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 EDITORIAL
Optimistic View
There is indeed light at the end of the tunnel. It has been almost a year that Subodh Kant Sahai has taken over as the Union Tourism Minister of India. But the changes that are coming forth are noticeable and positive. The minister has already indicated that his department seeks more funds for the development of tourism in the country. In a recent event, Sahai also called for various state governments to develop their infrastructure, as well as promote tourism in their states with trade participation. If his wishes come true then there would surely be a noticeable change in the near future.
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 COVER STORY

FSSA: What’s in store for hospitality players?
While the provisions of the newly promulgated FSSA, which replaced the almost six-decade old PFA Act, is more liberal , there are numerous doubts regarding certain parts of the Act. FBOs under which hotels and restaurants are classified under the Act are yet to get clarity on some of the provisions. Hospitality Biz try to unknot the FSSA
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 INTERVIEW
‘lebua New Delhi will make the whole country proud’ - Deepak Ohri, CEO, lebua Hotels & Resorts
Bangkok-based, lebua Hotels & Resorts, has signed up their first managed property in India. What differentiates lebua New Delhi from other hotels in the NCR would be its signature restaurants, which are touted as the most expensive restaurants in India. Deepak Ohri, CEO, lebua Hotels & Resorts in conversation with Hospitality Biz speaks about the upcoming hotel...read more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
Government should act as a facilitator in PPP projects
  The knowledge session on the Role of PPP for tourism development at GITM 2011 addressed the need for the government to act as a facilitator. ...read more>>
IRCTC join hands with various state governments to set up budget hotels
  IRCTC has decided to join hands with the state governments of Haryana, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh to set up budget hotels in those states. ...read more>>
UPSTDC to set up Swiss cottages during Mahakumbh in Allahabad
  UPSTDC will set up Swiss cottages for tourists who will visit next year's Mahakumbh in Allahabad. ...read more>>
Govt of Jharkhand invites RFP for upgrading tourist complex in Ranchi
  Department of Tourism, Government of Jharkhand, has invited RFP from hotel operators for the up-gradation, operation, maintenance and management of its Birsa Vihar Tourist Complex in Ranchi. ...read more>>
ADB invests Rs 350 crore for development of tourism infrastructure in Uttarakhand
  ADB has decided to invest Rs 350 crore for development of tourism infrastructure in the tourist destinations in Kumaons' Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. ...read more>>
Karnataka Tourism's website ranked sixth in India by HVS
  Karnataka's popularity has grown as a brand and destination, according to two recent tourism-related surveys. ...read more>>
Kerala Tourism launches marketing drive aimed at emerging global markets
  Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala has kicked off an aggressive marketing drive targeting the emerging global markets. ...read more>>
Nita Ambani joins EIH board as additional director
  Nita Ambani has been appointed as an additional director on the board of East India Hotels (EIH) Ltd, which runs the Oberoi and Trident chain of hotels. ...read more>>
IHCL to set up hotel in China next year
  IHCL plans to set up its first luxury hotel in China next year. The company will be the first Indian hotel major to set foot in China. ...read more>>
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide launches online ratings and reviews by guests on its website
  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has invited guests to contribute ratings and reviews directly on its hotel websites. ...read more>>
Sarovar Hotels opens Mahagun Sarovar Portico in Delhi-NCR
  Sarovar Hotels Pvt Ltd has opened Mahagun Sarovar Portico in Vaishali in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR). ...read more>>
Westin Hotels & Resorts launches Associate Enrichment Program
  Westin Hotels & Resorts has launched an Associate Enrichment Program that will introduce the brand’s 'Elements of Well Being Platform' to its associates around the world through key touch points....read more>>
Neesa Leisure launches hotel in Gujarat under Coral By Cambay brand
  Gujarat-based Neesa Leisure Ltd has launched its first property at Gandhinagar in Gujarat under the 'Coral By Cambay' brand. ...read more>>
Flames Grills and Barbeque opens at Hilton Mumbai International Airport
  Hilton Mumbai International Airport has opened its contemporary dining restaurant Flames Grills and Barbeque. ...read more>>
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