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Industry on a High!
The Indian hospitality industry seems to be on a ‘High’. And why should it not be? Given that we are in the season of festivities, and hoteliers are beginning to believe that they are faring better than the previous years – both in business and leisure segments; they have every reason to celebrate. Expectation of growth in business for the coming quarter is better in comparison to the same period last year. Each hotel would have its own reason to believe so, but one of the prime reasons for the market of Mumbai is that there is no new hotel, more >>

Efficient Bathroom Fixtures… Are they Cost-effective?
In an effort to provide unique experience to guests, hotels are paying greater attention to as minute details as bathroom fittings. However, refurbishing the interiors and installation of hi-tech equipment also implies high costs. Hospitality Biz speaks to industry experts to understand whether these hi-tech fixtures are cost-effective more>>
Delivering Luxury Experience - Gungun Girish, Head-Concierge, Fairmont Jaipur
While international hotels consider a professional concierge service integral for making guests’ experiences end-to-end, in India, hotels are yet evolve this service. In an exclusive interaction, Gungun Girish, Head-Concierge, Fairmont Jaipur, a member of Les Clefs d’Or India, and the first woman concierge in Rajasthan, shares with Hospitality Biz the value of professional concierge service more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
Dr Chiranjeevi urges states to tap potential of Film Tourism
  The Indian government is seeing 'Film Tourism' as an important tourism product, said Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India. more>>
Delhi Tourism to develop seven heritage circuits over four years
  Delhi Tourism will develop seven heritage circuits in the city over a period of four years at an estimated cost of Rs 225 crore. These circuits will be developed around popular heritage monuments more>>
Government eases 2-month gap restriction on tourist visas
  The Indian government yesterday eased restrictions on tourist visas, which had mandated a two-month gap between consecutive visits by foreign nationals. more>>
Making North East India accessible for tourists is highest priority: P P Shrivastav
  According to P P Shrivastav, Member, North Eastern Council (NEC), the highest priority is to make North East India accessible to both inbound and domestic tourists. more>>
J&K government to promote state as “safe” tourist destination
  Buoyed with the lifting of travel advisory by Britain, Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) Government has resolved to promote the state as “one of the best and safest” tourist destinations globally. more>>
Goa Tourism might resurvey beaches for encroachment by private land owners
  The Goa Tourism Department is likely to initiate a resurvey of land on beaches alleging that private land owners have been shifting their boundary stones towards the sea and encroaching on its land. Nikhil Desai, Director Tourism, Goa, said that the resurvey of more>>
Sofitel Luxury Hotels plans to open 15 new properties in Asia Pacific by 2015
  Sofitel Luxury Hotels has announced the opening of its 15 new properties in Asia Pacific, including two new properties, Sofitel Mumbai at Mulund and Sofitel So Mumbai by 2015. more>>
Hotel Leelaventure planning to raise Rs 2,500 crore over 2 years
  Hotel Leelaventure Ltd is looking to raise Rs 2,500 crore over the next two years, either through divestments or by way of rights or bond issue, or Qualified Institutional Placement (QIP) more>>
Portion of Oberoi Maidens Hotel demolished
  The portion of heritage hotel, Oberoi Maidens Hotel also part of an ASI protected monument was recently demolished at New Delhi. According to The Indian Express report, a porch, more>>
Andhra Pradesh government hikes liquor prices
  The Andhra Pradesh government recently increased the prices of liquor in the state by revising the trade margin and excise/countervailing duty on Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), more>>
Risk capital firms Helion Venture, Footprint to invest USD 6 mn in Mast Kalandar
  Risk capital firm Helion Venture Partners is leading a third round of investment in quick service restaurant chain Mast Kalandar, which is run by Bengaluru-based Spring Leaf Retail Pvt Ltd. more>>
IRCTC to open food court in North Campus, University of Delhi in early 2013
  Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will start a multi-cuisine food court at University of Delhi’s North Campus early next year, in an area of 2,500 sq ft. more>>
Indian wine market growing at 30-40% per year: MIDC
  The Indian wine market is growing at 30-40 per cent annually and this rate will continue for the next five to six years in keeping with global trends. more>>
MoFPI to give food processing parks a boost
  As part of Ministry of Food Processing Industries’ (MoFPI) promotional efforts to push further the food processing sector across India, it is conducting regional meetings at Chandigarh, Kolkata more>>
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