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This Week's Top Headlines
R H Khwaja takes charge as Union Tourism Secretary
  According to a PIB release, R H Khwaja, IAS (A.P.-76) has taken over as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. He succeeds Sujit Banerjee, IAS (U.P.-72), ...read more>>
Haryana govt to implement select tourism projects through PPP model
  According to a PTI report, the Haryana government will implement some of the tourism projects through Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, as part of its efforts to project the state as a key tourist ...read more>>
Euro crisis to slow down recovery of hospitality industry in India
  The spiraling currency crisis in Europe, a major source market for India tourism, might once again push the Indian travel industry, especially the hospitality sector, on the back foot. ...read more>>
Royal Orchid Hotels aims to double its hotels in next three years
  Royal Orchid Hotels, which currently operates 13 hotels in seven cities across India, aims to double the number of hotels in the next three years. The Group also plans to have a room inventory of 1,800 ...read more>>
Clarks Exotica Bengaluru to add 53 rooms by September 2011
  Bengaluru-based Clarks Exotica; a five-star luxury property promoted by Colaco Group is on an expansion drive. The property is going to build an additional wing in the hotel consisting ...read more>>
Ceebros Group launches second hotel in Chennai, plans to invest Rs 430 cr for hospitality projects
  Ceebros Group is planning to invest Rs 430 crore in residential and hospitality projects in Chennai. The Group will invest Rs 250 crore in residential and Rs 180 crore in hospitality projects. ...read more>>
Dolphin Group of Hotels, Visakhapatnam to add six rooms by end of August 2010
  Dolphin Group of Hotels, Visakhapatnam, the four-star hotel of Ramoji Film City Group, plans to add six rooms to its existing room inventory of 140. The rooms will be added in premium and ...read more>>
Raheja Developers opens Ginger hotel at IMT Manesar, Gurgaon
  Raheja Developers has forayed into the hospitality sector with the opening of the mid-segment Tata Group hotel chain Ginger at Raheja Square, IMT Manesar, Gurgaon. ...read more>>
Gurgaon-based Cinnamon Stays to add ten rooms this year
  Gurgaon-based Cinnamon Stays, which started its boutique apartment cum Bed and Breakfast services with an inventory of five rooms in November 2009, is looking at increasing its room inventory ...read more>>
AHA World Campus introduces online certification programmes
  The American Hospitality Academy (AHA’s) web-based learning initiative ‘Online World Campus’ has introduced new set of online certification programmes for hospitality professionals, ...read more>>
 EDITORIAL
Retrospect, Recheck and Re-evaluate
The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) and Hotel and Restaurant Association Western India (HRAWI) will conduct their annual convention this month. FHRAI’s 45th convention will be held in Agra from August 27 to 29, 2010 and HRAWI will conclude their Diamond Jubilee Celebration ‘The Finale’ in Mumbai on August 11 and 12, 2010.
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 COVER STORY

Elevating Bathroom Spaces
Over the years, hotel bathrooms have undergone not only cosmetic changes but also in design and size. Typically a business guest spends maximum time of his hotel stay in the bed or the bathroom, hence it becomes a crucial element quite like the restaurant, spa, swimming pool or any superior amenity provided to the guest. Hospitality Biz takes a look at the transformations...

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 INTERVIEW
‘We’re very aggressive on electronic marketing’
With just four operating hotels in 2006 to 13 hotels in 2010, plans are afoot to double that in just three years, Chender Baljee, Chairman and Managing Director, Royal Orchid Hotels speaks with Hospitality Biz about his ambitious plans to take the brand globally
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