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 COVER STORY

Serviced to Convenience
The demand for serviced apartment has grown drastically in the past ten years, fuelled by gradually improving product knowledge, better understanding of the benefits serviced apartments offer, improved standards of apartments, and arrival of major hotel brands into the sector. Hospitality Biz examines the ever growing segment of ‘Serviced Apartment’
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 SPOTLIGHT

Umasankar: Carving niche Impressions with knife
Umasankar Dhanapal is a person who earned laurels in the last edition of Culinary Olympics in Germany for the art he passionately follows and is trying to popularise - fruit and vegetable carving. A Training Manager with Yum Restaurants in Chennai, this hardcore culinary artist spoke eloquently to Hospitality Biz on how he made the ‘Incredible India’ flag flutter in the highest culinary competition without any support from any source whatsoever
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 SPECIAL REPORT

Top 5 Trends in Hotel Technology
With technological advancement on a rise, the expectations of travellers from a hotel have also increased manifolds. Thus, a hotel’s technology offerings play an important role when guests book for an accommodation. eRevMax, the leader in hotel online distribution and channel management solutions, has unveiled an infographic to assist property owners around the world to know about the latest technology trends topping the charts this season. Hospitality Biz presents the report
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
After Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a deadline of February 4, 2014, to food business operators for registration under Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSA) Act, hoteliers have expressed concern over how the law is not wholly implementable, ...read more>>
 
In a step towards promoting tourism round-the-year, Kerala government has proposed five per cent Luxury Tax (LT) cut in hotels during lean monsoon season starting from June. Presenting the annual budget of the State for FY 2014-15, State Finance Minister, KM Mani ...read more>>
 
Federation of Associations of Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) will take up the issues of the tourism industry in the State of Rajasthan with the State Chief Minister soon. The umbrella organisation, as part of meeting the state-level stakeholders of the tourism and ...read more>>
 
With Rajasthan Tourism having severed partnership with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for the annual Great India Travel Bazaar (GITB) after the sixth edition last year, the Chamber has decided to continue with the initiative, ...read more>>
 
The 19th edition of Food & Hotel Asia (FHA) and Wine & Spirits Asia (WSA), organised by Singapore Exhibition Services (SES), will be organised in Singapore at the Singapore Expo from April 8 to 11, 2014. This edition of FHA and WSA is said to witness an 80 per ...read more>>
 
Rotana, hotel management company from the middle-east with a portfolio of properties across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, has undergone big changes at the top as Co-Founder, Selim El Zyr passes the lead on to Omer Kaddouri, ...read more>>
 
British budget hotel chain Premier Inn is planning to open 13 properties in India by 2016, which will take the total number of rooms it has in the country to around 1,300 stated a report in The Hindu Business Line. ...read more>>
 
Eastin Hotel Ahmedabad has announced its opening date as March 15, 2014. The property features 156-room comprising of 94 superior rooms, 56 deluxe rooms and six luxury suites. The design and style of the rooms is set in a contemporary with a modern ...read more>>
 
61st UICH Congress took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where over 500 Concierge members from 45 countries all across the globe, including 14 Concierges from India, attended the Congress from January 10 to 15, 2014. The opening ceremony commenced ...read more>>
 
This April, Infiniti live-aboard – a luxury super-yacht in the Andaman Islands, will serve up a very special treat – an exclusive surf trip that will take surfers to the best waves and breaks in the Andaman Islands. The surf trip on Infiniti has been finalised as a ten-day trip to the ...read more>>
 
Expanding its product range in the country, beer maker Molson Coors Cobra India recently launched British iconic brand ‘Carling’ in the Indian market stated a report in The Hindu Business Line. The Mumbai-based company, a joint venture between US-based Molson ...read more>>
 
Novotel Goa Shrem Resort recently announced the opening of their In Balance Spa. The philosophy of the In Balance Spa is Sable – Sand. The idea behind the theme is that the feel of sand and colours can have a significant effect on our mood, behaviour and body. ...read more>>
 
Royal Ceramic World, distributor of sanitaryware, will launch their first showroom at 100 ft – Banaswadi Main Road in Bengaluru on January 31, 2014. The company will market products in India under the brand name R1. ...read more>>
 
ReviewPro, international provider of online reputation and social media analytics for the hospitality industry, has renewed its relationship with Sabre Hospitality Solutions, a global technology company serving the hospitality industry. ...read more>>
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