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 EDITORIAL
Need to assert our Soft Power
India is a country of diversities and these encompass every aspect of its life. The art, architecture, food habits, customs, traditions, costumes of every village, province in the country have evolved over centuries. While this diversity is a great asset for a country that is aspiring to be a super power in travel and tourism, many finer aspects of it are yet to be clearly asserted and propagated on the global stage. When the trend of “experiential travel” is largely gaining momentum, it is high time the destination marketers fine-tuned their strategies to espouse these ‘soft-powers’ to attract more tourists to our shores.
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 COVER STORY

Bathrooms Redefined: Functional to Fabulous
At its core, the lavatory is a utilitarian space, but hoteliers today are looking at bathrooms as indulgent chambers. More and more luxury hotels are opting for bathroom design concepts that wow, engage and lure clients. Hospitality Biz takes a Coup d’œil at the rapidly evolving luxury bathroom space in India
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 INTERVIEW
‘India is a key growth market for Accor in Asia Pacific’ - Jean-Michel Cassé, Senior Vice President-Operations, Accor India
A decade after entering into the hospitality landscape of India, Accor Hotels has been able to forge strong partnerships in the market and register healthy footprint in terms of hotels across the country. Jean-Michel Cassé, Senior Vice President-Operations, Accor India, in an interaction with Hospitality Biz, speaks on the group’s developments, their projects for India in the pipeline and other issues
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
The Maharashtra government has decided to focus on Tier-II cities and smaller and offbeat destinations for tourism development in the state. In the first phase, Rs 200 crore would be invested for creating and ...read more>>
 
Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Goverdhandham Estate Private Ltd. for a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Jaipur on November 27. ...read more>>
 
As part of its global expansion, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced eight new properties in development, set to open over the next 36 months. ...read more>>
 
Park Hotel Group announced the opening of its ninth Global Sales Office (GSO) in New Delhi, India on November 1, 2013. The Group is also establishing its tenth Global Sales office in Jakarta, ...read more>>
 
Abu Dhabi-based hotel management company, Rotana Hotels & Resorts is all geared to mark their presence outside Middle East in a major way. The hotel group has their strategies in place, ...read more>>
 
WelcomHotel Bella Vista, Panchkula-Chandigarh was officially unveiled by CDIL Group and ITC Hotels in Chandigarh today. The 49-room boutique hotel will be managed by ITC Hotel Group under its ‘WelcomHotel’ brand. ...read more>>
 
First launched at 329 hotels in the U.S. and Canada, mobile check-in service of Marriott International is now available at 20 additional Marriott hotels in 19 countries - five in Asia Pacific including ...read more>>
 
STAAH, a channel management and booking engine provider in India, was chosen by The Windflower Resorts & Spa as their preferred Channel Manager recently. ...read more>>
 
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a public-private partnership under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, which trains youth especially from the underprivileged sections of the society on sector specific skills, ...read more>>
 
HRH Group of Hotels, chain of Heritage Palace-Hotels and Resorts under private ownership announced the launch of its new line of business (LOB) in the Information Technology (IT) segment. ...read more>>
 
Students from Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa (LEH), were declared winners of Accor Take Off Challenge 2013, held in Singapore. ‘Novotel Reinvented 2020’ – was the theme for Accor Take Off Challenge, this year. ...read more>>
 
Nilesh Mitra, Senior Director, Human Resources, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, South Asia won the Most Admired HR Professional of the Year Award at The Asian Leadership Awards 2013 held on September 24 at Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai. ...read more>>
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