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 EDITORIAL
Blowing Hot and Cold
The month of April has been blowing hot and cold for the hospitality and tourism industry. The first week saw a very successful Hotel Investment Conference - South Asia (HICSA) which witnessed not only international and domestic participation but also from financial institutions, operators, developers, technology service providers, designers, hoteliers, consultants, among others.
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 COVER STORY

For Developing Indian Tourism Industry
As tourism in India ventures to achieve the ambitious target of one per cent of international inbound traffic in the next five years, there will be opportunities for domestic and foreign investors to become part of this growth story through strategic investments in the tourism sector. However, the country needs to revisit few of its policies that prohibit and demotivate investors. Hospitality Biz analyse the existing policies of foreign investments and its limitations
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 INTERVIEW
‘We aim to emphasise on revenue generation through aligned group synergies‘ - Vivek Kumar, CEO, Aamby Valley City and Hotel Sahara Star
Having successfully turned one of Mumbai’s oldest hotels into a modern, state-of-the-art property Sahara Star is now readying itself for its next step forward. Vivek Kumar, CEO, Aamby Valley City and Hotel Sahara Star talks to Hospitality Biz about the group’s performance and plans for future
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This Week's Top Headlines
Tamil Nadu government plans to showcase Chettinad through Rural Tourism
  A Rural Tourism cluster showcasing the culture and heritage of Chettinad, projects to improve infrastructural facilities in temple towns and introduction of open-deck buses in major tourist cities ...read more>>
UP Tourism Department report recommends Greenfield international airport near Agra
  Within four days of Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh suggesting development of an international airport somewhere between Mathura and Agra, the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department ...read more>>
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation to develop Buddhist tourist circuits in the state
  Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is set to develop seven Buddhist tourist circuits in the state to attract visitors from all over India, Korea, Japan and Malaysia, which follow the religion. ...read more>>
24-hour power supply for tourist, pilgrim spots in Maharashtra from May 2, 2012
  The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd has decided to make hill stations Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Lonavala and Matheran; pilgrim spots Shirdi, Trimbakeshwar, Pandharpur, ...read more>>
Hotel Price Index report indicates price rise in hotels across India
  The latest Hotel Price Index (HPI) report by Hotels.com has observed a price rise in hotels in popular destinations across India. One key reason for the price rise could be the increase ...read more>>
Hyatt inks agreements with Piccadily Hotels to open two Hyatt Regency hotels in India
  Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into agreements with Piccadily Hotels Private Limited for two new Hyatt Regency hotels in India. ...read more>>
Bhandari Heritage terminates management contract with Bliss Inn Pvt. Ltd for Fort Khejarla
  Bhandari Heritage Pvt. Ltd has taken over the operations of its Jodhpur-based property Fort Khejarla from April 1, 2012. This change in operation comes after Bhandari Heritage terminated ...read more>>
Jaypee Hotels puts Delhi property Jaypee Siddharth on sale
  Jaypee Group’s hospitality division Jaypee Hotels has put Jaypee Siddharth, its recently renovated Delhi property, on sale. Industry sources said the asking price for this 94-room premium hotel ...read more>>
The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace wins 'Highest Guest Satisfaction Index' award
  Starwood Hotels & Resorts has awarded The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace for its 'Highest Guest Satisfaction Index (GSI)' score among the Starwood properties in the Asia Pacific region ...read more>>
Tilaknagar Industries launches Seven Islands Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky in London
  Tilaknagar Industries Ltd. (TI) unveiled its new super-premium Seven Islands Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky on April 24, 2012 at London's Mint Leaf restaurant. ...read more>>
Bootlegging costs Maharashtra crores in revenue: Comptroller and Auditor General of India
  Maharashtra has the highest consumption of alcohol in the country, but its revenue has taken a major hit because of the black market in liquor, said the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) ...read more>>
Lite Bite Foods opens Zambar restaurant in Pune
  Lite Bite Foods (P) Ltd has recently opened speciality restaurant Zambar in Pune. The restaurant situated on Level 2 in Phoenix Market City, Viman Nagar serves traditional, home style, ...read more>>
Sula opens its first wine bar in Mumbai
  Rajeev Samant, Founder of winery Sula Vineyards, has opened his first wine and tapas bar – Vinoteca by Sula in Worli, Mumbai. The 50-seater bar features an outside seating area ...read more>>
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