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 EDITORIAL
Change Brings Opportunity’
Change seems to be sweet flavour of this year. After Tunisia and Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, and Libya are demanding for a change in the government. Such is the power of unity that rulers, who thought they were invincible, had to relinquish their chair and give in to public demand. As you read this piece, the Union Budget would have been already out and we would know what the Finance Minister and the Railway Minister has allocated for the tourism and hospitality industry. Hope the collective power of tourism and hospitality industry yields fruit this year. It is good to be optimistic but better not to have high hopes.
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 COVER STORY

Cashing on Cricket
As cricket mania gathers momentum in India, most travel agents and tour operators in the country seem to be making the best of the opportunity by designing packages around the tournament. Hospitality Biz analyses the impact that the quadrennial cricketing extravaganza is likely to have on hotel and tourism businesses in India
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 INTERVIEW
'Strategy is to increase online business and loyalty customers'
In order to improve its customer base, Accor Hotels will be relying more on loyalty programmes and online channels in the Indian market. Accor has developed a geo-localised website for the Indian market for this. Daniel Tannenbaum, Regional Director Sales & Marketing – India, reveals more on future strategies in a one-on-one with Hospitality Biz
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This Week's Top Headlines
India's economy expected to grow nine per cent in 2011-12
  Presenting the Union Budget 2011-12 in the Parliament in New Delhi, Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee said that with India’s GDP estimated to have grown at 8.6 per cent in 2010-11....read more>>
Railway Budget 2011-12 makes provision for Rail Tourism and budget hotels
  In the Railway Budget for 2011-12, the Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee, has made provisions to promote Rail Tourism ...read more>>
Hotel industry deplore new Service Tax proposal by FM
  The Union Budget for 2011-12 presented by Union Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee in the Parliament today proposed to bring more items and sectors into the Service Tax net. ...read more>>
Service Tax of five per cent on hotel room charges not beneficial for India's tourism industry: Vivek Nair
  Vivek Nair, Chairperson, WTTCII and Vice Chairman and MD, Hotel Leelaventure Limited gave his comments on the Union Budget ...read more>>
Nakul Anand, President, HAI, gives his views on Union Budget 2011-12
  The Union Budget 2011-12, presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, was hailed by Nakul Anand, President - Hotel Association of India. ...read more>>
FM proposes to recognise cold chains and post-harvest storage as an infrastructure sub-sector
  Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee during Budget 2011-12 has proposed to recognise cold chains and post-harvest storage as an infrastructure sub-sector. ...read more>>
FM approves setting up of 15 more mega food parks
  The Union Budget 2011-12 presented by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has approved setting up of 15 mega food parks in India in 2011-12. , ..read more>>
MPSTDC to organise ‘National Ecotourism Mart’ in April 2012
  In order to position and develop Madhya Pradesh as an attractive Ecotourism destination and focus on sustainable practices in Ecotourism, both in the state as well as in the country, MPSTDC will ...read more>>
Corporate travel likely to incur more cost: Thomas Cook India report
  Corporate travel is expected to witness a 12-14 per cent rise in domestic air fares, five to six per cent hike in domestic hotel tariffs ...read more>>
India Hospitality Summit to be held at JW Marriott Hotel, Mumbai on March 24 and 25, 2011
  India Hospitality Summit will be held at JW Marriott Hotel, Mumbai on March 24 and 25, 2011. ...read more>>
AAHAR 2011 to be held in New Delhi from March 10-14, 2011
  AAHAR 2011 will be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from March 10-14, 2011and will be organised by ITPO in partnership with MOFPI, ...read more>>
Four Points by Sheraton launches hotels in Pune and Visakhapatnam
  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has launched Four Points by Sheraton Pune, Nagar Road and Visakhapatnam ...read more>>
Hilton Worldwide opens fourth India property in Chennai
  Global hotel chain Hilton Worldwide has opened its fourth India property in Chennai. ...read more>>
Fortune JP Palace in Mysore opens
  ITC’s wholly-owned subsidiary Fortune Park Hotels Ltd has announced the opening of Fortune JP Palace in Mysore. ...read more>>
Floatel Manor plans to set up hotel off Mumbai coast
  Floatel Manor is planning to launch a five-star floating hotel off Mumbai coast. The company at present runs a similar establishment in the Hooghly river in Kolkata. ...read more>>
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