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Govt of Maharashtra, MEDC, MTDC to celebrate ‘Visit Golden Maharashtra Year’ from April 2010 to March 2011
  The Government of Maharashtra, Maharashtra Economic Development Council (MEDC) and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (MTDC) in association with MultiNet Worldwide more>>
Railway Budget Update: Railway Budget 2010-11
  The Railway Budget 2010-11 announced by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee highlighted that social responsibility comes over commercial viability. With this view in mind, the government more>>
Entrepreneurs need to invest in food processing sector: Subodh Kant Sahai, Minister for Food Processing Industries
  According to PIB release, Subodh Kant Sahai, Minister for Food Processing Industries, during his recent visit to the North East Region, addressed a gathering of entrepreneurs of the food more>>
MoT to set up IHM in Jorhat
  According to a report in Assam Tribune, Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India will set up ‘Institute of Hotel Management’ (IHM) in Cinnamora, Jorhat. The foundation stone was more>>
First time ever associations unite to present wish list for Budget 2010-11
  In an unprecedented move, for the first time ever the entire travel and tourism industry, including hospitality, aviation and chambers of commerce and industry have come together and more>>
CWG Organising Committee floats fresh tenders for caterers
  According to a report in The Times of India, the Organising Committee (OC) of the Commonwealth Games 2010 has floated tenders to look for caterers for not only the Games Village but also more>>
IH&RA, Geneva confers Captain C P Krishnan Nair with ‘Hotelier of the Century’ award
  International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IH&RA), Geneva conferred the prestigious ‘Hotelier of the Century’ award to Captain C P Krishnan Nair, Chairman of The Leela Palaces, more>>
CAI applies for independent chapter at 57th UICH International Congress
  Concierge Association of India (CAI), the national representative body for concierges in India has submitted its application for an independent chapter at the recently concluded 57th more>>
Awesome forms Hyderabad chapter
  Academic With Excellence Spectrum of Maintenance Engineers (Awesome) has formed their Hyderabad Chapter recently. The head office of Awesome is located in Mumbai and the Mumbai more>>
Malaysia-based Tune Hotels to debut in India by Quarter One of 2011
  Malaysia-based Tune Hotels is gearing up to debut into the Indian hospitality business through franchise and management route by Quarter One of 2011. The maiden property of Tune Hotels more>>
KBJ Hotels plans to go public by 2012
  With an aim to expand its Indian hospitality portfolio, Mumbai-based KBJ Hotels is planning to come up with an Initial Public Offering (IPO) by 2012. The company plans to raise Rs 1,000 crore more>>
Amari sets up Amari India through JV with Mandeep S Lamba
  Thailand-based hospitality management company, Amari, has joined hands with Mandeep S Lamba to form a joint venture (JV) company — Amari India — to pursue the brands expansion into more>>
Netz Realty Corp forays into hospitality architecture, interior and design
  Mumbai-based Netz Realty Designs, the architecture and design division of Netz Realty Corporation, has forayed into hospitality architecture, interior and design. Netz Realty Designs more>>
CMYK Health Boutique to operate 300 spas across India by 2014
  In a bid to have a pan India presence, CMYK Health Boutique, owners of ‘The Four Fountains Spa’ (TFFS), plans to operate 300 spas by 2014 across different cities in India. more>>
Chavana Spa forays into India with Four Points by Sheraton property, Navi Mumbai
  Thailand-based Mandara Spa Asia Limited (MSAL) has forayed into the Indian market by launching its spa brand Chavana Spa through Four Points by Sheraton, Navi Mumbai. In October 2009, more>>
Chicago’s Kendall College offers hospitality graduate programmes to India
  According to World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), India’s travel and tourism sector is expected to be the second largest employer in the world, creating 40 million jobs by 2019. more>>
ASHOK INLEAD School of Hospitality launches employment oriented professional courses
  India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) alliance venture ‘ASHOK INLEAD School of Hospitality’ has launched its post-graduate programmes at The Ashok, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. more>>
Newby Teas forays into Indian market
  Newby Teas UK Ltd has announced its foray into the Indian market with a variety of premium teas and tisanes. The company will initially target premium luxury hotels and branded restaurants more>>
‘Our limited service hotels offer a five-star sleeping experience at a one-star price’
Tune Hotels is poised to launch its limited service brand in India; at a time considered to be strategic for entering the mid-market space. Mark Lankester, CEO, Tune Hotels in conversation with HospitalityBiz talks about his brand’s core ethos and a radical business model that defies prior notions of operating a limited service hotel in India more>>

Tourism industry looks at Union Budget 2010-11 to fulfil its long pending demands
Travel and tourism industry generally gets a passing reference during the Union Budget speeches made by Indian Finance Ministers. Stakeholders are a disappointed lot after every budget. While issues and demands of the industry remain almost the same, this year, for the first time ever all industry associations got together to chalk out a pre-budget memorandum. HospitalityBiz sums up the expectations from the upcoming Union Budget 2010-11 more>>

Railway Budget 2010-11
The Railway Budget 2010-11 announced by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee highlighted that social responsibility comes over commercial viability. With this view in mind, the government has proposed introduction of several new rail lines. Banerjee stated that there will be no increase in the passenger fares of any class or category of trains. Freight tariffs will also remain the same for 2010-11. Service charges for e-tickets and freight charges for food-grains will be reduced. more>>

STR Global reports Asia/Pacific Hotel Pipeline for January 2010
According to the January 2010 STR Global Construction Pipeline Report, the Asia/Pacific hotel development pipeline includes 948 hotels comprising 2,39,918 rooms. more>>

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