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 EDITORIAL
Revamping the Image – at all levels!
World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has recently asked key members of the Council to produce their own short videos and join the Council’s global campaign to change the perception about the career profiles available for youth in the travel and tourism industry. While the travel and tourism sector has the potential to address the youth unemployment and gender inequality issues, which many countries of the world are grappling with, the Council felt that the sector has not been able to attract youth to join its ranks due to lack of clarity and awareness about the career profiles in the sector. Through these short videos, known industry personalities have been asked, among other things, to explain how their decision to opt for travel and tourism as a career changed their life for the better.
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 INTERVIEW
‘We are keen to pump our select service brand, Hyatt Place, in India market’ - Harleen Mehta, VP - Sales & Operations (South Asia) Hyatt Hotels
After entering India market with their flagship Hyatt Regency brand three decades ago, Hyatt Hotels Corporation has expanded their brand presence slowly but steadily in the market over the years. Today, Hyatt operates 19 hotels across five brands, with a robust pipeline across Tier I, II and III cities. Harleen Mehta, Vice President - Sales & Operations (South Asia) Hyatt Hotels shares their India market strategies with Hospitality Biz
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 COVER STORY

Skill v/s Management: Need to revisit our priorities
When students decide to step into the hospitality industry, the first thing they do is enroll into an IHM and attain the hospitality management degree. Each year, hundreds of students graduate out of IHMs where students are equipped to be managers. Does the hospitality industry really need so many managers or do they need skill-based professionals? Hospitality Biz interacts with HR managers at leading hotels and representatives of niche skill-focused institutes and finds out more
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
Hotel And Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has announced that it will start an all out protest against the new capital value system for taxation adopted by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with retrospective effect from 2010. ...read more>>
 
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has welcomed the new directives given by the Commissioner of Police (CP) to his officers, providing major reliefs to the hotel and restaurant industry in Mumbai. ...read more>>
 
Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi in his first state visit to Nepal has assured all support for infrastructure development in areas including tourism. ...read more>>
 
In order to enhance the experience of visitors to the travel website on all modern communication gadgets, especially mobile phones, TripAdvisor will soon introduce a functionality called ‘Instant Booking’ on its mobile phone application (app). ...read more>>
 
Bengaluru-based alcoholic beverages company, I Brands Beverages, in their endeavour to take their ‘mass market premium’ spirits – Three Royals Whisky; Granton whisky; Rum 99, Jamaican flavoured dark rum; and Granton XO Brandy, ...read more>>
 
Burger King Restaurants Pvt. Ltd, the brainchild of Vishamber Shewakramani, Managing Director, Ras Resorts and Apart Hotels Pvt. Ltd. is a QSR serving Vada Pav. ...read more>>
 
Fisher & Paykel, global leaders in innovative kitchen appliances, will expand their presence in the north Indian market by entering Rajasthan via Jaipur. Fisher & Paykel will launch its showroom on August 9, 2014 in Jaipur. ...read more>>
 
The Delhi unit of TajSATS, the country’s airline catering company, was adjudges as the Best Aviation Catering Unit for the third consecutive year at GMR-IGI Airport Awards 2014 held recently. ...read more>>
 
Duet India Projects Development Services (DIPDS) has been awarded a project management contract by a business house to develop an internationally branded Mercure hotel by Accor in Chennai. ...read more>>
 
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management has launched a specialisation in Spa and Health Management, focused on the business and operational aspects of spa and health management, health and aesthetics, spa medicine and hotel spa services. ...read more>>
 
Kerala Tourism and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise a framework for cooperation in cultural heritage protection and ...read more>>
 
Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) plans to make Ponda, a city located 28 km from Panaji, a Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) Tourism hub. ...read more>>
 
With the aim of bringing approved tourist guides under the social security net, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India plans to introduce a novel scheme for pension and insurance. ...read more>>
 
The number of tourists coming to Goa has increased during the past two years and the State Tourism Department is targeting five million tourists in Goa by 2016. ...read more>>
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