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Kumari Selja, Union Minister for Tourism urges tourism stakeholders to act against exploitation of inbound tourists
  The Foundation for Aviation and Sustainable Tourism (FAST) yesterday held a day-long seminar on Destination Management and Sustainable Tourism in Delhi, which was inaugurated by Kumari Selja, more>>
Industry welcomes investment-linked deduction for hotel development
  The central government’s decision to grant investment linked deductions under the Income Tax Act to companies developing hotels (two- star and above) has been welcomed by the industry. more>>
Most hotels agree to scale back rates for Commonwealth Games 2010
  Hotel bookings for the Commonwealth Games 2010 are set to be thrown open for tourists in the next few days, as the face-off between hotels and the Tourism Ministry on room rates has been more>>
Govt acknowledges thrust on food processing sector
  While presenting the Union Budget 2010-11, Union Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee stated the Government’s plans to adopt a four-point strategy to stimulate growth in agriculture sector. more>>
HVS announces finalists for ‘Hotels of the Year Awards’ at HICSA 2010
  Hospitality Valuation Services (HVS) has announced the list of hotels that are final contenders for the ‘Hotels of the Year Awards,’ which will be held at HICSA 2010 on April 7-8, 2010. more>>
Chartered Hotels to foray into mid-market segment by end of 2010
  Chartered Hotels (CH), the newly formed company by Saraf Hotels (which owns Grand Hyatt Mumbai) plans to foray into the mid-market segment. The hotels will be owned and managed by CH. more>>
Shree Naman Group forays into Indian mid-market hospitality sector
  Mumbai-based Shree Naman Group has forayed into the Indian mid-market hotel segment with its newly launched brand Check Inn Hotels. The company has formed Check Inn Hospitality more>>
Hilton Worldwide opens Hilton New Delhi/Janakpuri
  Hilton Worldwide has opened the Hilton New Delhi/Janakpuri. The property marks the arrival of the first and only internationally branded full service, upscale property in West Delhi. more>>
Luxe Worldwide Hotels signs agreement with Mark Boulevard Hotel Bangalore
  Luxe Worldwide Hotels has signed an agreement with Mark Boulevard Hotel Bangalore for sales and marketing representation. The Mark Boulevard Bangalore is the first property in India more>>
Vedic Resorts & Hotels to set up Vedic Village at Neemrana, Rajasthan
  Kolkata-based Vedic Resorts & Hotels will set up their second Vedic Village at Neemrana in Alwar district of Rajasthan. It has identified around 200 acres in Neemrana for the same. more>>
Royal Orchid Central, Pune bags ‘Best Three-Star Hotel’ award
  Royal Orchid Central, Pune has received ‘Best Three-Star Hotel’ award at the National Tourism Award 2008-09, organised by Ministry of Tourism (MoT). The event was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi more>>
Sparsh Infratech to launch Atmantan Health Resort by October 2011
  Pune-based Sparsh Infratech, will foray into the Indian hospitality industry with a 123-room health resort known as Atmantan Health Resort at Mulshi near Pune. The resort spread across 40 acres more>>
Sagar Ratna to launch three-star hotel in Mangalore
  Sagar Ratna, a well known brand of restaurant chain in North India is going to foray into hotel industry by opening its first three-star hotel in Mangalore next month. Having 24 outlets of its own and more>>
AH&LA releases guidelines for hoteliers
  AH&LA has released its official guidelines for ‘Doing More with Less’ in 2010 to assist hoteliers in rebounding after last year’s challenging business climate. This strategic campaign more>>
AHA India secures USD 1,00,000 study grant for Indian students
  The American Hospitality Academy (AHA) recently allocated USD one million to the study grant fund of which AHA India has secured USD 1,00,000 exclusively for Indian students. Candidates more>>
OpenWays launches iPhone application for smartphonesi
  OpenWays, the global provider of mobile-based access-management solutions for the hospitality industry, has announced an application for smartphones (embedded or mobile web-based). more>>
On the right track
Sobriety seems to have descended on the hospitality and travel industry at last. In an unprecedented move, major associations of the hospitality, travel and aviation industry got together and collectively drafted and submitted recommendations for the Union Budget 2010-11. more>>

Demystifying mid-market jargon
Over the past few years, the hospitality industry has evolved tremendously. Apart from star ratings, the hotels themselves have diversified into various segments to create a niche identity, thus being recognised instantly for the value and services they offer. Though a hotel may have a five-star or a three-star rating, branding them as mid-market hotel seems to be a hot seller. HospitalityBiz gives an insight to the dynamics of the mid-market hotels in India more>>

Vinay Phadnis, CMD, Phadnis Infrastructure
Pradeep Jain,
Chairman, Parsvnath Developers Limited
Navin M Raheja ,
Managing Director, Raheja Developers Limited
Param Kannampilly,
CMD, Concept Hospitality
Jyotsna Suri,
Chairperson and Managing Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group
Anurag Mathur,
Managing Director, Cushman and Wakefield more>>
Crowne Plaza Today : Barun Jolly, GM, New Delhi, Okhla
Barun Jolly has been appointed as the General Manager, Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla, which is scheduled to open in March 2010. Prior to joining Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla, Barun served as the Hotel Manager at the same property, more>>

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