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 COVER STORY

Wine Bars: A Touch Point for the Indian Wine Enthusiasts
Wine culture is catching up thick and fast with the Indian upper and middle class. Wine sales in India have almost doubled in the past one year. Giving fillip to this new drinking culture is wine bars that are sprouting up in key metros of the country. While there is an undeniable potential for wine bars in the Indian market place, it is yet to emerge as a successful business venture. Hospitality Biz finds out the opportunities and challenges of the wine bar concept in India
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 INTERVIEW
‘Innovation in technology is a continuous process’ - Ravish Jhala, Systems Manager, Trident, Bandra Kurla, Mumbai
There is no denying the growth of e-commerce in India, especially in the hospitality sector. One of the latest results of e-commerce is e-tailing, the selling of products and services on the internet. Hospitality Biz digs deep to understand the advantages and limitations of this technological advancement in a one on one with Ravish Jhala, Systems Manager, Trident, Bandra Kurla, Mumbai
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 Day in the life of
Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, Chairman and MD, HRH Group of Hotels
He is the 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar. For years now, Singh has strived to preserve the culture and heritage of The City Palace Complex, Udaipur in Rajasthan. As the Chairman and Managing Trustee of the Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur, Singh has maintained the proud stance of the City Palace Complex through various charitable activities. Hospitality Biz takes a peek into his life
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This Week's Top Headlines
AAHOA expresses interest in Rajasthan's hospitality sector
  AAHOA has expressed interest in playing a larger role in the development of the hospitality sector in Rajasthan. Apart from new hotels, the hospitality body is looking to have tie-ups with institutes to enhance the ...read more>>
EIH Limited to open its first property in Dubai by Q3 of 2012
  EIH Limited, which operates properties under the brands Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Trident Hotels, will open its first property at Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai by the third quarter of 2012. ...read more>>
IHCL contemplates new brand between Gateway and Ginger
  IHCL, which operates hotels in the luxury, premium, mid-market and value segments of the market through brands like Taj (luxury full-service hotels, resorts and palaces), Taj Exotica, Taj Safaris, Vivanta by Taj Hotels & ...read more>>
Centara International Management forays into India
  Centara International Management, a Thailand-based hotel management company, is set to foray into India with its first managed property in North Goa at Baga Beach. The first phase, which consists of 30 keys, will be ready by June 2013. ...read more>>
Chatwal Hotels & Resorts plans to launch 52 hotels in five years in India
  Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, the management arm of Chatwal Hotels & Resorts, a US-based hospitality company promoted by Sant Singh Chatwal, announced their major expansion plans for the Indian market for their lifestyle luxury brand, Dream and ...read more>>
Best Western to have 100 hotels under its India portfolio in next five years
  Best Western International has set an ambitious target of managing 100 hotels in India in the next five years. Currently, Best Western has 26 hotels in operations and eight other properties under different stages of development in India. These properties will come up ...read more>>
Hyatt to add 950 guestrooms across six new hotels in India in 2012
  Hyatt Hotels Corporation will be adding approximately 950 guest rooms across six new hotels in the country in 2012. The new hotels will be operated under Park Hyatt Hyderabad (209 rooms with 42 serviced apartments), Park Hyatt Chennai (204 rooms), ...read more>>
IHCL seeks extension of agreement of Taj Mansingh property
  The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has sought an extension of the Collaboration Agreement and License Deed for its property – the Taj Mansingh Hotel, New Delhi. ...read more>>
ITC Hotels to add 5,000 hotel rooms across four brands in five-seven years
  ITC plans to add 5,000 hotel rooms in the next five-seven years across four brands, according to a top company official. The company plans to have a portfolio of about 150 hotels in the years to come. ...read more>>
WelcomHeritage Jukaso Ganges opens in Varanasi
  WelcomHeritage has launched the latest addition to the brand portfolio, the WelcomHeritage Jukaso Ganges in Varanasi. The 15-room property is situated on at the Guleria Ghat on the banks of the Ganges. ...read more>>
The Leading Hotels of the World planning to open third India office in Bengaluru
  In a bid to tap the South Indian market, luxury hospitality organisation, The Leading Hotels of the World, is planning to open its third India office in Bengaluru in the first half of 2012. ...read more>>
Clearwater Capital Partners offer to increase stake in KHIL
  Clearwater Capital Partners had made an open offer to increase its stake in Kamat Hotels (India) Limited (KHIL). The open offer for another 26 per cent comes as the PE firm had converted its foreign currency convertible bonds in the last two months. KHIL has ...read more>>
Accor launches online training programme for Indian travel trade
  In order to strengthen its distribution in India, Accor has introduced the ‘Accor Ambassador Program’ in partnership with general sales agent Connect-Worldwide. This initiative will lend support to the existing booking channels with the objective of increasing ...read more>>
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