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‘Govt is proactive in bringing international conferences to Hyderabad’ - Nishan Silva, GM, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Hyderabad
Hyderabad’s up-market residential area, Banjara Hills, has got a luxury hospitality address in Radisson Blu Plaza. The hotel is designed to deliver a truly vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality experience in sync with the ‘Yes, I can’ service philosophy of the Radisson brand, says Nishan Silva, General Manager, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Hyderabad in a one-on-one with Hospitality Biz more >>
Three Lessons for the Hotel Leaders of Tomorrow - Mark Williams, Director of Development, Coakley Williams Hotel Management Company
It was a rainy afternoon on April 12, 1945, in Washington, D.C., when Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House of Representatives, stepped down from his chair as business concluded early that day. Over at the Senate, Vice President Harry Truman was writing a letter to his mother and sister who lived in Missouri. He was planning to meet Rayburn around 5 pm for a drink. more>>

Average global room rates rise by 4 per cent in first half of 2012: Hotel Price Index (Part I)

In the first half of 2012, the average price paid for a hotel room, regardless of currency, increased by 4 per cent. Hospitality Biz presents highlights of the Hotel Price Index First Half 2012 report which shows the global and regional Hotel Price Index for the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011 more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
Karnataka to promote Pilgrim Tourism; to develop 25 temples in the state
  The Karnataka Department of Religious Endowment is gearing up to promote Pilgrim Tourism through various projects. As a first step in this regard, the department has identified 25 temples in the state more>>
MoT sanctions Rs 4.40-crore Ecotourism project in Khanapur, Karnataka
  Keeping the tourism potential of Belagavi (Belgaum) district of Karnataka in view, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has sanctioned a project, ‘Ecotourism Resort in Khanapur Forest area’, more>>
Royal Palms India invites bids for sale of 4 premium hotels in Goregoan, Mumbai
  Royal Palms India, a real estate developer, is inviting bids for the sale of its four premium hotels located in Goregoan, Mumbai, which include three five-star properties and an under-construction, more>>
GHM to manage The Aayu Mumbai at Kohinoor Square
  The 52-storeyed Kohinoor Square Towers plans to open a 42-suite luxury hotel, The Aayu Mumbai. The hotel will be managed by GHM. The Aayu’s 50th-floor rooftop terrace will be home to the city’s highest bar, more>>
HolidayIQ to cover 5000 hotels across India under ‘hiq!PAD’ programme by April 2015
  In a bid to encourage and increase Indian travellers to post hotel reviews, holiday information travel portal HolidayIQ aims to cover 5000 hotels pan-India under its recently launched programme more>>
Phadnis Group’s Vinay Phadnis receives TMC’s Award for Excellence in Infrastructure: 2011-12
  Vinay Phadnis, Chairman and Managing Director, Phadnis Group, recently received the Award for Excellence in Infrastructure: 2011-12 by the Top Management Consortium (TMC) at Marriott Hotel, Pune. more>>
IHCL mulling hiking bid for Orient Express Hotels for better room rates
  Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) is deliberating hiking its USD 1.8-billion bid for Orient Express Hotels (OEH) to ensure a better price per room for the entire portfolio. more>>
Hotel room rates in Jaipur expected to rise by 25% in January next year
  The Indian tourism industry is expecting a boom between January 18 and January 30, 2013, when a horde of visitors make a beeline for Jaipur to attend two events - Congress Chintan Shivir and more>>
Premier Inn opens touches 50,000-room landmark; opens 640th property at Gatwick Airport
  Premier Inn, UK’s budget hotel chain, and a part of Whitbread Plc, recently reached the 50,000-room landmark with the opening of the 640th property at Gatwick Airport. more>>
IHCL plans to open more Gateway Hotels in Kerala
  Targeting the growing corporate business travellers, the Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) plans to open more of its Gateway Hotels brand in Kerala, especially in Thrissur, in the near future. more>>
McDonald’s to go for changeover in South and West India
  McDonald’s outlets in South and West India are going for a changeover as Hardcastle Restaurants (HRPL), the master franchisee for the regions’ operations, more>>
NZ govt awards Chef Kunal Kapur with Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2012
  The New Zealand (NZ) Government recently conferred Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2012 on Indian chef, Kunal Kapur. Chef Kapur is the Executive Sous Chef at Leela more>>
Pan India Food Solutions’ Noodle Bar opens in Bengaluru
  Noodle Bar, the Oriental restaurant by Pan India Food Solutions, has opened its doors at Phoenix Market City, Bengaluru, offering a range of cuisines from China, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. more>>
Starbucks looking at opening over 3,000 cafes in the Americas in next 5 years
  Starbucks Corp plans to increase the number of its cafes in the Americas by more than 20 per cent by opening more than 3,000 shops in the next five years as it looks to rely on tea and juice as much as coffee. more>>
Mirah Hospitality forms JV with Jiggs Karla
  Mirah Hospitality, yesterday said it has formed a Joint Venture (JV) with Jiggs Kalra, Food Writer and Critic and aims to open 12 outlets within one year, according to a The Indian Express report. 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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