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 EDITORIAL
Conserving to Save the Future
Various national and international accreditations, which certify whether a hotel is environment friendly or not are there for the taking. Hoteliers, however, have to be determined to follow the diligent rules through out the term of their certification and even there after and not just do it for the purpose of getting their certification and using it as a marketing gimmick
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 COVER STORY

New Age Air Conditioners: A Cool Way of Saving Power & Money
Today’s air conditioning units are design marvels that can meet most cooling demands, regardless of the room’s size or function. There are many energy-efficient models with a range of features, from digital thermostats to remote controls and variable fan speeds. Hospitality Biz speaks to industry experts and gives an overview of the latest trends in the air-conditioning systems
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 INTERVIEW
'Chefs can take a lead to create food banks at their locations' - Chef Martin Kobald, Honorary Chairman, South African Chefs Association
Chef Martin Kobald, Honorary Chairman, South African Chefs Association (SACA), who was also the Global Chairman, World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Marketing & Communication Committee was in Delhi recently to preside over the jury of Indian Culinary Association (ICF) organised Culinary trade tests. Chef Kobald, who is currently associated with many humanitarian initiatives of the UN and WACS spoke to Hospitality Biz about a chef's role in eradicating hunger
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This Week's Top Headlines
Global room rates show YoY rise: HRG report
  The latest 2012 hotel survey from international corporate services company Hogg Robinson Group (HRG) stated across the globe overall rates increased by 1.4 per cent, ...read more>>
Tourism Minister, UNWTO Secretary General discuss tourism cooperation
  Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India, recently met Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), ...read more>>
Keys Hotels expects to operate 100 hotels by 2017
  Keys Hotels, brand of Berggruen Hotels Pvt Ltd plans to expand its portfolio to 100 hotels by 2017, out of which 50 per cent will be based on the franchise model. From the total openings, ...read more>>
Lack of security clearance hits hotels coming up near IGI Airport
  Several hotels coming up on a road alongside the runway of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, including some all set to welcome guests, face indefinite delay in opening because ...read more>>
DDA to renew lease for Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi
  The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will renew the lease for the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi. The lease for the property in Chanakyapuri is to end on March 31, 2013, ...read more>>
Carlson Rezidor debuts Radisson Blu in Ludhiana, Punjab
  Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group officially opened Radisson Blu Hotel MBD Ludhiana, in Punjab, recently. Marking the group's first Radisson Blu property in the city, ...read more>>
Marriott Hotels & Resorts forays into Bengaluru
  Marriott International Inc, yesterday announced the entry of Marriott Hotels & Resorts into Bengaluru with the launch of the Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield. ...read more>>
Mumbai Port Trust seeks ‘fair rent’ from IHCL
  Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) that runs the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers in Mumbai may have to shell out higher lease rentals in a bid to retain the most important property in its portfolio, ...read more>>
Gujarat govt to construct hotels though SPV
  The Gujarat government has decided to build several new hotels across the state through a new Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) - Gujarat Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) and ...read more>>
Tux Hospitality to manage Shipra Group properties
  Noida-based Tux Hospitality Pvt Ltd, a venture of Shipra Group has taken over management and operations of all the resident hotels of the Shipra Group. ...read more>>
Global tourist numbers breach 1-billion mark in 2012: UNWTO
  International tourist arrivals grew by four per cent to 1.035 billion in the past 12 months, and the Asia-Pacific region posted the highest increase of 6.5 per cent in foreign visitors to reach 14 million, ...read more>>
Sebi clears Diageo's open offer for United Spirits
  India’s capital markets regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has given conditional approval for United Spirits Ltd’s (USL’s) stake sale to Diageo Plc and ...read more>>
Tata Starbucks looks to work with local coffee growers
  In order to increase presence in India, Tata Starbucks Limited (TSL), yesterday, is looking at ways to work with local coffee growing communities with focus on agronomy, ...read more>>
Poush : Essence of Kashmir opens 2nd outlet in Mumbai
  Poush: Essence of Kashmir has recently opened its second outlet in Mumbai at Hypercity Mall in Thane. The 100-seater restaurant, spread across 3000 square feet, offers Kashmiri and ...read more>>
Chandigarh adopts online food licensing system
  Chandigarh recently implemented the Food Licensing/Registration System (FLRS) to facilitate Food Business Operators (FBOs) to file and track their applications, ...read more>>
NEC India, Vaultize partner to provide cloud-backup platform to enterprises
  NEC India, an IT solutions provider, recently entered into a strategic alliance with Vaultize, an enterprise cloud-backup-and-sharing solution provider, ...read more>>
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