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 EDITORIAL
Hospitality with Care
When the calendar shows June 5, the world observes ‘World Environment Day’. The theme for this year is ‘Green Economy’. The UN Environment Programme defines Green Economy as the one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. This theme is apt for the hotel and tourism industry. Hospitality and its allied industries are featured among the top ten most polluting industries after crude oil and cement sectors. Though hotels all over the world religiously observe World Environment Day, one wonders if this one-day affair is a marketing gimmick.
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 INTERVIEW
‘India is a tiny market and could grow quickly’ - Sylvie Cazes, President, Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux
On the sidelines of the Bordeaux vintage tasting in India last month, Sylvie Cazes, President, Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB) spoke to Hospitality Biz about the potential and opportunities for Bordeaux in India
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 SPECIAL REPORT

Worldwide Hotel Ranking 2012
At the latest Global Lodging Forum held in Paris, MKG Hospitality presented the ranking of the Top 10 hotel groups worldwide and the 20 Top global brands. If there is no change in the leading groups, the significant growth of the supply of Hilton Worldwide will allow it to gain a position on the heels of the leader Intercontinental Hotels Group, and further mark its distance from the third Marriott International. The latter, with steady growth among the Top 5, surpassed Wyndham Hotel Group.
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This Week's Top Headlines
Delhi to broaden luxury tax net; hotel rooms and spas may go dearer
  The Delhi Tax on Luxuries (Amendment) Bill, 2012 introduced by Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister (CM) of Delhi, in the Assembly yesterday, with an objective to broad-base the luxury tax net in the state ...read more>>
IRCTC trains economically backward youth in hospitality
  The youth belonging to the economically backward section now have a career option in the hospitality industry. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has started training poor youth ...read more>>
Rupee depreciation, luxury tax cut may boost Goa tourism sector
  The tourism sector in Goa is buoyant about the depreciation of the rupee, since Goa is set to witness a rise in the number of tourists visiting the state as many Indians have cancelled their plans of holidaying ...read more>>
FSSAI to prescribe maximum allowable alcoholic content in liquors
  For the first time in India, the government will be prescribing alcohol content in all alcoholic beverages marketed in the country. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is in the process of finalising the draft norms for the same. ...read more>>
IGPB plans legislation to regulate wine-making
  The Indian Grape Processing Board (IGPB) is planning to create a comprehensive legislation to regulate wine-making for improving the standard of the industry. ...read more>>
MTDC planning floating hotels in coastal cities
  The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) intends to take Beach Tourism to a completely different level, with plans to set up 'flotels' (floating hotels) in the harbour areas of coastal cities ...read more>>
Footfall across restaurants in India down by 10%
  With consumer sentiment low and macro economic picture gloomy, the USD six billion Indian restaurant industry is feeling the heat. According to the National Restaurants Association of India, ...read more>>
Madras HC stays FSSR Act on small restaurants
  A set of central regulations, requiring small eateries and restaurants to conform to quality norms such as registration, employing a technical person, chemical analysis of food sample and ...read more>>
Kerala High Court rules in favour of hotels in waste management row
  The city corporation in Thiruvanthapuram that has been issuing closure notices to hotels functioning without waste treatment plants in the city has been pulled up by a high court order. ...read more>>
RCI announces three new resort affiliations in India
  RCI has announced three new resort affiliations in India. Ananta Spa & Resorts and The Aranyawas Resort in Rajasthan, and The Aranyawas Resort in Panchgini. ...read more>>
The Leela Palace New Delhi receives LEED Platinum certification
  The Leela Palace New Delhi has received the highest level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, LEED Platinum. The certification was awarded for excellence in ...read more>>
WelcomHeritage re-launches WelcomHeritage Sheikhpura Kothi, Hansi
  WelcomHeritage has re-launched WelcomHeritage Sheikhpura Kothi, Hansi in Haryana after being shutdown for over a year for renovation. The hotel previously offered six rooms. ...read more>>
Vijay Tej Clarks Inn opens in Patna
  Clarks Inn Group of Hotels has announced the opening of Vijay Tej Clarks Inn in Patna, Bihar. Part of a mix-use development, Vijay Tej Clarks Inn is a mall-hotel located in close proximity of airport, ...read more>>
Absolute Hotel Services to renovate and re-brand Tropicana Resort, Alibaug under U brand
  Absolute Hotel Services India recently signed an agreement with Mumbai-based Tropicana Leisure Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. to manage and re-brand Tropicana Resort, Alibaug under the U brand. ...read more>>
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