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 COVER STORY
How Social is your Business?
Brand visibility, brand awareness, brand recall and brand advocacy among consumers is imperative for any company. Social media provides an effective communicative platform for companies to connect with their customers. Hospitality Biz attempts to find out how hotels use social networking websites to best promote their services and ensure customer engagement
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 INTERVIEW
'Baking' Profits! - Qusai Khorakiwala, Director, Monginis Foods Pvt Ltd
Well known for serving bakery products and savoury across India, Monginis is a favourite destination for all the cake aficionados. Qusai Khorakiwala, Director, Monginis Foods Pvt Ltd shares the brand’s success so far with Hospitality Biz
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 EXPERT SPEAK
MICE in India – A Story of Growth - Samir Avasthi, Director of MICE, Marriott India
Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) in India is growing at a fast pace. From Kumarakom to Jaipur, the business has clearly gone beyond Tier II cities like Agra, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Goa, Pune and Kochi. There is a strong desire to move away from the conventional destinations. Moreover, new hotels are being built in Pune, Bengaluru, Delhi, Chennai, etc to cater to the needs of the MICE clientele. This has also led to an increased rotation of national conferences to cities such as Pune, Kochi, Lavasa (Maharashtra) and Hyderabad, apart from Delhi, Mumbai or Jaipur, etc.
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This Week's Top Headlines
Infrastructure status to hotel industry on the cards: Subodh Kant Sahai
  The inaugural session of 47th Annual Convention of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), yesterday, gave the industry a reason to cheer. ...read more>>
Girish Shankar takes over as Additional Secretary in Ministry of Tourism
  Girish Shankar, a 1982-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Bihar cadre has taken over as the Additional Secretary in Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. ...read more>>
FHRAI to hold AGM on Sept 28, 2012 in New Delhi
  The Executive Committee meeting of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) will be held on September 28, 2012 at the Eros - Managed by Hilton New Delhi Nehru Place ...read more>>
Live music performers at hotels in Maharashtra may be exempted from Entertainment Tax/Duty: Bhujbal
  Chhagan Bhujbal, Minister for Tourism, Government of Maharashtra announced at the 47th Annual Convention of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations (FHRAI) that the musicians performing at hotels and restaurants will be reconsidered to be brought ...read more>>
FHRAI proposes to Maharashtra govt to revive Mumbai’s nightlife
  The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has put up a proposal before the Government of Maharashtra on creating special tourism zones in Mumbai to revive the nightlife of the city, ...read more>>
Hotel Price Index reveals rise in hotel prices globally
  For the first time in five years, travellers paid more on average for their hotel rooms during the first six months of 2012 in all parts of the world, according to the latest Hotel Price Index report by Hotels.com. ...read more>>
Employee costs for Indian hotels stagnant amid weak global economy
  With the global economic slowdown, a large number of hotels companies in India in the last three years have been refraining from increasing their employee expenditure and ...read more>>
Indian heritage hotels shift focus from foreign tourists to corporates
  Heritage hotels in India, which predominantly depend on foreign tourists, are increasingly shifting their focus towards corporates, tapping demand for meeting and conference facilities in exotic locations. ...read more>>
India Expo Centre and Mart mulls to build 400-room hotel in Greater Noida complex
  India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida, managed by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), is likely to add more facilities to the existing exhibition and convention centre in coming years. ...read more>>
Prakruthi Holidays to acquire resort at Chikmagalur
  In a bid to strengthen its establishment in the hospitality industry, Bengaluru-based Prakruthi Holidays Pvt Ltd (PHPL) plans to establish resorts at popular tourist destinations like Chikmagalur and Coorg ...read more>>
IHHA to hold 1st national convention in Ranthambore on Sept 22, 2012
  Indian Heritage Hotels Association’s (IHHA) will organise its first national convention on September 22, 2012 at Nahargarh in Ranthambore, Rajasthan. Delegates representing about 175 heritage hotels ...read more>>
FastBooking holds seminar cum roadshow on E-marketing & Solutions for its hospitality clients
  FastBooking for the first time organised a seminar cum roadshow on E-marketing & Solutions in Indian cities of Mumbai and Delhi to enhance the online performance of its hospitality clients. ...read more>>
Amity School of Hospitality and Nestle India organise Maggi Young Chef Contest
  Amity School of Hospitality in collaboration with Nestle, India organised the Maggi Young Chef Contest on September 7, 2012 to encourage the budding chefs to showcase their culinary sensibilities and ...read more>>
Alchemist Foods introduces bubble tea brand CHATIME to India
  Alchemist Foods, a subsidiary of Alchemist Group, has recently marked the debut of Taiwanese bubble tea franchise – CHATIME in India, with the opening of its outlet in Gurgaon. ...read more>>
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