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 EDITORIAL
Breaking Ground
This year has already been a good one for the hospitality industry. The long standing demand to facilitate fast clearances for hospitality projects, i.e ‘single window’, has been cleared by the Union Cabinet. In addition, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is also planning a comprehensive policy to encourage setting up of budget/mid-segment hotels throughout the country to increase the tourist numbers in the budget segment. Both these policies would not only have brought cheers to the hospitality developers, but also to the investors in this industry, who has always complained about the long gestation period.
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 INTERVIEW
‘We want to target the MICE segment’
Devi Garh Palace Hotel, Udaipur, owned and operated by Boutique Hotels of India, has a coveted position among the heritage hotels in India. Recently, the hotel launched L’ Occitane Spa. The Group plans to open two properties in 2011 and plans to expand outside Rajasthan. Rajnish Sabharwal, President, Boutique Hotels of India speaks with Hospitality Biz about the hotel group’s future plans
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 EVENT FOCUS

HIFI 2011: Gaining Strength
2011 began with the third edition of Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) taking stock of the hospitality development and investment scenario in India; as the top brass of Indian and international hotel firms shared their industry perspective as networked among their peers, Hospitality Biz reports on the event highlights
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This Week's Top Headlines
MoT plans comprehensive policy for budget hotels
  In order to encourage more investment in budget hotels, MoT is believed to be planning a comprehensive policy for this segment. ...read more>>
MoT to formulate strategies for development and promotion of Golf Tourism in India
  A day-long workshop on ‘Promotion of Golf Tourism’ was organised by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) in Delhi. ...read more>>
Subodh Kant Sahay, Union Minister of Tourism calls for cooperation amongst South Asian countries
  Subodh Kant Sahay, Union Minister of Tourism has called for more cooperation amongst the South Asian countries to promote tourism in the region. ...read more>>
IHCL’s Q3 net dips 23 per cent
  IHCL's Q3 net profit has come down by 23 per cent to Rs 50 crore, which ended December 31, 2010 ...read more>>
Hotel Leelaventure Ltd’s net down 23.63 per cent
  Hotel Leelaventure Ltd reported a 23.63 per cent dip in net profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, to Rs 22.04 crore. ...read more>>
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts in talks with Oberoi Realty
  Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts are in the advanced stages of discussion with Mumbai-based realtor Oberoi Realty Ltd to manage the latter’s upcoming hotel property in Worli. ...read more>>
Mahindra Group buys minority stake in The East India Company
  The Mahindra Group has bought a minority stake in the London-based The East India Company (TEIC) for an undisclosed amount. ..read more>>
Meluha The Fern – An Ecotel Hotel, Mumbai opens
  The Fern Group of Hotels has opened a five-star hotel, Meluha The Fern - An Ecotel Hotel, Mumbai in Hiranandani, Powai. ...read more>>
AHLEI signs MoU with Uttarakhand Open University
  The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute has signed a MOU with Uttarakhand Open University. ...read more>>
Knight Frank Advisory team partners with Punjab Infotech for open auction
  Knight Frank’s Advisory team has entered into a strategic tie up with Punjab Infotech, which will facilitate an open auction process for the latter’s commercial land parcel in Mohali (Punjab). ...read more>>
Advaya Hospitality to launch music hotel brand MODO
  Advaya Hospitality will launch a global lifestyle hotel brand known as MODO, inspired by music. MODO Hotel, will debut in major markets worldwide, including India and Brazil. ...read more>>
eRevMax launches new Blackberry application for channel management
  RateTiger, by eRevMax, has launched the Blackberry version of its channel management smartphone application. ...read more>>
Cerana Imports introduces premium Belgian beers in Indian market
  Delhi-based Cerana Imports, importers of premium beers, has added two premium Belgian beer brands — Duvel and Liefmans — to its portfolio. ...read more>>
Lavazza announces new manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh
  Italy-based Lavazza, a world leader in the coffee market, has laid the foundation stone for its new production plant in Sri City (Tada region) in Andhra Pradesh....read more>>
SAHSPL ties up with New Delhi–based Punjab Sweets
  Restaurant management company, South Asian Hospitality Services Pvt Ltd (SAHPL), has tied up with New Delhi–based Punjab Sweets. ...read more>>
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