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 EDITORIAL
Still a long way to go
As we complete 64 years of Independence on 15th August 2011, we should analyse how the hospitality and tourism industry has grown compared to other industries. There was no better source to know the growth of the industry than to speak with stalwarts who have served this industry for more than four decades. Over the last six decades, India has progressed in science, technology, aeronautics, education, medicine, astronomy and many other fields. From pure politicians we have had qualified professionals holding ministerial berths. We had APJ Abdul Kalam, an aerospace engineer as the President and we have Manmohan Singh, ex-governor of Reserve Bank of India as the Prime Minister. Though the Indian economic revolution took place in the early 1990s but did it really benefit the Indian hospitality industry?
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 INTERVIEW
'We want to increase our market share by 20 per cent annually' - Sumedh Singh Mandla, CEO, Wine Division, Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd
Aiming 50 per cent growth in sales, Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd, plans to introduce a variety of wines in this fiscal year. Sumedh Singh Mandla, CEO, Wine Division, Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd speaks with Hospitality Biz about the company’s future outlook
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Let’s talk business - Ajit Shidhaye, Manager Quality and Continuous Improvement, Holiday Inn Pune Hinjewadi
The high-end business traveller is omnipresent today. Thanks to globalisation, India has become a hot spot for foreign investments. Rapidly growing economy, skilled workforce, low cost of labour and technology are other factors that have made it a favourite among corporations worldwide. Business travel to India is forever on the rise. The spurring growth of business travel has created a huge demand for hotels that cater to this specific niche of travellers - the business travellers.
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This Week's Top Headlines
MoT and Experience India Society sign MoU
  The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) and Experience India Society have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote and market India as a preferred tourism destination....read more>>
Gujarat in plans to set up Special Tourism Region Development Act
  The Govt of Gujarat plans to set up a Special Tourism Region Development Act on the lines of the Special Investment Region Act of 2009. ...read more>>
Orissa, Goa tie up to promote tourism
  Orissa and Goa have jointly decided to promote tourism in the two states on mutually beneficial terms. ...read more>>
CAI elects new Executive Committee
  The fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Concierge Association of India (CAI) has elected a new Executive Committee to lead the Association for the next two years....read more>>
Lebua Hotels & Resorts to open their first hotel in India in Delhi by December 2011
  Lebua Hotels & Resorts, a luxury hotel chain with properties in Thailand and New Zealand, is set to open its first managed hotel in India at Dwarka in Delhi by the end of this year. ...read more>>
ITC to turn personal care and branded food business profitable in six years: YC Deveshwar
  ITC Ltd is going to turn its personal care and branded food business profitable over the next six years ...read more>>
Absolute Hotel Services India secures three new management contracts in July 2011
  Absolute Hotel Services India has secured three new management contracts in July 2011- The U Umargam, Hotel MC International and 'Acacia' by U Hotels & Resorts. ...read more>>
JHM Interstate Hotels India continues to expand portfolio in India
  JHM Interstate Hotels India has signed contracts to operate two more hotels in India, expected to open this year. ...read more>>
Hyatt Hotels Corporation opens Grand Hyatt Goa in North Goa
  Hyatt Hotels Corporation has opened Grand Hyatt Goa, a contemporary resort and spa in North Goa, India....read more>>
The Advantage Raheja to open JW Marriott in Bengaluru by November 2011
  The Advantage Raheja, a real estate firm from Mumbai, will open JW Marriott Bengaluru at Vittal Mallya Road in UB city near Cubbon Park, Bengaluru by November 2011. ...read more>>
Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai to open two new banquet halls in second half of 2012
  Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai plans to open two banquet halls at the East-Side of its property....read more>>
HMS InfoTech to take web-based hospitality solution ‘Hotelogix’ for SME segment
  HMS InfoTech, a Bengaluru-based IT solution provider has decided to target the small and medium hotels in India with their new web-based hospitality solution web-based hospitality solution 'Hotelogix' in India....read more>>
SKYY Vodka Global Flair challenge 2011 to be held in India
  Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd in collaboration with Gruppo Campari and World Flair Association (WFA) will organise the SKYY Vodka Global Flair Challenge in India in August 23, 24, and 25, 2011....read more>>
ABD enters semi-premium whiskey market with ‘Officers Choice Blue’
  Allied Blenders and Distillers Pvt Ltd (ABD) has entered into the semi premium whiskey segment with the introduction of 'Officers Choice Blue’. ...read more>>
Mast Kalandar set to expand to 100 outlets in India by 2012
  Mast Kalandar, the vegetarian quick service restaurant, is set to expand from 25 outlets at Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai to 100 outlets across the country by 2012....read more>>
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