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 COVER STORY

The ‘X’ mas Factor
Christmas is round the corner. Be it a home, mall or hotel every one welcomes Santa with an open heart. It is a festival of giving, sharing, reuniting, fun, frolic and joy. Presently, hotels are busy preparing for X-Mas and New Year celebrations. Hospitality Biz gives an insight on how hotels gear up to celebrate Christmas and to put up an excellent show
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Brand and Profit are key deliverables for Rev Mgmnt - Brij Bhushan Chachra, Dir. of Rev Mgmnt India, Middle-East & Africa, Preferred Hotels
Brand and Profit, are two deliverables, which every business owner today strives to deliver to his stakeholders. The two are distinctive objectives, however, still interlinked. Everything which a business manager today looks at is focused around these two key deliverables.
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 NEW APPOINTMENTS

Hotel Leelaventure Ltd: Tricia Bannister, Group Spa Manager
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts: Farhat Jamal, Area General Manager (India, Maldives and Sri Lanka)
Indian Hotels Company Ltd: Ajoy Kumar Misra, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Tata Global Beverages Limited.
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This Week's Top Headlines
MoT to launch Campaign Clean India from April 2012 as part of 12th Five Year Plan
  Campaign Clean India, an awareness and sensitisation campaign by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India will be launched as part of the initiatives for tourism in the 12th Five Year Plan ...read more>>
MoT allocates Rs 100 crore to Jharkhand to develop tourism infrastructure
  Jharkhand has been allocated Rs 100 crore in 2011-12 to ramp up its tourism infrastructure, Union Minister for Tourism, Govt of India said recently. ...read more>>
Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry to organise tourism seminar
  The Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be organising a seminar on ‘Tourism Infrastructure in Kerala’ on December 19, 2011. ...read more>>
Sri Lanka keen for Indian investments in hospitality sector
  The Sri Lankan government is keen to develop three and four-star hotels in its cities, and has invited Indian companies to invest in the island nation’s hospitality sector. ...read more>>
Hospitality industry in Maharashtra protests state government's Entertainment Duty
  The hospitality industry in Maharashtra is in the process of requesting a rollback of the state government's Bombay Entertainment Duty (Amendment) Act, 2010. ...read more>>
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc sets up Regional Office in Gurgaon
  In keeping with its aggressive expansion plans in India, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc has set up a state of the art Regional Office in Gurgaon. ...read more>>
Aditya Park awarded by Ministry of Power for energy conservation efforts
  Aditya Park, a Sarovar Portico brand, recently received an Certificate of Merit for energy conservation in the hospitality category. ...read more>>
MyGuestHouse.net bags Manthan Award 2011 in e- travel and tourism category
  MyGuestHouse.net has received Manthan Award 2011 in the best e-travel and tourism category. The Manthan Award is an initiative that recognises the best practices in e-content and creativity ...read more>>
VITS to adopt franchise route for expansion
  The four-star luxury business brand of Kamat Hotels India Limited (KHIL), VITS, plans to adopt franchise route in order to expand its portfolio in India. ...read more>>
Accor acquires hotel management company Mirvac
  Accor has acquired Mirvac, a hotel management company based in Australia and New Zealand. Following this transaction comprising of 6,100 rooms (48 hotels), Accor’s portfolio in these countries will reach 241 hotels. ...read more>>
Hampton Hotels opens its first property in India at Vadodara
  Hampton Hotels, a brand owned by Hilton Worldwide, recently announced the launch of its first property in India, ‘Hampton by Hilton Vadodara-Alkapuri’ in Vadodara, Gujarat. ...read more>>
Mirah Group to launch Citrus Clubs in second quarter of 2012
  Mirah Group, owners of the Citrus Hotels brand, will launch Citrus Clubs in Jodhpur and Pimpri in Pune in the second quarter of 2012. ...read more>>
Ratan Tata unveils coffee table book 'The Taj At Apollo Bunder'
  Ratan Tata, Chairman, TATA Sons has unveiled a coffee table book, ‘The Taj At Apollo Bunder’ at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai on the occasion of the 110th year of inception of Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) and the 108th birthday of its iconic flagship hotel. ...read more>>
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