy by Élan'. ...read more>>
Vinsura to launch new varietals by 2009 end
  Vinsura Vineyards has plans to expand its wine portfolio. There are plans to add Merlot and a white Zinfandel by December 2009 to its portfolio. The company already has Chenin Blanc, ...read more>>
TVB launches Little Devils, to set up India’s first Craft brewery in Himachal Pradesh
  TVB Craft Breweries has launched ‘Little Devils’ brand of Craft beers and ales brewed in India. These beers and ales will be available in five different flavours across eight Indian states. ...read more>>
Delhi to pay more for imported liquor
  In a report in The Economic Times, Delhi customers will have to shell out more for quarter bottle of Chivas Regal or Johnnie Walker Black Label. The likely costs will be Rs 450-500 more or ...read more>>
 INTERVIEW
“Rodas has been synonymous with the Hiranandani Township in Powai” Located in the throbbing heartbeat of Powai, Rodas Ecotel undergoes subtle transformation from a boutique hotel to a full service five-star property. Punish Sharma, Executive General Manager, Rodas discusses the steady rise with Hospitality Biz
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Anil Malik: General Manager, ITC Maratha
After learning his first lesson in hospitality from his mother, Anil Malik, General Manager, ITC Maratha, realised his calling was to make a career within this industry. Hospitality Biz peeks into the seasoned hotelier’s life

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 NEW APPOINTMENT
The Claridges: Dirk Reinhardt, Director - Food & Beverage, New Delhi
Dirk Reinhardt joins as the Director - Food & Beverage at The Claridges, New Delhi. He comes with over 13 years of experience in the international hospitality industry. In his current position Reinhardt will be responsible for the functioning of the food and beverage operations that include a multi-cuisine restaurant, three specialty restaurants, a bar,
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