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 INTERVIEW
‘STAAH is the fastest Channel Manager that instantly updates multiple OTAs in real time’ - Tarun Joukani, Marketing Manager, STAAH, India
STAAH (System for Travel, Activities and Hotels), a New Zealand-based e-commerce and e-marketing solutions company, provides hotels channel management tools for updating room availability, rates and retrieve reservations. It has forged partnerships with leading hotels and OTAs in India within a short duration. Tarun Joukani, Marketing Manager, STAAH, India, tells Hospitality Biz how hotels can reap benefits by partnering with credible channel managers
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Trends in Hotel Design - Prem Nath, Principal Designer, Prem Nath & Associates
India is a land of infinite variety, richly brimmed with cultural heritage, architectural heritage, natural heritage, business and trade conference along with handicrafts and much more. Thanks to our culture that teaches us ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ and to our rich architectural heritage, Indian hospitality makes guests feel like ‘kings and queens’ in the beautiful architectural palaces, which are transformed into comfortable hotel rooms to relax and rejuvenate.
The Indian tradition of hospitality, clubbed with Indian diversity and a well-developed tourist infrastructure, is a boon to the travel and tourism industry. It’s a moment of pride for us Indians that about half of the leading hotels in the world are in India.
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 SPECIAL REPORT

2013 Hotels in India: Trends & Opportunities
Indian hotels recorded a 5.2% fall in RevPAR in 2012-13, as compared with the previous year, with the five-star segment reporting the steepest decline, HVS India’s annual ‘The Trends & Opportunities Report’ shows. Conversely, budget and economy hotels registered the highest RevPAR growth at 10.4% on the back of a 14.7% rise in average rate. Hospitality Biz presents highlights of the Report
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
In a major breakthrough for the hotel industry towards achievement of the long-pending demand for infrastructure status, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has relaxed the External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) norms with immediate effect. ...read more>>
 
Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India, has assured complete support to the hospitality industry to mitigate the current challenges it faces in terms of taxation, approvals, etc. ...read more>>
 
The Indian government’s austerity measures that ban ministries and departments from conducting meetings and conferences at five-star hotels is expected to have a mixed impact on the hotel industry. ...read more>>
 
The Centre has exempted the hospitality industry in the flood-ravaged Uttarakhand from service tax till March 2014 stated a PTI report. The floods and landslides on June 16 had caused extensive damage in Uttarakhand and adversely affected the life of the people in ...read more>>
 
The Tourism Finance Corporation of India Ltd (TFCI), a public limited company set up to cater to the financial needs of the tourism industry, is planning to set up a dedicated bank under the licence provisions of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). ...read more>>
 
Royal Orchid Hotels Limited, a hospitality chain in India, launched Regenta Central Harimangla in Bharuch, Gujarat. With this launch, the hospitality chain continues its focus of entering into tier III cities. ...read more>>
 
The Parliamentary Standing Committee for Tourism, Culture and Transport, in its latest recommendations to the Centre, has sought synergies among various departments of the Indian government to help boost tourism. ...read more>>
 
RV Deshpande, Minister for Tourism, Government of Karnataka, has sought the help of Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India, to get speedy clearances from the Union Ministry of Environment & Forests ...read more>>
 
Starwood Hotels & Resorts expects to open a total of 17 hotels by year-end. In the next 12 months, Aloft, a hotel brand under Starwood Hotels & Resorts, will add two hotels in India with openings in Bengaluru and ...read more>>
 
South-based Film Financier and Real Estate Investor, PVP Ventures has emerged as the top bidder to acquire majority shares of Goldman Sachs in India's second Four Seasons hotel project in Bengaluru. ...read more>>
 
Processed foods in India could soon be graded for quality and safety by Quality Mark (Q Mark), a standard instituted by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India. ...read more>>
 
Private equity firm Silk Route has acquired Mumbai-based Moshe’s Fine Foods Pvt. Ltd, which runs a chain of restaurants and cafés specialising in Mediterranean cuisine under the brand name ‘Moshe’s’, ...read more>>
 
DNV Business Assurance Food Safety System has bestowed the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 22000:2005 certification upon Café Coffee Day (CCD) for its Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) in cafes. ...read more>>
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