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MoT gives away National Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Education for 2008-09
  According to a PIB release, Sultan Ahmed, Minister of State for Tourism gave away the National Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Education for 2008-09 in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion more>>
HRAWI to conduct short-term courses in hotel management
  In a massive drive to generate human resources for the hotel and restaurant industry, the Hotel and Restaurant Association, Western India (HRAWI) will organise short-term courses in hotel more>>
HVS announces ‘Hotels of the Year Awards’ at HICSA 2010
  HVS for a second year in a row hosted the ‘Hotels of the Year Awards,’ at the Sixth Hotel Investment Conference - South Asia (HICSA) 2010, which was held in Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. This year the more>>
Chef Manjit Gill becomes ‘honorary member’ of WACS
  Chef Manjit Gill, Corporate Chef, ITC-Welcomgroup and President, Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA) has been accorded as ‘honorary member’ of the World Association of more>>
Amari India renamed as Onyx Hospitality India
  Thailand-based hotel chain Onyx Hospitality Group, which was erstwhile called Amari Hotels has renamed its Indian subsidiary as Onyx Hospitality India (OHI). The company recently formed more>>
ARPL ventures into hospitality industry through Accor Hospitality
  Hyderabad based Agra Residency Pvt. Ltd. (ARPL) has forayed into the hospitality industry by signing a Joint Venture (JV) agreement with Accor Hospitality. Through this agreement, Accor Hospitality more>>
Dusit Bird Hotels to open its first hotel in New Delhi in September 2010
  Dusit Bird Hotels, a joint venture (JV) between Thailand-based Dusit International and Bird Hospitality Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bird Group plans to open its first property in India, more>>
Fruitful Buildcon to open its first hotel ‘Doubletree by Hilton’ in Jaipur
  Hospitality arm of JKD Group, Fruitful Buildcon Pvt Ltd plans to open its first hotel in Jaipur by August 2011. The 168-room hotel, owned by Fruitful Buildcon will be managed by Hilton more>>
Citrus Hotels and Resorts to focus on tourist circuits and gateway cities
  In a bid to expand its footprint in India, Citrus Hotels and Resorts plans to focus in the mid-market segment, tourist circuits and gateway cities. Currently, Citrus Hotels and Resorts operates hotels more>>
Sopexa India kick starts 12-city French Wine Training Programme from Delhi
  Sopexa India has kick-started the 2010 edition of French Wine Training Programme from Delhi. The agency, which has the mandate from the French Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries more>>
AIH to conduct programme on E-Letter Writing and Business Communication on May 4 and 5, 2010
  Apeejay Institute of Hospitality (AIH), Navi Mumbai plans to conduct two day Professional Development Programme on E-Letter Writing and Business Communication on May 4 and 5, 2010 at more>>
‘Hoteliers need to assess ARR over next 10 years before initialising a project’
With new hotel projects being initiated across the country and the industry showing strong signs to head to a new phase of growth, Rajesh Shah, Senior Vice President- Corporate Relationships, Large Corporate, Axis Bank speaks with Hospitality Biz about the bank’s approach and strategies for hospitality project finance more>>

UNION BUDGET: Smooth Surface, Rough Fine Print

Just before the budget was presented, the aspirations of the hospitality, tourism and aviation industry were so buoyant that tourism trio decided to present the pre-budget memorandum together, which was till recently unprecedented. On the surface, the budget looked very positive but the hard matter was in the fine print. The hopes were stemmed on pure statistics that were collected by the ministry and private agencies; explores Hospitality Biz more>>
STR Global releases Asia/Pacific Hotel Pipeline report for March 2010
According to the March 2010 STR Global Construction Pipeline Report, the Asia/Pacific hotel development pipeline includes 976 hotels comprising 2,48,156 rooms. Among the region’s countries, China reported the largest number of rooms in the total active pipeline with 131,175. The country also reported the most rooms in the In Construction phase (93,300 rooms). more>>
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