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Forging Ahead
On behalf of the Hospitality Biz team, I wish each and every one of you a Happy and Prosperous 2011. This January also marks our fourth year of existence. Looking back, it has been wonderful to bring forth to you the print version as well, our online version. We also tided over the recession, terror attacks and insecurity in the hospitality as well as the tourism industry that comes along with it. It was the faith we had in our team, readers and resources that helped us overcome these three years with comfort. more>>
Vision 2011: Future Insight
(Part I)
The hospitality industry, which has made a come back in 2010, after a sluggish 2009, pins a lot of hope in 2011. The general economic indicators for the country are expected to bring life into the hospitality sector in the coming days. Hospitality Biz tracks the major developments of 2010 and presents the hoteliers’ view on the future prospects more>>
‘Our endeavour is to build brand visibility for Clarion brand' - Praveen Chawla, Chief Operating Officer, Inovoa Hotels & Resorts
Inovoa Hotels & Resorts Ltd will be developing and promoting mid-segment hotels across India. Inovoa Hotels & Resorts Ltd, the joint venture company of Asian Hotels (West) and Hillwood Corp of USA, is the master franchisee for Clarion brand of Choice Hotels International in India. Praveen Chawla, Chief Operating Officer, Inovoa Hotels & Resorts in a one-on-one with Hospitality Biz, talks about the company, its expansion plans for Clarion brand and its brand identity more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja to deliver keynote speech at HIFI 2011
  Kumari Selja, Union Tourism Minister of India will deliver the keynote speech at the forthcoming Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) scheduled for 12-14 January, 2011 at the Renaissance Mumbai Hotel & Convention Centre in Mumbai, India. more>>
Centre announces revised norms for AICTE approval
  Kapil Sibal former Union Minister for Human Resource Development announced revised norms for the approval process, for 2011-2012, of institutes that are regulated by the AICTE. more>>
Union Govt approves creation of ‘Hospitality Development and Promotion Board’
  The Union Cabinet has approved creation of Hospitality Development and Promotion Board (HDPB) for approving and facilitating of hotel projects. The decision will facilitate the setting up of a Hospitality Development and Promotion Board at the Central level. more>>
MoT forms committee for Forest and Wildlife Eco-Tourism
  According to a PIB release, a seven-member committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Sujit Banerjee, Former Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, to finalise the guidelines for Forest and Wildlife Eco-Tourism. more>>
FHRAI gets new Secretary General
  MD Kapoor has been appointed as new Secretary General of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI). The post of Secretary General has been lying vacant ever since Harish Sud vacated the office. more>>
HICSA 2011 to be held at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai on April 6 and 7
  HVS will host its Seventh Annual Hotel Investment Conference - South Asia (HICSA 2011) on April 6 and 7, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. HICSA 2011’s main sessions and key note addresses will focus on how the industry can grow further in the region and more>>
Accor to create 3,000 jobs in India by 2011
  Accor will hire 3,000 people by next year in India to fill vacancies being created at its upcoming hotels in the country. According to the company release, Accor currently operates eight hotels under brands, Novotel, Ibis and Mercure and two convention centres that employ about 2,000 people. more>>
Parsvnath Hotels Ltd signs contract with Fortune Hotels for Shirdi property
  Parsvnath Hotels Ltd has signed a management contract with Fortune Hotels, a mid-scale budget hotel brand promoted by ITC Hotels, for their upcoming hotel property in Shirdi, Maharashtra. more>>
Accor plans to position 2011 as the ‘Year of Ibis’
  Accor plans to position 2011 as the ‘Year of Ibis’. Ibis is the economy brand of Accor. more>>
Sahara buys London hotel from RBS for 470 million pounds
  According to a report in IANS, Indian diversified group Sahara India said that its unit Aamby Valley has purchased London’s Grosvenor House hotel from the Royal Bank of Scotland for 470 million pound. more>>
ESOI conducts fifth India Series Workshop on Responsible Tourism in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
  Ecotourism Society of India recently conducted the fifth India Series Workshop at Indeco Hotels, Mahabalipuram, with a focus on Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to sensitise the industry on ‘Practicing Responsible Tourism’. more>>
SAHSPL ties up with Dosa Hut
  South Asian Hospitality Services Pvt Ltd (SAHSPL), a restaurant management company, has tied up with Dosa Hut, specialists in South Indian cuisine. more>>
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