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MoT honours top performers in travel and hospitality industry with National Tourism Award 2008-2009
  According to a PIB release, the National Tourism Awards organised recently by Ministry of Tourism (MoT) to honour best performers in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry during the year more>>
TiE and AP Tourism, The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace to host Travel and Hospitality Entrepreneurship Summit 2010
  TiE-Hyderabad, TiE Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, in association with Department of Tourism (DoT), Government of Andhra Pradesh and The Westin Hyderabad more>>
FHRAI invites EoI to manage IHM
  Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), which operates Institute of Hospitality Management (IHM) at Greater Noida, has decided to hand over the management more>>
Six Senses Resorts and Spas in process of complete re-branding exercise
  Luxury resort and spa chain, Six Senses Resorts and Spas is in the process of a comprehensive restructuring exercise of various brands under its portfolio. According to the restructuring plan, more>>
Dubai-based Lama Group to set up resort in Jaisalmer this year
  Dubai-based Lama Desert Tours & Cruises (L.L.C), an inbound tour operator has entered India. It will open a resort on 52 acres allotted by Rajasthan government in Jaisalmer. more>>
IHCL to set up its first five-star hotel, Vivanta by Taj - Guwahati, Assam
  The Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) will set up a five-star hotel ‘Vivanta by Taj - Guwahati, Assam’. The foundation stone for the property was recently unveiled by Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister, Assam. more>>
Alchemist Hotels & Resorts to open its first property at Kufri by April 2011
  Alchemist Hotels & Resorts (AHR), the hospitality arm of New Delhi-based Alchemist Ltd, plans to launch its first property, a mid-market hotel in Kufri, a hill station near Shimla, Himachal Pradesh more>>
IHCL to phase out Residency brand
  Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) is planning to do away with its Residency luxury brand. Concurrently, the country’s largest hotel company is gearing up for a stronger push for its Vivanta more>>
Vista Park Group to set up two hotels in NCR
  Vista Park Group, the hospitality arm of Value Homz Group, will open two more hotels in the National Capital Region (NCR), Gurgaon this year. Vista Wood will be launched in Sector 45 of Gurgaon more>>
Hotels and restaurants in Pune to get Israeli security tips
  Many hotels in Pune have installed CCTVs and screening gadgets after the recent blast at the German bakery in the city. The hotels are roping in Israeli experts to sensitise their staff to various security more>>
Paharganj hoteliers threaten to boycott CWG 2010
  Paharganj in New Delhi, which has close to 30,000 low-budget hotel rooms, have threatened to boycott Commonwealth Games 2010, if the government does not offer them package for restoration and more>>
Five-star hotels figure low on CISF list
  India’s top five-star hotels will have to wait longer for Central Industrial Security Force’s (CISF) security cover. Having amended the CISF Act to enable the force’s deployment in private sector and more>>
AAHAR 2010 kick starts at Pragati Maidan in Delhi
  AAHAR 2010, the international food, food processing, and hospitality fair kick started at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The exhibition, which will go on till March 14, has been organised by more>>
FHCL aims to add 2,000 industrial coffee vending machines in two years
  Fresh & Honest Café Limited (FHCL), the group company of Lavazza S.p.A., aims to grow through supplies of its coffee powder and vending machines for corporate and industrial use in the more>>
Wrapster Foods on aggressive expansion mode
  Wrapster Foods, a Joint Venture between Zorawar Kalra and Lite Bite Foods plans to expand domestically and internationally. The company owns and manages two brands: Punjab Grill, more>>
VenueMirror launches tool for hotel websites
  Bengaluru-based VenueMirror, a website and software solution company, recently launched Private Label, a tool for hotel’s website. The tool acts as a search engine for guests who are looking for more>>
‘Getting recognition and acceptance is a challenge’
With the launch of its first property in Goa recently, Alila Hotels & Resorts has marked its presence in the Indian hospitality sector. Mark A Edleson, President, Alila Hotels and Resorts speaks with HospitalityBiz on the challenges as a new entrant and plans for the Indian market more>>
Understanding Ikebana
Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of arranging flowers and is being practiced in Japan for more than 600 years. Today, Ikebana is frequently seen in entrance halls and living rooms, as well as in lobbies of hotels and in guest rooms of hotels. Although layer after layer of flowers are used in western floral arrangements, in Ikebana, the key consideration is to use few stems and leaves as possible in composing elegant contours that highlight the flowers’ beauty. Ikebana is the creative art of flower arrangement that more>>

STR Global reports upward trend in RevPAR for hotel industry in India
STR Global, provider of market information to the global hotel industry, shows a concerted upward trend and recent positive year-on-year growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR) for the Indian hotel industry. more>>

57th International Congress of Union Internationale des Concierges d’Hotels (UICH) at Lisbon, Portugal
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