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 INTERVIEW
‘We expect the industry to consolidate with more professional players leading the market’ - Naveen Jain, President, Duet India Hotels
Duet India Hotels started operations in India in 2007 with a clear strategy to develop and own mid-scale and upper mid-scale hotels. In 2011, the company entered into a Joint Venture with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to develop 19 Holiday Inn Express branded hotels basically in business locations. Naveen Jain, President, Duet India Hotels in an interaction with Hospitality Biz reveals the company’s outlook of the unfolding industry scenario in the country...
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 COVER STORY

Hotel Bathrooms: Where design & functionality counts
Bathrooms are equally or more important than the Guest Rooms in a modern travelers scheme of things. Any lapse in design of this vital space, amenities associated with it, maintenance, hygiene, etc. makes guest experiences woeful. Hoteliers over a period of time have been investing a lot of resources and energy to ensure that they provide the best of bath experiences to their guests. Shoaib Mohammed spoke to people in the hotel operations space to understand the changing trends.
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Scrap EPCG to bolster MAKE IN INDIA - Rajat Pandhi, President, Association of Resource Companies for the Hospitality Industry of India (ARCHII)
The procurement systems adopted by various Hotels in India need to be seriously revamped. A lot needs to be done to bring about changes in the same for the mutual benefit of Hoteliers and vendors in India. Currently the systems are different from hotel to hotel and each system leaves a lot to be desired. You will find this a bit odd but 40 years with the Hotel industry has shown us the good and the bad.
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
In his first visit to India after taking over as the CEO of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) early last month, Mario Hardy said that 38th annual PATA Travel Mart in Bengaluru will have a completely new format. Over and above three days of scheduled Travel Mart from September 6 to 8, 2015, there will be workshops, seminars, conferences, he said. ...read more>>
 
Dr Suman Billa has been appointed as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India. A 1996 batch Kerala cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer, Dr Billa was Secretary – Tourism, Kerala, prior to this. ...read more>>
 
As per a PTI report, focusing on improving connectivity to the North East, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi yesterday said the Centre would provide Rs 28,000 crore for laying new railway lines in the region and develop the "untapped" tourism potential of the area. ...read more>>
 
According to a report by M Venkatesh in The New Indian Express, in a major initiative, the Karnataka government has issued a notification privatising over 18 Tourism Department properties. ...read more>>
 
Shrem Hotels, the owning company of Novotel Goa Shrem Resort, will add more rooms to their property. Opened in October 2013, the Novotel Goa Shrem Resort currently has 85 guest rooms covering Superior, Executive, Deluxe and Junior Suites. ...read more>>
 
K Babu, Minister for Excise, Kerala said that the state government will study the impact of recently implemented liquor policy on tourism in the state. The Minister was responding to a question related to the closure of bars in hotels below the rank of four-star in the state in ...read more>>
 
Lemon Tree Hotels (LTH), announced Indian hotel industry’s first ever flash sale. Lemon Tree Hotels’ Mega Sale-2015 is an innovative limited period offer (December 19, 2014 and January 4, 2015) that allows guests to book rooms at just Rs 2015 across a wide ...read more>>
 
ITC is planning to invest about Rs 9,000 crore in the next three to four years to expand its hotel portfolio to 150 hotels, reports Economic Times quoting Nakul Anand, Executive Director of ITC Hotels. ITC Hotels, one of the largest hotel chains in the country, ...read more>>
 
Hotel & Restaurant Association of Eastern India (HRAEI) has demanded more fiscal incentives from Sikkim government to make the State attractive destination for hotel investments. ...read more>>
 
Hard Rock International, owner of one of the world’s most iconic and recognised brands announced to launch the Hard Rock Hotel Goa, the first of its kind in India. ...read more>>
 
Roots Corporation, a subsidiary of the Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), launched their first Ginger Hotel in Andhra Pradesh at Visakhapatnam. ...read more>>
 
Khaitan & Co, a leading law firm in India, recently conducted a two-city seminar focusing on the ‘Contemporary Issues in the Indian Hospitality Sector’. ...read more>>
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