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MoT puts forward pre-budget recommendations concerning tourism industry in India
  According to a report in the Times of India, in its pre-budget wish list for the tourism industry, Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is said to have made various demands concerning the tourism industry more>>
CITCO hotels register 45 per cent increase in sales in three quarters of 2009-10 fiscal
  According to a report in Indian Express, the hotels run by Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation Limited (CITCO) in the city namely Hotel Shivalikview, Mountview and Parkview have more>>
World's first Indian art hotel 'Le Sutra' opens in Mumbai
  Mumbai-based real estate developer and hospitality player, Bajaj Group will be opening its Indian art hotel 'Le Sutra' at Khar Road in Mumbai today. This will be the world's first Indian art hotel. more>>
Carlson Hotels Worldwide to increase stake in RHW
  Carlson Hotels Worldwide will increase its stake in RHW Hotel Management Services Ltd (RHW) from 13 per cent to 87 per cent. RHW is the hotel management and consultancy services more>>
Choice Hotels International acquires remaining 60 per cent stake in CHIL
  Choice Hotels International, which owned 40 per cent stake in Choice Hospitality (India) Ltd (CHIL), has acquired the remaining 60 per cent stake in the company, making the Indian arm its more>>
ITC raises stake in Hotel Leelaventure to 7.37 per cent
  According to a report in The Business Standard by Ishita Ayan Dutt and Surajeet Das Gupta, ITC’s investment arm Russell Credit has raised its stake in Hotel Leelaventure to 7.37 per cent more>>
Amari to manage seven hotels in India by 2018
  Thailand-based Amari Hotels will foray into India with the signing of its first property in Delhi by April 2010, which will be operational in 2011. The Group plans to operate seven properties in India more>>
Oakwood to strengthen its India portfolio by adding five properties
  In a bid to strengthen its India portfolio, Oakwood Asia Pacific, a division of Oakwood Worldwide plans to add five serviced apartments at key places namely Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, more>>
Marriott plans to introduce mid-market brand Fairfield Inn in India
  Marriott Hotels International, which has been operating in India for the past 10 years, plans to add a new brand to its Indian portfolio. Currently, the company has 10 operational properties in India more>>
Sarovar Hotels and Resorts to add 20 properties across India in 2010
  After launching its premium business hotel Optus Sarovar Premiere in Gurgaon recently, Anil Madhok, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels mentioned that Sarovar Hotels and Resorts will add 20 more>>
Lavasa Corporation ties up with Langham Hotels and Oakwood International
  Lavasa Corporation, one of the landmark projects of Hindustan Construction Company has tied up with two more international brands for its hospitality development. The infrastructure company more>>
Switzerland Destination Marketing ties-up with Minotel Hotels
  As part of its long-term plan to introduce more Swiss tourism products in the Indian market, Switzerland Destination Marketing (SDM) has entered into an exclusive tie-up with Minotel Hotel chain to more>>
Leisure Hotels offers luxury tented accommodation at Haridwar for Maha Kumbh Mela 2010
  Leisure Hotels, for the first time is offering luxury tented accommodation to pilgrims visiting Haridwar during the three-month long Maha Kumbh Mela this year. The hotel will set up total 65 tents more>>
Keys Hotels launches operations in Ludhiana
  Keys Hotel, the mid-market brand of Berggruen Hotels, already operating in Thiruvananthapuram, Lonavala and Hyderabad is now also operational in Ludhiana. This is the fourth Keys Hotels in India more>>
New-Delhi based Starlit Suites to operate its third serviced apartment in Baddi, HP by November 2010
  New-Delhi based Starlit Suites, serviced apartment management company, plans to operate its third serviced apartment in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh by November 2010. The upcoming more>>
‘Travel industry is the largest e-commerce vertical in India’
The advent of digital media has revolutionised the way businesses are perceived and conducted today. Narasimha Jayakumar, Business Head, Travel and Local Businesses, Google India in conversation with HospitalityBiz talks about the fast emerging digital media as a marketing and promotional platform that attracts hoteliers and the service industry alike more>>
Careers in Hospitality Training
The good news is that the powers that we realise in order to maintain standards, motivate staff and beat competition, training is an indispensible tool. The trend of getting mid-level managers to conduct training has fizzled out. Also, this exercise has been proved futile as operations personnel are overworked and often lack the flair for training. The progressive hospitality groups were and still are driven by training. Today, however, even standalone hotels and restaurants invest in lakhs for training. more>>
Ministry of Tourism — 2009 Year End Review Statistics of Growth in 2009
The Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) to India till November 2009 decreased by 6.3 per cent over the arrivals for the same period in 2008. The cumulative arrival figures for the period January to November 2009 reached 4.54 million. The downward growth is due to global economic slowdown, terrorist activities and H1N1 influenza pandemic. The important source countries were the US, the UK, Canada, more>>
Novotel Hyderabad Airport: Pradipta N Biswas, Executive Assistant Manager
Pradipta N Biswas has been appointed the Executive Assistant Manager of Novotel Hyderabad Airport, India. He brings in over 15 years of experience in hospitality industry. more>>

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