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‘We plan to tap corporate trainings, weddings, B2B exhibitions and product launches in future’ - Bandish Mehta, GM, LICC and Mercure Lavasa
Contributing nearly 40 per cent of Meetings, Incentives, Conventions/Conferences, Exhibitions (MICE) business to the hospitality sector of Lavasa, the International Convention Centre has emerged as a new destination for corporate events, conferences, social functions and adventure activities. Bandish Mehta, General Manager, Lavasa International Convention Centre (LICC) and Mercure Lavasa speaks to Hospitality Biz about the unique features of LICC and plans of the property more>>

The Waterfront Shaw: Lavasa’s Hospitality Delight
The Waterfront Shaw has been able to create a hospitality address of its own at Lavasa in last four years. Hospitality Biz who experienced the lavish hospitality of the property recently, shares his account of the destination more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
First Green Hotel Conference to be held in Mumbai on June 7, 2013
  Hospitality Biz is organising a Green Hotel Conference on June 7, 2013 at Meluha The Fern, Mumbai with The Fern Hotels & Resorts as co-host and knowledge partner. more>>
Rotana may invest USD 5 million for Indian expansion
  Dubai-based Rotana Hotel Management Corporation (Rotana) may announce its first project in a few months as part of its expansion plans in India and likely to invest USD three to five million over the next few years, more>>
Accor aims to offer meeting facilities in over 2,000 hotels by 2015
  With a pipeline of 250 hotels to open in the next two years, Accor aims to offer meeting facilities to business clients and meeting planners in 2,250 hotels by 2015, a release stated. more>>
The Gateway Hotels & Resorts signs its first resort in Damdama, Gurgaon
  The Gateway Hotels & Resorts has signed a new resort in Damdama, Gurgaon, to be developed in association with Samak Dhoot Resorts and Spa Private Limited. more>>
Best Western India launches Best Western AVN Arogya in Madurai
  Best Western India, with 41 hotels in operation and under development, recently launched the Best Western AVN Arogya in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, following a tie-up with AVN Arogya & Ayurvedic Hospital. more>>
Lemon Tree Premier launches in Jaipur
  Carnation Hotels, the hotel management joint venture partner of Lemon Tree Hotels has taken over management duties at the erstwhile Golden Tulip Hotel in Jaipur. more>>
Karnataka to soon announce new tourism policy
  The Karnataka government will soon announce a new tourism policy to give a fillip to related activities, R V Deshpande, Minister for Higher Education and Tourism, Government of Karnataka, said. more>>
ITC Maurya receives National Tourism Award for Best Eco Friendly Hotel
  ITC Maurya recently received the National Tourism Award for Best Eco-friendly Hotel and Hotel providing Best Facilities for Differently-Abled guests at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. more>>
Accor Foundation, HOPE India launch hospitality training programme for underprivileged students
  Accor Foundation, which handles Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Accor Group, yesterday launched a vocational hospitality training programme for underprivileged children in New Delhi. more>>
Liquor prices in Delhi to rise next month
  Liquor prices in Delhi are set to rise next month as the cabinet cleared the new Excise Policy earlier this week. While the Policy leaves the licence fee untouched for the financial year 2013-14, more>>
Three New Delhi-based eateries among 101 Best Restaurants in Asia 2013
  Three of New Delhi's eateries have been ranked among a list of 101 Best Restaurants in Asia 2013. Varq at The Taj Mahal Hotel that serves Indian cuisine was ranked at number six and more>>
Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi opens Cherry Bar
  Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi recently launched Cherry Bar. The addition is part of the hotel’s culinary offerings apart from the three restaurants—Cafe Knosh, Mei Kun, and Dilli 32. more>>
YoYo Noodle plans to foray into India
  England-based Chinese food chain YoYo Noodle plans to invest GBP 25 million over the next five years. The company has partnered with One Network Consulting for its foray into the Rs 5,500 crore domestic more>>
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