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 EDITORIAL
Do our associations need corporatisation?
The recently concluded FHRAI Convention in Kochi, Kerala has yet again opened up the Pandora’s box. There was a fair amount of excitement generated by the Federation around the Convention, and it also got a lot of attention. Unfortunately, all the attention was not for the right reasons. The Annual Convention of the apex body of hospitality associations was, for all practical purposes, boycotted by leading members of two of its regional associations.
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 INTERVIEW
‘What is measurable is achievable’ - Rajeev Menon, Area Vice President, South Asia and Australia, Marriott International
Marriott International Inc. has created a niche for itself among the various segments of hotels that they operate in. Rajeev Menon, Area Vice President, South Asia and Australia, Marriott International, speaks to Hospitality Biz on the sidelines of the launch of Marriott’s 20th property in India, throwing light on the various industry-relevant issues
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 COVER STORY

No room for doubt: ‘In-Room Technology’ the next BIG thing
In recent years, technology has become inextricably fused into our daily lives. The more technological advancements are made, the more people change, and the more necessary it becomes for the hospitality industry to upgrade itself technologically to lure tech-savvy travellers. Technology is now increasingly becoming a brand differentiator for hotels. Hospitality Biz finds out how hotels today go the extra mile to please their guests with the aid of technology
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
Cyclone Phailin has disrupted Odisha’s tourism and hospitality industry, the state’s largest employment providers, according to a report by Diana Sahu in The New Indian Express. ...read more>>
 
Sofitel Luxury Hotels, the French luxury hotel brand, continues to strengthen its presence across the globe with majority of development in Asia Pacific and Middle East regions in 2013. ...read more>>
 
Marriott International in association with Samhi Hotels Pvt. Ltd. expands its brand offering in Asia with the opening of its first Fairfield by Marriott hotel in Bengaluru, India. ...read more>>
 
The Lemon Tree Hotels group has re-launched its loyalty rewards program called Lemon Tree Smiles. This rewards program is the fastest free room night earning program amongst Indian hotels ...read more>>
 
Sarovar Hotels, a hotel management company in India, announced the opening of Balaji Sarovar Premiere in Solapur, Maharashtra. This will be the group’s first hotel in Solapur and ninth hotel in Maharashtra. ...read more>>
 
Formule1 Hotels in India launched its brand website called www.hotelformule1india.com. The website is one-stop shop for all information one needs on hotel Formule1. ...read more>>
 
Samode Hotels, luxury and heritage hotel group from Rajasthan has appointed Travel & Hospitality Representation Services (THRS), an Indian hospitality consulting and services company, ...read more>>
 
Marriott International will organise ‘India Global Sales Mission – 2013’ in Mumbai on October 22, Bengaluru on October 24 and New Delhi on October 25 respectively. ...read more>>
 
Delhi-based Hotel Hans Pvt. Ltd., which owns and operates two hotels under ‘Hans’ brand in New Delhi and Puri in Orissa, will go in for rebranding into ‘Anya Hotels and Resorts’. ...read more>>
 
Square Root Hospitalities, promoted by Sohrab Sitaram, which owns Chi Kitchen & Bar, a pan-Asian casual dining restaurant, is planning aggressive expansion of the brand across the country in the next couple of years. ...read more>>
 
With the intention to curb wastage of food in trains, Railway panel has recommended more variety and smaller portions in trains for travellers starting October 17, 2013 in premier trains. ...read more>>
 
Moet-Hennessy, French wine and spirits maker and an arm of French luxury group LVMH, will launch its first 'Made in India' sparkling wine in the next few days, said a source in a report in The Economic Times ...read more>>
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