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 EDITORIAL
The Big Divide
The recently concluded 17th Annual Convention of the Hotel & Restaurant Association Western India (HRAWI) in Pune brought to the fore, yet again, industry-relevant issues, which associations and relevant ‘apolitical’ bodies have been trying to address through their representations. While HRAWI members listed a charter of their demands, Vivek Nair, President, Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI),
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 COVER STORY

Empowering Hotel Interiors
Energy cost is the largest operating cost for hotels. In India, where energy consumption is high, it is incumbent on hotel developers and owners to incorporate systems that lower energy consumption. Such measures would help hotels cut operational expenses, improve bottom line and better demonstrate their climate stewardship. Hospitality Biz attempts to find out about the Indian hotel industry's commitment to energy saving
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 SPECIAL REPORT

Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa opens state-of-the-art new campus
Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa offers the most comprehensive hospitality education programme in India. The students are exposed to best-in-class industry practices and the focus of the programme is to develop students as hospitality leaders and entrepreneurs. The new state-of-the-art campus of Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa was opened last month. Hospitality Biz reports
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This Week's Top Headlines
Union Tourism Ministry approves new guidelines for hotel classification
  Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India, has approved the revision of guidelines for hotel classification/re-classification to make hotel services ...read more>>
Indian hotels likely to hike room rates
  Hotel operators might soon be increasing room tariffs by up to 12 per cent, stated a report by Reeba Zachariah on The Times of India. This comes in the backdrop of one of the biggest slowdowns ...read more>>
NDMC to seek Solicitor General’s opinion on Taj Mansingh Hotel auction
  Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India has given the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) permission to take opinion of the Solicitor General (SG) on the Taj Mansingh Hotel issue. ...read more>>
L&T Realty to sell under-construction Hyatt property in Chandigarh
  L&T Realty has put its under-construction Hyatt Regency hotel, 1.15-million sq ft mall, and 400,000-sq ft office building in Chandigarh on the block, signaling its intent to exit non-core businesses, ...read more>>
Accor’s ‘Formule1’ brand debuts in South India
  Accor has debuted its Formule1 brand in South India in Whitefield, Bengaluru. Strategically located amidst the business and IT hub of Whitefield, Hotel Formule1 Bengaluru Whitefield is aimed at the budget and quality ...read more>>
Hotels within 2-km radius of Gir National Park to face action
  Gujarat Forest Department has banned hotel constructions within the two-km radius of the Gir National Park and is now planning to crack down on the illegal hotels operating within the National Park ...read more>>
K Syama Raju re-elected as President of SIHRA
  K Syama Raju was re-elected as President of Southern India Hotel & Restaurant Association (SIHRA) for the third consecutive term. A new team was elected at the Annual General Meeting held in Chennai ...read more>>
Shangri-La Hotel, Mumbai rebranded as Palladium Hotel
  Shangri-La Hotel, Mumbai has been rebranded as Palladium Hotel. This luxury property will be managed by Pallazzio Hotels & Leisure Limited, which is a part of the Phoenix Mills Group Ltd ...read more>>
Pride Hotels takes over Sun Village Resort, Goa
  Pride Hotels took over the management of the Sun Village Resort recently. The resort, located near Baga, Arpora in North Goa will now be known as Pride Sun Village Resort & Spa. ...read more>>
Panoramic Group unveils United 21- Hyderabad
  Panoramic Group, a diversified multi-national conglomerate with business interests in several sectors, launched a new property in Hyderabad yesterday. ...read more>>
Tux Hospitality launches Hive Panipat
  Tux Hospitality has launched its mid-segment luxury brand, Hive Hotels, in Panipat, Haryana. The 45-key Hive Panipat offers rooms in three categories—Deluxe, Club and Suite. ...read more>>
Fortune Park Hotels unveils Fortune Select Grand Ridge in Tirupati
  Fortune Park Hotels Ltd., a part of ITC’s hotel group, has expanded its portfolio of hotels with the opening of the brand’s 41st hotel, ‘Fortune Select Grand Ridge’ in Tirupati. ...read more>>
Bars-cum-restaurants in Kolkata to pay more for licence to operate round the clock
  Five-star bars in Kolkata may now remain open and serve liquor round the clock, but for an annual licence fee which is 650 per cent higher, stated a report by Prithvijit Mitra ...read more>>
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