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HIFI 2014: Calls investors to slog today for better tomorrow
The over-riding sentiment at the recently concluded Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) 2014 was of cautious optimism. With no major economic revival in sight for at least the first six months of the year, the deliberations veered around tackling the current crisis that the industry is in rather than setting goals for future. Hospitality Biz reports on the two-day conference held on January 14 and 15 at The Leela Ambience Gurgaon Hotel & Residences in Delhi (NCR) more>>
‘We have been forerunners in academics, now we will focus on industry’ - Robert L Steele, President & COO, AHLEI
Established in 1953, Educational Institute (EI), also known as American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLEI), provides hospitality education, training and professional certification that serves the needs of hospitality professionals worldwide. Robert L Steele, President & COO, AHLEI in a tête-à-tête with Hospitality Biz reveals details on the plans of AHLEI in India more >>
Arun K Nanda, Chairman, Mahindra Holidays
Arun Nanda is a person whose outstanding career achievements have been recognised with several awards, including Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur from President Sarkozy and 2010 Golden Star Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Hospitality Industry. He was also bestowed with Aatithya Ratna Award at HIFI 2014 recently. Hospitality Biz goes behind the scenes to unveil details about the man who transformed from being an accountant to one of India’s biggest business tycoons more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
In a landmark development that would give a major fillip to inbound tourism in India, Government of India has in principle decided to introduce Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to citizens of almost 180 countries of the world. The countries still out of the ambit more>>
In a media statement issued by Accor, Jean-Michel Casse, Senior Vice President Operations, India, denied any plans of the hotel group to sell stake in Sofitel Mumbai BKC as reported by some media channels earlier. more>>
Sofitel Luxury Hotels announced its move to a new geography-based organisation, based on five key regions worldwide yesterday. Inside this new organisation, Sofitel, part of Accor Group and formerly a standalone brand, is now part of a newly created luxury and upscale more>>
In one of the major acquisitions in the travel tourism business, Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd., a mini-ratna public sector undertaking with diversified business portfolios, has bought over country’s leading outbound travel company, Vacations Exotica. With this take over, more>>
Zinc | InVision Hospitality, a hotel company promoted by Cinnovation | CG, a business conglomerate with diversified interests in Banking, Insurance, Energy, Food, Education, etc., has plans to expand their hospitality footprint in India. The company would explore more>>
Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers added a new dimension to its offering with the launch of exclusive residential facility titled ‘The Towers’. “This strategic extension cements the Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers positioning as a leading five-star hotel in the city,” said R more>>
Thomas Cook India and Sterling Holiday Resorts (India), a vacation-ownership major announced a part-cash part-equity merger deal to create India's largest holiday company recently, according to a report in Economic Times. more>>
In order to promote international cuisines in India and get globally renowned chefs to give Indians a taste of the world, Cellar Door Hospitality, a culinary consulting firm based in Mumbai with interests in culinary events, restaurant consulting, research, talent more>>
Wipro Lighting & Furniture Business launched Interstuhl range of chairs, Toronto based designers’ exclusive public area seating range ‘Pause’ & LED Lighting range designed for commercial and residential buildings at the Light & Furniture Show more>>
Philips Lighting India announced its plans to address the professional lighting markets in Uttar Pradesh and adjoining markets recently. The company will strengthen its reach among the government, architects and lighting professionals in northern India. As part of more>>
According to several reports a woman and her teenage daughter suffered injuries at a game-ride in Adlabs Imagica theme park near Mumbai yesterday. Purnima Rathi (32) and her daughter Mamta (14) were being treated for minor injuries at a hospital in nearby more>>
Kurlon has launched its latest product titled Panacea recently. The company states that the newly launched mattress is a blend of luxury, tradition and passion dedicated to all people who are in search of ultimate comfort. more>>
RezNext and IDS NEXT announce a series of hospitality industry empowerment summits titled ‘Transform Guest Experience & Improve Revenues’. The summits will address issues related to distribution, online reputation management, revenue management, more>>
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