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 COVER STORY

MoT: Tapping New Markets
In the rapidly changing global scenario, tourism boards across the world are required to have flexible destination-marketing strategies to reorient and tap new and emerging markets. India Tourism will have to shore up its marketing strategies to tap new markets if it wants to achieve the goal of welcoming one per cent of global inbound arrivals in five years, writes Hospitality Biz
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 INTERVIEW
‘Lighting solutions by Philips focuses on comfort factor’- Indranil Goswami, Head – Lighting Controls, Philips Lighting India
Whether it is guest rooms, public areas, resto-bars, spas and health clubs, innovative lighting can transform the décor drastically. Philips Lighting India is into creating extraordinary spaces with its lighting solutions. Indranil Goswami, Head - Lighting Controls, Philips Lighting India shares with Hospitality Biz how their lighting solutions help enhance the hospitality ambience as well as reduce energy cost for hotels
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 EXPERT SPEAK
The ‘Desi’ Saviour of Tourism - Anurag Yadav
Going through the archives of a decade and more, a chance sighting of my own article in the July 1996 edition of a magazine perked up my interest. It was an unequivocal plug for understanding the difference between foreign tourists touring India and Indians travelling within their own country.
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This Week's Top Headlines
Dr K Chiranjeevi sworn in as Tourism Minister
  Dr K Chiranjeevi was yesterday sworn in as the Minister of State with Independent Charge (I/C) for Tourism, Government of India. He replaces Subodh Kant Sahai, ...read more>>
ITDC pays dividend of Rs 3.95 crore to govt
  India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), under the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has paid a dividend of Rs 3.95 crore to MoT for the financial year 2011–2012. ...read more>>
NRAI to commission ‘India Food Service Report’ 2012
  National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) will commission ‘India Food Service Report 2012’, an exclusive survey on the restaurant industry in India. ...read more>>
HIFI 2013 to honour Chandru L Raheja, Radhe Shyam Saraf with Hall of Fame Award
  Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI), which will be organised by Burba Hotel Network (BHN) and Horwath HTL, will present the HIFI Hall of Fame Award to Chandru L Raheja, Chairman, K Raheja Corp; and ...read more>>
Marriott expects to double portfolio in APAC by 2016
  Marriott International, Inc., yesterday announced that it expects to more than double the size of its portfolio in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region in the next few years. ...read more>>
InterGlobe Hotels plans to have 21 properties across India by 2015
  InterGlobe Hotels Pvt Ltd, JV between Accor (40 per cent) and InterGlobe (60 per cent) plans to have 21 hotels with 3600 rooms operational across various cities in India by 2015. ...read more>>
Ista Hotels in India to be rebranded as Hyatt Hotels
  Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced yesterday that a Hyatt affiliate has signed management agreements with IHHR Hospitality Private Limited (IHHR) for five Ista hotels in India to be re-branded by Hyatt. ...read more>>
ICRA anticipates demand growth in hotel industry to weaken by 5-6% during 2012-13
  Fiscal 2012-13 has started on a weak note for the hotel industry in India, with pan Indian Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) contracting by five to eight per cent during Q1, 12-13, ...read more>>
Banyan Tree hopeful of more breakthroughs in India after Kerala resort launch
  Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is set to make its debut in India early next year with a 59-villa resort on the Nediyathuruthu Island in the backwater district of Alleppey in Kerala. ...read more>>
Taj GVK Hotels & Resorts’ profit falls 78% in July-September of FY2013
  Taj GVK Hotels & Resorts Ltd’s profit before tax stood at Rs 2.48 crore in the second quarter of the financial year 2012-13, a 78 per cent decline from that in the corresponding period last year. ...read more>>
IHG unveils ‘Stay Smart’ campaign ahead of Holiday Inn Express debut in India
  InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) yesterday announced the launch of its ‘Stay Smart’ campaign in the run up to the launch of India’s first Holiday Inn Express. ...read more>>
Mirah Hospitality opens 5th Khandhani Rajdhani outlet in New Delhi
  Mirah Hospitality yesterday opened its fifth Khandhani Rajdhani outlet in New Delhi at Pacific Mall, Rajouri Garden. Shweta Mundhra, Director, Mirah Group; Aji Nair, Vice President, Hospitality Division, Mirah Group; ...read more>>
Leonidas opens 2nd store in Santacruz, Mumbai
  Belgium-based Leonidas, one of the leading premium chocolate brands selling in the city, has opened its second store in Santacruz (Mumbai). In India, Leonidas is marketed by Premium Pralines Pvt Ltd. ...read more>>
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