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RBI on MoT’s request notifies hotels to be taken out of Real Estate Exposure
  According to a PIB release, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on the request of the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has notified that hotels be taken out of the Real Estate Exposure for Banks to those ...read more>>
Indian Railways to do away with catering contracts in pantry cars
  With more complaints from passengers regarding the poor quality of food served by the pantry cars, the Indian Railways has decided to do away with the contract system. According to sources, ...read more>>
HRANI AGM to be held on September 30, 2009
  Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 30, 2009 in Delhi. The AGM will be held at Village Restaurant Complex, ...read more>>
SIHRA defers decision on FHRAI convention
  The South India Hotel & Restaurant Association (SIHRA) Managing Committee members, at a recently held meeting in Chennai, deferred the decision to hold Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India’s (FHRAI) convention. According to M P Purushothaman, ...read more>>
M P Purushothaman re-elected as President of SIHRA
  The election for the office bearers of Southern chapter of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), South India Hotel & Restaurant Association (SIHRA) for 2009-10, was held in ...read more>>
S K Khullar has been re-elected as President of HRAEI
  The election for the office bearers of Hotel & Restaurant Association of Eastern India (HRAEI) for 2009-10, was held in Kolkata, on Wednesday. S K Khullar has been re-elected as President, ...read more>>
Best Western India launches Best Western Classic Avenue at Thiruvananthapuram
  Best Western India has launched its first international hotel brand at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Branded as ‘Best Western Classic Avenue,’ this new 60-room property is part of ...read more>>
ITC to launch ITC Royal Gardenia in Bengaluru
  ITC will launch ITC Royal Gardenia in Bengaluru shortly. The property will be located at No.1 Residency Road. The 11-storey hotel will have 300 rooms and will feature ITC’s renowned cuisine brands. ...read more>>
WelcomHeritage to pitch ‘Royal Camp’ for Pushkar fair
  WelcomHeritage will set up a ‘Royal Camp’ for the upcoming Pushkar Fair scheduled to take place in Pushkar, Rajasthan from October 30 to November 2, 2009. As per the information ...read more>>
DLF plans to exit Amanresorts
  WAccording to a report by Meenakshi Verma Ambwani and Sanjeev Choudhary of The Economic Times, India’s largest property firm, DLF, that scaled down ambitions in the hotel business, ...read more>>
Lotus Pond Hotels to open its first hotel in Navi Mumbai by April 2010
  Mumbai-based Lotus Pond Hotels Pvt Ltd plans to open its first hotel at Mahape in Navi Mumbai by April 2010. Of the 110 room inventory, 86 rooms will be operational in the first phase. ...read more>>
Shree Shubh Laxmi Polymers to foray into hospitality segment
  Jaipur-based Shree Shubh Laxmi Polymers (P) Ltd will foray into the hospitality segment with its first property ‘Hotel Libra’ at Sikar Road in Jaipur by November 2009. Shree Shubh Laxmi ...read more>>
Odysseus launches Deluxe Travel Collection in India
  Belgium-based luxury travel company, Odysseus has started its India operations with the launch of Deluxe Travel Collection, which offers over 1,400 premium luxury hotels, lodges and ...read more>>
Delhi guest house owners to form a joint platform
  Guest house owners in Delhi are believed to be in the process of forming a joint platform in order to enhance their bargaining power and raise common issues to concerned authorities. As per a source, ...read more>>
Beam Global Spirits & Wines to focus on consolidation for 2009-10
  The fourth largest premium spirits’ company Beam Global Spirits & Wines plans to consolidate its Indian portfolio in 2009-10. The company, which has launched several brands like DYC, Bourbon ...read more>>
Maharashtra’s wine industry seeks bailout package from govt
  Maharashtra’s wine industry is seeking a bailout package from the state government. Over 250 million litres of wine is still lying unsold from the harvest of 2009 and the new crushing season ...read more>>
WORLDHOTELS adds Asiana Hotel in Chennai to its portfolio
  WORLDHOTELS, which has 500 affiliate properties in more than 300 destinations and 70 countries worldwide, has added Asiana Hotel in Chennai to its leading global sales, marketing ...read more>>
 COVER STORY

Hospitality education in dire straits
Mushrooming hospitality education institutes, multiplicity of programmes and unregulated fee structure are creating real confusion in the minds of aspirants looking for hospitality courses. The hospitality management institutes, especially those in the private domain, are facing an unprecedented demand crisis this year. HospitalityBiz tries to explore various factors contributing to this downturn.
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 INTERVIEWS
Sensible procurement will help hotels curtail operating cost
One of the pioneers in hospitality solutions, FCML is known for introducing innovative and superior quality hospitality equipments in the market. According to Nirmal Khandelwal, Director, FCML Projects, the company has added new products and technologies, which will help the industry save its operating cost. HospitalityBiz speaks to Khandelwal about the recent trends in hospitality equipment market and how the slowdown has impacted the market…
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 EXPERT SPEAK
specialreport_imgChennai’s trendy affair with F&B
The F&B segment in Chennai is witnessing an evolution with new trends and culinary formats being experimented with. Prakash Jayadevan, Director – F&B, Courtyard by Marriott, Chennai highlights some of the emerging trends in the city
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 SPECIAL REPORT
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Karnataka: A holistic tourism approach
Karnataka tourism’s ‘One state many world’ tag line encompasses the state’s vivid, enchanting and myriad offerings for the contemporary traveller. Hospitality Biz compiles upcoming tourism developments and the ministry’s role in creating holistic tourism products within the state.
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