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 EDITORIAL
Longing for Decisiveness!
For hospitality industry, 2013 was a challenging year. Unlike in the past, it was not just the slump in demand due to market downturn that was bothering the industry; on the contrary, it was the continued addition of new hotels and supply of new inventories that was hitting the profit margins of the hoteliers. In the huddle to maintain the market share and client base, hotels went on a panic mode by lowering their room rates like never before. When operating cost sky-rocketed due to unsparing inflation in the past one year, this slide in ARRs and RevPARs created big holes on the profit margins.
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 COVER STORY

Beat the heat & embrace warmth
The first thing that lures most guests into a fine dining restaurant or a five-star hotel, even before they set their foot into it, is the embracing temperature that instantly disconnects them from the outside chaos, noise, pollution and drama, thanks to Heating Ventilation and Air Conditiong (HVAC) systems. Hospitlaity Biz finds out more about HVAC systems in Indian hotels
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 INTERVIEW
‘There is far greater risk of being too timid during this growth phase’ - Dilip Puri, Managing Director - India and Regional Vice President - South Asia, Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts
South Asia in general and India in specific have been one of the largest growth markets for Starwood Hotels’ in the last decade. Dilip Puri, Managing Director - India and Regional Vice President - South Asia, Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts shares the regional market outlook with Hospitality Biz
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
S M Shervani, President, FHRAI lauded the decision of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to extend the deadline for Food Business Operators (FBO) seeking conversion/ renewal of existing licence / registrationunder repealed orders. ...read more>>
 
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has decided to increase the cap on total floor area ratio (FAR) for hotels by up to 66 per cent, Balvinder Kumar, Vice Chairman, DDA stated ...read more>>
 
Hilton Worldwide announced the signing of a management agreement with Palm Grove Beach Hotels Pvt. Ltd., a part of the K Raheja Constructions Group, to open the first Conrad hotel in India. ...read more>>
 
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced their partnership with real estate company, Jain Group to bring its hotel brand, Holiday Inn to West Bengal recently. ...read more>>
 
The Lalit Great Eastern, located in the main business and shopping district of Kolkata opened its door to guests on February 1, 2014. Referred to as the ‘Jewel of the East’ and the ‘Best Hotel East of the Suez’, ...read more>>
 
Ginger Hotels from Roots Corporation - a subsidiary of The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), announced the launch of its first hotel in Chandigarh. ...read more>>
 
Keys Resorts, an upscale resort brand of Berggruen Hotels announced the launch of its first five star luxury palace property, The Pratap Palace, A Keys Resort, Pushkar, Ajmer recently. ...read more>>
 
Sarovar Hotels, a hotel management company in India, has announced re-branding of Shraddha Inn as Shraddha Sarovar Portico, Shirdi. Sarovar re-took operations at this 75 room hotel on January 15, 2014. ...read more>>
 
Lake Como’s luxury resort CastaDiva Resort & Spa located on the east side of Lake Como, Italy is scheduled to hold an exclusive pop up gourmet experience for the India market with an aim to promote and position their presence in this region. ...read more>>
 
Krishna Prasad and Uma Chigurupati, owners of the 1,200 crore pharma company Granules India in Hyderabad, who set up ‘Krsma Estates’ in 2007, unveiled an internationally acclaimed and ...read more>>
 
Charosa Vineyards launched its exquisite range of wines at Pali Village Café, Bandra in Mumbai recently. Charosa Vineyards is the first Indian wine brand named after the Charosa village in Nashik, ...read more>>
 
Kwality Group has started aggressive revamping of their Bread & More outlets to bring it at par with international bread and patisserie brands. Launched in the year 2000, ...read more>>
 
In order to cater to the rising demand amongst customers for eco-friendly and sustainable products, Karma Marketing has introduced SJY Lighting Collection. ...read more>>
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