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 EVENT FOCUS

FHRAI all set for 48th Annual Convention in Kochi
Around 1,000 delegates from the Indian hospitality industry will assemble in Kochi from Sept 18-21 for the 48th Annual Convention of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI). The tourism industry in general and hospitality industry in particular in Kerala will showcase their globally acclaimed Sustainable & Responsible Tourism initiative to the delegates in all its glory. Hospitality Biz takes a look at the preparations for the Convention
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 INTERVIEW
‘It’s an honour to be the first woman GM in a Hyatt property in India’ - Britta Leick-Milde, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Kolkata
Britta Leick-Milde, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Kolkata, has the distinction of being the first woman General Manager (GM) in a Hyatt hotel in India. Her taking over the position coincided with Hyatt hotels launching a global programme specifically for women guests. In an interaction with Hospitality Biz, Leick-Milde speaks about her new responsibility and priorities in the new role
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 HOTEL DESIGN

Into the Woods
There is something about wood that makes it the desired choice of many hotel interior design firms and architects today. Wood has never been just a material. The story of wood encompasses elegance, warmth, sophistication, luxury, tradition and sentiments. It arouses a cosy feeling of being home. Hospitality Biz discovers how the usage of wood has changed over the years in the Indian hospitality industry
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This Week's Top Headlines
IHCL takes over management of The Claridges, Surajkund
  Indian Hotels Company Ltd. (IHCL) yesterday formally announced the completion of the takeover process of The Claridges, Surajkund hotel in the Delhi NCR on management contract. ...read more>>
ITC Hotels to manage R P Group's five hotels
  ITC Hotels has tied up with Ravi Pillai - led R P Group Hotels and Resorts to manage its five hotels in India and Dubai. These hotels will be run under the company’s five-star brand ...read more>>
MoFPI seeks FDI in food processing
  The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India is striving to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), only because it would bring the much-needed capital infusion, ...read more>>
Accor to open more budget hotels in India
  Accor plans to expand in the Indian budget hotel space, envisaging opening 19 committed properties under its value-budget Formule1 brand in the coming years. ...read more>>
Carlson Rezidor signs four hotels in India in Q2 2013
  In order to strengthen presence in emerging cities and leisure destinations of the Asia Pacific region, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has signed seven new hotels in the second quarter of 2013. ...read more>>
Weak rupee spurs Medical Tourism in India: ASSOCHAM
  In view of the falling rupee against foreign currencies, the number of medical tourists to India has jumped by 40 per cent in the past six months, according to a study by the ASSOCHAM. ...read more>>
Vodafone to engage travel trade associations as part of the SME business expansion
  Vodafone Business Services (VBS), the enterprise arm of Vodafone, as part of expanding their business enterprise solutions footprint in the burgeoning Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) market ...read more>>
JW Marriott Hotel, Aerocity gets go-ahead from Delhi Police
  JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity has sought a no-objection certificate from Delhi Police to start operations, saying lack of mandatory clearance is resulting in ‘heavy losses’. ...read more>>
The Claridges to set up heritage hotel in Bharatpur, Rajasthan in 2 years
  The Claridges Hotels and Resorts will set up a heritage hotel in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. The hotel company has taken a heritage palace on long-term lease to convert it into a heritage hotel. ...read more>>
BCIHMCT to conduct 12th Chandiwala Hospitality Ensemble from Sept 25-27, 2013
  The 12th annual Chandiwala Hospitality Ensemble (CHE), organised by Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (BCIHMCT) New Delhi, ...read more>>
V Resorts Fort Auwa to open in November 2013
  V Resorts Fort Auwa to open in November 2013. The heritage property is located in Pali district which is 35 km from Jodhpur. The fort is being renovated keeping in mind its historical presence ...read more>>
Police to give security grades to hotels and other public places in Mumbai
  Mumbai police will soon be grading the preparedness of security systems in place at public spaces like hotels, hospitals, malls, multiplexes and schools, stated a report by Somendra Sharma in DNA. ...read more>>
USL to act as sales agent for Diageo’s global brands
  Diageo is set to unveil a dual business structure in India. Diageo India Private will keep the economic interests, marketing and strategic decisions on all its international brands, ...read more>>
A La Mode Banquets opens in Juhu, Mumbai
  A La Mode Banquets recently was launched in Juhu, Mumbai. The two level set up caters to both social and corporate events like weddings, ring ceremonies, birthdays and anniversaries. ...read more>>
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