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‘2013 GSWS will authenticate India’s position on the global wellness map’ - Sallie Fraenkel, Executive Vice President, GSWS
India will be in the spotlight of the global spa & wellness industry as the country gears up to host the 7th Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) in New Delhi from October 5-7 at The Oberoi, Gurgaon. The event is expected to give a thrust and direction to Wellness Tourism in the country. Sallie Fraenkel, Executive Vice President, GSWS, talks to Hospitality Biz about the Summit, the first ever Global Wellness Tourism Congress and the benefits to India as the host destination more>>

Increasing trend of travel transactions through mobile devices: Google India
Google India’s survey report on consumer behaviour, ‘Multi-Screen Traveller’, tracks the booking pattern of consumers when it comes to research and transacting business for travel products online. The study, conducted by IPSOS for Google India, has shown growing trend of bookings being completed on mobile devices by mature users in key cities in the country. Hospitality Biz presents findings of the survey
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Westin Hotels organises ‘Golf Clinic’ with golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar
Westin Hotels and Resorts organised a by-invitation-only Golf Clinic for members of the Starwood Preferred Guest programme with Indian golfer, Gaganjeet Bhullar. The programme gave the members an opportunity to play golf with Bhullar at The Westin Gurgaon New Delhi
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This Week's Top Headlines
CCI approval a major breakthrough for DIAL Aerocity hotel projects
  The ordeal of hotel investors in Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) Aerocity seems to have ended, following the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) to approve the plan of 13 hotel projects— more>>
Berggruen Hotels launches upscale brand 'Keys Klub'
  Berggruen Hotels Pvt. Ltd. has introduced an upscale hotel brand, Keys Klub, in the four- and five-star categories to service business travellers. All properties under this brand will be owned, managed or franchised by Berggruen Hotels across India. more>>
FICCI to organise B2B meet for wellness segment in Mumbai in Nov 2013
  The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) will organise a B2B investment meet for the wellness segment, in Mumbai in November this year. more>>
Aspri Spirits introduces Gruppo Cevico’s E’got and Golden Sparrow wine variants in Indian market
  Aspri Spirits, importers of premium wines and spirits, has partnered with Italian wine maker, Gruppo Cevico, to launch four entry-level wines in the Indian market. more>>
IHCL plans 36 hotels in 4 years
  Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) plans to open 36 hotels with an additional room inventory of 5,431 in the next four years, Cyrus Mistry, Chairman, Tata Sons Ltd, said at the company’s 112th annual shareholders’ meeting yesterday. more>>
Maharashtra appoints Accenture to make suggestions for revision of hospitality laws
  The Maharashtra government has appointed consultancy firm, Accenture, to take a hard look at the several outdated laws that cramp the hospitality industry of the state and threaten Mumbai's nightlife. more>>
Hilton Worldwide enters Pune
  Hilton Worldwide has launched DoubleTree by Hilton Pune - Chinchwad, making this the first international hotel brand to open in Pimpri-Chinchwad. The 115-room property boasts of upscale accommodations and amenities, including four F&B venues, an executive lounge, more>>
The Raintree Hotel, Chennai joins Summit Hotels & Resorts
  Summit Hotels & Resorts, a collection of hotels and resorts and a brand of the Preferred Hotel Group, has included The Raintree Hotel, Chennai in its Asia Pacific portfolio. more>>
Mirah Group plans Rs 200-cr F&B investment in 3 years
  Mirah Group is looking at investing about Rs 200 crore in the next three years to expand its F&B business in India and overseas. The Rs 800-crore conglomerate operates brands like Rajdhani, Mad Over Donuts (MOD), Manchester United Cafe, more>>
Tata Global Beverages plans to bring international tea brands to India in 5 years
  Tata Global Beverages Ltd. (TGBL) plans to add brands to its international portfolio and launch them in India in the next five years. One of the company’s key challenges is the competition from regional tea companies in India. more>>
WelcomHeritage Jukaso Junglemantra opens in Bandhavgarh, MP
  WelcomHeritage has opened WelcomHeritage Jukaso Junglemantra, Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh (MP). The nature resort, located at Bandhavgarh National Park, targets wildlife lovers, more>>
Karnataka State Board of Wakfs asks ITC Windsor, Bengaluru to vacate property
  The Karnataka State Board of Wakfs has asked ITC Windsor hotel in Bengaluru, earlier known as ITC Windsor Sheraton Hotel, to vacate the property by the end of this month, more>>
Quattro Ristorante to expand in India through franchise model
  Quattro Ristorante, a vegetarian restaurant that exclusively serves Italian and Mexican cuisines along with a range of desserts, will expand in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi/NCR, Jaipur, and more>>
30 restaurants found operating without environmental clearance in Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
  A Right to Information (RTI) reply from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) stated that around 30 restaurants at Hauz Khas Village in New Delhi do not have environment clearance. more>>
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