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RCI conference in Mumbai focussed on 'Shared Ownership'
RCI recently held a day-long conference at the JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai on the concept of Shared Ownership. Industry leaders shared their ideas, views and thoughts on the benefits of the growing concept. Hospitality Biz presents the highlights of the event.
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 EXPERT SPEAK
'Hoteliers need to invest in the direct online channel' - Kirti Budhia, Associate Director of Sales, ecommerce, Accor Hotels
Indian hotels have grown very fast in last five years, though from a small base. India’s online hotel market has more than doubled. The convenience of booking trips and locating travel information online continues to appeal to many users, especially among India's young internet population. As the online travel industry matures, it will be important for brands to provide increasing functionality, ease of use and security to its users to effectively compete in this growing market.
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 SPECIAL REPORT

Hotel Intelligence Report : Market Insight Bengaluru
As an established commercial city with a significant presence of domestic and international companies, the nature of lodging demand in Bengaluru tends to be dominated by commercial demand which contribute close to 75-80% of the city’s overall lodging demand and the remaining from a mix of leisure (5-10%) and (MICE) Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (10-15%).
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This Week's Top Headlines
Dr Jyotsna Suri wins Asia's Leading Woman in Hospitality Award
  Dr Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson & Managing Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group has been awarded the Asia’s Leading Woman in Hospitality Award at the Women in Leadership (WIL) Asia Awards 2012, ...read more>>
FHRAI seeks government help to increase foreign tourist arrivals
  FHRAI has sought support from the Union government in the 12th Five-Year-Plan for development of the tourism sector with an aim to increase foreign tourist arrivals. ...read more>>
Budget 2012: Assocham's recommendations for hotel industry
  With the Union Budget 2012 slated to be presented by the Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee on March 16, The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) has raised certain issues ...read more>>
J&K Tourism Department plans Rs 50 crore project to boost tourism
  The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has mooted a Rs 50 crore project for the beautification and creation of basic infrastructure at potential religious spots across the Jammu region. ...read more>>
Sofitel Luxury Hotels opens its first property in India
  Sofitel Luxury Hotels has recently announced the opening of its first establishment in India, the Sofitel Mumbai BKC, at the Bandra Kurla Complex. ...read more>>
Swiss International Hotels & Resorts forays into India with Rockwood Associates LLC
  Swiss International Hotels & Resorts has recently announced that it has signed an agreement with Rockwood Associates LLC to be its exclusive representative to develop and ...read more>>
Laurent & Benon Group announces the launch of Corporate Inn Gurgaon
  Laurent & Benon Group has recently announced the launch of its first four star property in India called Corporate Inn Gurgaon. Speaking about the opening, Aman Kumar Syal, CEO, Laurent & Benon Group, said, ...read more>>
The Leela Palace New Delhi rated amongst Asia Pacific’s best hotels
  The Leela Palace New Delhi has been voted amongst the top hotels across the Asia-Pacific region at the 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards in Hong Kong by DestinAsian magazine, ...read more>>
Indian hotel chains to invest in Thailand
  Around 20 large Indian hotel chains are expected to invest in Thailand within the next three to five years to benefit from the growing tourism industry, said Satish Sehgal, President, Thai-India Business Association. ...read more>>
Worldhotels adds three hotels of Chambers Group to its portfolio
  Worldhotels has recently announced three additions to its portfolio which belong to the Chambers Group. The hotels include the Lux11, The Weinmeister, both located in Berlin Mitte, and ...read more>>
Hilton Worldwide to open four hotels by 2014 in Turkey
  After opening eight hotels in Turkey last year, Hilton Worldwide is continuing its expansion with the development of four new hotels, bringing its Turkish pipeline up to 13. ...read more>>
ChicKing Fried Chicken aims at 100 outlets in India by 2015
  UAE based ChicKing Fried Chicken, has announced its expansion plans in India. “Presently having 25 outlets in the southern part of India, ChicKing Fried Chicken plans to open 100 outlets across India ...read more>>
Jubilant Foodworks to open 80-100 Dunkin' Donuts stores in India in 5 years
  Jubilant Foodworks Ltd has plans to launch a string of Dunkin' Donuts stores across India in the next quarter and is currently developing a robust backend for the purpose. ...read more>>
Aspri Spirits introduces Raventós i Blanc in Indian market
  Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd has brought into India the exquisite range of Raventós i Blanc wines from Spain. Josep Maria Raventós, founded the winery which now bears his name in the middle of a 90 hectare estate, ...read more>>
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