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 EDITORIAL
Hope in FAITH
On behalf of the Hospitality Biz team, I wish each and every one of you a Happy and Prosperous 2012. This January also marks our fifth year of existence. We would like to thank all our readers, partners and resources who had faith in our team and helped us overcome the last four years comfortably. Though the year 2011 was internationally termed as the year of recession it did not deter the Indian hospitality industry from adding new properties into its inventory.
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 COVER STORY

Vision 2012: Future Insight
2011 has been a mix bag for the Indian hospitality industry. While the first six months of the year was robust in terms of occupancies and revenue, the turn of events in the global arena, especially the Eurozone crisis and partial downturn in the US economy, had put breaks on the otherwise smooth march in the following months. Going into the New Year, the industry is pretty watchful about how economic uncertainties would unfold and impact the travel trends globally. Hospitality Biz has compiled views of leading hoteliers in retrospect of 2011 and their outlook for the future
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 INTERVIEW
‘We must address issues before they become hurdles for the industry ’ - Kamlesh Barot, President, FHRAI
Kamlesh Barot
, who was instrumental in initiating many novel programmes as President of FHRAI's Western Region, recently took over as President of FHRAI. In a free-wheeling interaction with Hospitality Biz, Barot talks about his priorities and plans for the year as team leader of the apex body of the hotel industry
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This Week's Top Headlines
MoT to conduct road shows in Dammam and Riyadh on January 7 and 9, 2012
  In a bid to increase its share of visitors from the Gulf, the Government of India Tourist Office (GOITO), Dubai, in collaboration with the Embassy of India will be organising a variety of events to promote India and its tourism products in the Gulf, beginning with road ...read more>>
Kashmir Valley witnesses record 10 lakh tourists in 2011
  The year 2011 gave Jammu and Kashmir more than a million reasons to reclaim pride of place on India's tourism map. The number of sightseers to the once trouble-torn state crossed a record 10 lakh and came as a shot in the arm for official assertions that...read more>>
Industry associations unite to create FAITH
  In order to have a united stand and one voice to raise, address and resolve issues, various associations of the travel and hospitality industries have come together to form a national level umbrella organisation, Federation of Associations of Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH). . ...read more>>
FSSAI scientific panel goes against SC order; retains three members from industry
  According to a report in FnB News by Irum Khan, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is yet to take out three industry members from its scientific panel....read more>>
300 Indian American women participated in the 'Women in Hotel Leadership Conference'
  Nearly 300 Indian American women members of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) participated in the two-day 'Women in Hotel Leadership Conference' (WIHL) in Dallas, Texas, USA recently. Several AAHOA officers and board ...read more>>
Cyclone Thane gives a non-operational status to Puducherry hotels
  The cyclone Thane that hit the Puducherry and Cuddalore districts of Tamil Nadu last week has left several Hotels and resorts temporarily non-operational. ...read more>>
Sewara Hospitality to open The Indravan, New Delhi to guests soon
  Guests will soon be able to stay at the refurbished Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts’ (IGNCA) guest house, The Indravan in New Delhi. Leased from the Ministry of Culture by Sewara Hospitality & Development, the 24-room property will be opened shortly to guests. ...read more>>
DB Hospitality in discussions with Sahara Group to sell Grand Hyatt Goa
  DB Hospitality, a sister company of DB Realty, is currently in talks with the Sahara Group to sell its newly launched five-star property, Grand Hyatt Goa. Industry sources said the asset owners were demanding a huge premium for the ...read more>>
NDMC takes IDFC aid to up Taj Mansingh Delhi revenues
  New Delhi’s municipal body has appointed a financial advisor to select a partner for operating a hotel on the property that currently houses the iconic Taj Mansingh Delhi in the heart of the city even as the Tatas have sought a long-term extension of their licence ...read more>>
WelcomHotel Sheraton Rajputana re-named as ITC Rajputana, A luxury Collection Hotel
  The WelcomHotel Sheraton Rajputana in Jaipur has been renamed as ITC Rajputana, A Luxury Collection Hotel. According to the company release, with the inclusion of this 218-room property, India’s ‘The Golden Triangle’ circuit has a strong presence of ITC - ...read more>>
IHCL to train underprivileged students in hospitality
  Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) has launched a two-year hospitality trade programme, free of cost, for youth from families below poverty line. To start with, 41 candidates who passed 10th standard have been selected for the first batch of the training at the Skill ...read more>>
Liquor prices rise by 75 per cent between March and December 2011
  Post March 2011, state excise duty on Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) went up by 30-35 per cent. In addition, the year saw a 10 per cent increase in VAT. These taxes led to the liquor prices ...read more>>
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