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 INTERVIEW
‘We have set up an office in India to focus on the sub-continent’
Worldhotels, a global hospitality marketing and distribution network for independent hotels, sees significant opportunities in the Asia-Pacific market. It opened its first regional office in India recently. With 450 hotels under its wings in 65 countries, Robert Hornman, Managing Director, Worldhotels, speaks with Hospitality Biz about his India plans
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 SPECIAL REPORT

India Hotel Valuation Index 2011
As we enter 2011 and start the next decade, it is both important and relevant to look back at the last decade to understand how our industry has evolved during this period and what we can learn from these ten very interesting years.
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 NEW APPOINTMENTS

The Orchid Mumbai: Sandeep Kalia, Executive Chef
Holiday Inn Pune Hinjewadi: Jay Welinkar, General Manager
The Orchid Pune, Balewadi: Rajiv Ranjan, General Manager
Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport: Samit Ganguly, Director of Sales and Marketing
Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport: Oppenheimer Pinto e Fernandez, General Manager
JW Marriott Bengaluru: Rajat Chatterjee, General Manager

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This Week's Top Headlines
MoT appointed core committee for culinary institute submits report
  The core committee appointed by MoT to study the broad framework for the proposed National Culinary Institute has submitted its report to the government. ...read more>>
Haryana govt to encourage eco-tourism
  The Haryana government has stepped up efforts to encourage eco-tourism in the state, which is expected to provide an 'incentive' for conserving nature. ...read more>>
Maha state cabinet defers proposed policy to increase drinking age
  The Maharshtra state cabinet deferred a proposal by the Social Justice Department for increasing the legal drinking age from the current 21 years to 25 years. ..read more>>
Starwood Hotels & Resorts to open first St Regis in India by end of 2011
  Close on the heels of launching Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, Starwood Hotels & Resorts has revealed its plan to open their first St Regis property in India by the end of 2011. ...read more>>
Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway opens
  Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of the Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway. Located in the neighbourhood of Malleswaram, the hotel has 230 guest rooms and suites. ...read more>>
Hotel Leelaventure's turnover up by 17 per cent
  Hotel Leelaventure Limited has announced its financial results for the year ended March 31, 2011 with the total income at Rs 525.82 crores, as against Rs 449.18 crores during the previous year ...read more>>
The Ashtan Sarovar Portico opens in New Delhi
  Sarovar Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of The Ashtan Sarovar Portico in New Delhi. Located at Green Park, The Ashtan Sarovar Portico is the company’s ninth hotel in Delhi ...read more>>
Ashiana Housing to take up second hotel project in Jamshedpur
  Delhi-based real estate development company, Ashiana Housing Ltd, who are pioneers in retirement resorts, will take up their second hospitality project in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. ...read more>>
Ahmedabad-based software company launches exclusive hotel-booking portal mynewdeals.com
  Noticing the potential of the flourishing hotel industry in India, an Ahmedabad-based Information Technology service company, SP Technolab Pvt Ltd, has announced the launch of mynewdeals.com (MND) ...read more>>
IIMT Gurgaon ventures into Executive Education segment
  Institute of International Management & Technology (IIMT), Gurgaon, in partnership with international universities, will organise a series of workshops for professionals ...read more>>
IRCTC to open fast food outlets at HPCL petrol pumps
  Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd will now open its fast food outlets at HPCL petrol pumps across India. ...read more>>
Rational to start a new training centre and office in Bengaluru soon
  Rational, a Germany-based company, which is into manufacturing of self cooking centre, combi ovens and combi master, plans to start its new training centre and office in Bengaluru. ...read more>>
Manipur’s mega food park to open by June 2011
  The mega food park project in Manipur is on the verge of completion and likely to be up by June 2011, according to a source from Manipur Food Industries Corporation Ltd (MFICL). ...read more>>
Sodexo launches its 2011 Servathon in India
  Sodexo has launched its 2011 Servathon in India with the sweetest of initiatives, a mango festival for both employees and clients....read more>>
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