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 EDITORIAL
Roll of the dice
Listening to the Budget speech of Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, was just like sitting in a casino in Las Vegas and waiting to find out which side of the dice would show up. Just like every gambler, with great anticipation and hope, it turned out be a very disappointing end. Year after year, despite presenting recommendations to the Finance Minister, there has been no respite for the hospitality and tourism industry. Though the goods and services tax was supposed to be implemented in this year's
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 INTERVIEW
“We believe we are the first entrant in the new markets” - Alison Taylor, VP, Sales, Digital Mktg & Revenue Mgmt, APAC, Starwood
With an increasing response from the Indian market, Starwood Hotels and Resorts recently concluded the sixth edition of the Starwood India Expo. Alison Taylor, Vice President, Sales, Digital Marketing & Revenue Management, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, speaks with Hospitality Biz about the plan for the Indian market
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 DAY IN THE LIFE OF
Inder Sharma, Former Owner and Chairman, SITA World Travels and Chairman, Select Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd
A globetrotter, young at heart at the age of 81, Inder Sharma, Former Owner and Chairman, SITA World Travels and Chairman, Select Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd has been associated with the travel and tourism industry over five decades. He has travelled extensively across the length and breadth of the world. Hospitality Biz takes a sneak peak into his life
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This Week's Top Headlines
ITDC to appoint Transaction Advisor to take forward PPP involvement in existing properties
  India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) will soon appoint a Transaction Advisor to take forward the Public-Private-Participation (PPP) development model for the corporation’s existing hotels. ...read more>>
Sahai urges hospitality institutes to upgrade education standards
  Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Minister of Tourism, Government of India advocated improvements in the standard of education in the hospitality institutes to match international standards. ...read more>>
Goa government to offer 50% concession on luxury tax to mid, upper-segment hotels during off-season
  The Goan hotel industry is designing attractive packages for the lean season following the concessions provided by the state government. The Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government has offered a 50 per cent ...read more>>
HVS announces winners for HICSA 'Hotels of the Year Awards 2012’
  HVS India announced the winners for the 'Hotels of the Year Awards 2012' at the Eighth Hotel Investment Conference - South Asia (HICSA) held on April 3 - 4, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. ...read more>>
VanMYT to enter India with Vantage's Value Inn Worldwide and Value Hotel Worldwide brands
  A significant alliance was announced at the Hotel Investment Conference South Asia (HICSA), as Vantage Hospitality Group and three pre-eminent names from the Asian American lodging community ...read more>>
Langham Hospitality Group explores Greenfield properties for management in India
  Hong Kong-based Langham Hospitality Group which recently forayed in India by taking over the management of Eaton Smart New Delhi Airport Transit Hotel, at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), ...read more>>
IHHR Hospitality to adopt asset-light route for expansion in India
  New Delhi-based IHHR Hospitality Private Limited, which owns and manages properties under the 'Ista Hotels' brand plans to undertake the asset-light model for its expansion in India. ...read more>>
IHG looking for management contracts in India
  InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which has been franchising its brands in India since the past two decades, is seeking management contracts in the country. ...read more>>
DoubleTree by Hilton opens new property in Gurgaon
  Hilton Worldwide recently opened a new DoubleTree by Hilton property in Gurgaon, New Delhi National Capital Region (NCR). The DoubleTree by Hilton Gurgaon - New Delhi NCR offers ...read more>>
Bengaluru gets its first Novotel property
  Novotel, the upper mid-scale brand of Accor recently opened its first property in Bengaluru. The 215-room Novotel Bengaluru Techpark is set to be a ‘home-away-from-home’ for business and ...read more>>
Premier Inn to adopt asset-light model for phase II of its expansion in India
  UK-based Premier Inn, which currently owns and operates hotels in Bengaluru and New Delhi in India, plans to adopt asset-light route for phase II of its expansion in India. ...read more>>
Sarovar Hotels to launch 25 hotels in India in two years
  Sarovar Hotels & Resorts recently announced that it will launch 25 new properties in the next two years across India. “We will be launching 25 new hotel projects under brands like Sarovar Premiere, ...read more>>
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