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 INTERVIEW
‘We focus on ensuring that our concepts remain fresh all the time’- Bruno Loosli, CEO, Mars Enterprises
Having recently re-branded three of their products in an effort to upscale their services, Mars Enterprises is on the path to create a whole new place in the Indian hospitality industry. Bruno Loosli, CEO, Mars Enterprises, talks to Hospitality Biz about the company’s new business model
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Business Travel- a New Generation - Gautam Bhandari, General Manager, Courtyard Mumbai International Airport
We are in the midst of tremendous shift, where user experience becomes the determining factor for technology adoption at work, just as it has always been in our personal lives. Travel buyers need to adjust their thinking as well as their travel programmes to accommodate the changing role of travellers.
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 SPECIAL REPORT

Spend Trend: Where Business Travelers Spend Money
With the struggling economy a lingering dark cloud over the business world, travel budgets are being slashed as a cost-cutting measure and it has become increasingly important for businesses to keep track of employees’ travel spending patterns. Hospitality Biz presents, Spend Trend: Where Business Travellers Spend Money, a report by Concur revealing Travel and Entertainment (T&E)spending trends in business travel
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This Week's Top Headlines
States should set-up Tourism Convergence Committee: MoT
  The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India will ask the state governments to constitute a central level Tourism Convergence Committee under the chairmanship of their respective Chief Minister. ...read more>>
SAARC Tour Operators Conclave suggests joint forum to promote tourism
  The maiden South Asian countries’ Tour Operators Conclave convened by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India yesterday in New Delhi urged countries in the region to set-up a joint forum ...read more>>
MoT mulls to extend ‘Hunar Se Rozgar’ scheme to private sector
  The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India is set to extend its ‘Hunar Se Rozgar’ scheme for training the jobless to the private sector. The scheme, under which government-run institutes train the jobless ...read more>>
MoT and Indian Railways sign MoU to work together under 'Clean India' campaign
  The Ministry of Railways and MoT, Govt of India will work together to promote tourism in the country under the 'Clean India' campaign. ...read more>>
Hotel tariffs in Maharashtra become more expensive
  The service tax on hotel rooms in Maharashtra went up from 5.15 per cent in 2011 to 6.18 per cent after the Budget 2012. This July onwards, the service tax applicable on hotel rooms is 7.42 per cent. ...read more>>
HVS promotes Stephen Rushmore, Jr to CEO and President
  HVS founded by Steve Rushmore in 1980, has promoted Stephen Rushmore, Jr to the position of CEO and President ...read more>>
3 Oberoi hotels feature in 'Worlds Best Hotels 2012' list
  USA-based Travel+Leisure magazine has recently announced the results of its annual readers' poll - 'Worlds Best Hotels 2012'. Four Indian properties have featured in the list, ...read more>>
Relais & Châteaux appoints GSA for India and Sri Lanka
  France-based Relais & Châteaux, which manages hotels and restaurants across sixty countries has appointed Travel and Hospitality Representation Services Pvt. Ltd (THRS) as its GSA ...read more>>
Starwood opens fourth Aloft property in India
  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc is expanding its Aloft brand in India with the opening of its fourth property - Aloft Chandigarh Zirakpur on the Ambala – Chandigarh National Highway. ...read more>>
Carslon Rezidor to expand presence in India
  Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is upbeat on its hospitality business in India and expects to nearly double the number of properties in the country by 2012, as part of its expansion plan. ...read more>>
IHG expects to open 47 hotels by 2015-16 in India
  InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is changing its expansion strategy in India from a franchisee model to a 100 per cent ownership format, with full control over the operations. ...read more>>
Wonderla Holidays plans to open amusement parks in Hyderabad and Chennai
  Bengaluru-based Wonderla Holidays Private Limited, which operates amusement parks in Bengaluru and Kochi under the brand name –Wonderla, plans to open similar parks in Hyderabad and Chennai, ...read more>>
Meluha The Fern - An Ecotel Hotel, Mumbai receives ‘Golden Peacock Eco-Innovation Award’
  Meluha The Fern - An Ecotel Hotel, Mumbai is the winner of the 'Golden Peacock Eco-Innovation Award' for the year 2012. The award was presented by Hon’ble Sheila Dikshit, ...read more>>
Jumbo King to open 35-40 outlets in India by FY 2012-13
  Mumbai-based fast food chain Jumbo King, which currently has 45 stores across Mumbai, Bengaluru, Aurangabad and Gujarat, plans to open more 35 to 40 stores across the country ...read more>>
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