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 COVER STORY

Hotel Change-overs: The nouveau trend

They say that change is the only thing that’s constant. Seems like the Hotel industry has taken this saying too literally. The number of hotel conversions that have taken place in the last few years is raising eyebrows. Several international & Indian hoteliers are increasingly acquiring existing properties, selling properties & jumping brands. The same is said to continue this year. Hospitality Biz talks to industry experts and tries to understand the reasons & benefits behind this trend
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 INTERVIEWS
‘Our aim is to be the largest company in Hotel Marketing Programmes in South West Asia’ - Ashwani Dhawan, President and CEO, A4A Hospitality
A4A Hospitality, India’s leading company offering niche and premiere Loyalty Program Management Solutions provides a 360 degree turnkey proposal to increase Revenue Streams covering the domains of Hospitality, Travel and Lifestyle.Ashwani Dhawan, President and CEO, A4A Hospitality shares the company’s goals and future plans with Hospitality Biz
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‘Karcher products are equipped to perform diverse cleaning tasks’ - Ruediger Schroeder, Managing Director, Karcher Cleaning Systems
Karcher Germany after forming a fully owned subsidiary, in India in 2011, has been continuously investing in the market in terms of setting up branches & sales & service resources to improve the brand visibility in the professional & consumer market. Hospitality Biz spoke to Ruediger Schroeder, Managing Director, Karcher Cleaning Systems to find out how the mechanised cleaning industry is picking up in India
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 CHEF'S CORNER
Nishant Choubey, Executive Sous Chef, Dusit Devarana New Delhi
A graduate in Hotel Management from IHM, Bhopal, Chef Choubey has also pursued an additional qualification in food hygiene from University of London after completing his IHM. After joining the industry as a Management Trainee with Mughal Sheraton Agra in 1999, Chef Choubey went on to work with leading Indian brands like The Taj Coromandel and Rajvilas Jaipur by The Oberoi Group. He also had a successful stint with Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai as Chef de Partie. Coming back to India in 2006, Chef Choubey joined standalone restaurant The Olive Bar & Kitchen as Sous Chef. He was also Executive Chef with Cibo, a fine dining Italian restaurant before joining Dusit Devarana New Delhi as an Executive Sous Chef. Hospitality Biz tries to know more about
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 SPOTLIGHT

Sara Vilas Mandawa: An idyllic getaway in Shekhawati

Mandawa in Rajasthan is popular world over for its grandiose forts and havelis. Perched in the heart of Mandawa, Sara Vilas is a spectacular resort designed to recreate the regal ambience of a bygone era. Hospitality Biz stays at the magnificent resort and recounts his experience
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
Hospitality Biz in partnership with Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) will organise the second edition of Green Hotel Conference on May 30, 2014 in Goa. ...read more>>
 
The first IPO of FY 2015 is witnessing a promising response from investors with over 42 per cent of the Rs 180 crore plus issue being subscribed to as of 5pm on Day 1 (April 21, 2014) according to the websites of the stock exchanges - NSE and BSE. ...read more>>
 
The rapidly growing Indian coffee market has captured the attention of the makers of Brewberrys Cafe, the coffee bar. With an aggressive expansion plan in place, that will see more 25-30 stores opened in tier III cities in India, Ankur Gupta Director and Co-founder, ...read more>>
 
Lemon Tree Hotels announced opening of its award winning pan-Asian restaurant- Republic of Noodles (RON), at the newly launched Lemon Tree Premier, Delhi Airport. Republic of Noodles offers cuisines from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, ...read more>>
 
Yatra.com, one of India’s online travel companies, announced Rs 140 crores funding round led by new investors IDG Ventures and Vertex Venture Management Pte. Ltd. Yatra’s existing investors, including seed investor Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), ...read more>>
 
Cadbury India will soon be rechristened Mondelez India, after its US-based parent company Mondelez International, which had acquired Cadbury Plc globally in 2010 stated a TOI report. The move is expected to coincide with the company moving out of its iconic ...read more>>
 
Airport lounge service provider Plaza Premium Lounge is looking at expanding its footprint in India with opening lounges in three metro cities of Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai by the end of current financial year stated a report in Financial Chronicle. ...read more>>
 
Veen Waters, the popular Finnish Spring Water brand, will soon enter Indian market. Veen Waters India will be importing natural mineral water from Veen Waters’ newly set up bottling plant in Bhutan by next month basically to target the hi-end HoReCa market in ...read more>>
 
Starwood Hotels and Resorts hope to open Aloft New Delhi Aerocity in the first quarter of 2015.The 200-room hotel will have special design elements to appeal to young GenY tech savvy customers. Aloft New Delhi Aerocity is among the three Aloft properties ...read more>>
 
Sarovar Hotels & Resorts will be opening six new hotels in three months stated a report by V Rishi kumar in The Hindu Business Line. ...read more>>
 
Johnny Rockets, the classic Americana food chain, which has over 320 restaurants internationally including two in India, will open 60 more new outlets internationally in 2014. While 20 of them will be in the US, rest 40 will be in other international locations. ...read more>>
 
McDonald’s has launched Royale Range of burgers in India. It comprises two premium variants - McPaneer Royale and Grilled Chicken Royale. These would be available at all McDonald’s outlets in the northern and eastern states of India. ...read more>>
 
The Baker’s Dozen, Mimansa Industries Pvt Ltd’s artisan bakery, recently opened an outlet in Oshiwara, a western suburb of Mumbai. Its menu, which comprises 25 varieties of artisan breads, also includes gourmet sandwiches, ragi crackers and coffee. ...read more>>
 
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and The Coca-Cola Company announced a new multi-year agreement to Coca-Cola soft drink and juice brandsthat guests enjoy during their stays at IHG brands in the United States, representing more than 3,200 hotels. ...read more>>
 
Shine Spa for Sheraton was awarded with the top spot as the Best Luxury Hotel Spa in India at the recently concluded World Luxury Spa Awards. The World luxury Spa Awards is an annual search for the best Spas across the globe based on votes by their very own Spa ...read more>>
 
Smart Automation Experience centre has been launched by Anil Chaudhry, Country President and Managing Director, Schneider Electric, India at the Smart Automation, Experience Centre, Mohali. Smart Automation has trained manpower for IT, electricals, ...read more>>
 
Pullman Gurgaon Central Park has launched Spa Lounge. On offer are highly specialised and therapeutic treatments enriched with authentic products. These are designed to peel away the daily stresses and rejuvenate your spirit, mind and body. ...read more>>
 
RezNext, a real-time distribution company has conducted a study on direct bookings received by hotels in India through their website. Results reveal that the website as a distribution channel is yet to be tapped fully for its potential. ...read more>>
 
Hotel Leelaventure is in talks with sovereign wealth funds of Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Malaysia to sell its prime properties in Delhi and Chennai for around Rs 1,850 crore to pare debt. The firm, which owns, operates and manages hotels, palaces and resorts, is ...read more>>
 
Radisson Hyderabad Hitec City welcomed guests on April 1, 2014 at the opening of the first Radisson hotel in Hyderabad and the sixth Radisson property in India for Carlson Rezidor. It was previously known as Aditya Sarovar Premiere and has undergone ...read more>>
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