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 EDITORIAL
Time to Walk the Talk!
The new government has completed one month in office. The first 30 days were more or less eventless. The only controversial decision that came from the new government was to jack up rail passenger fares ahead of the budget. Although there were reports that the Prime Minister had tasked each Minister to prepare a 100-day agenda for their department, it seems most of them are still on their ‘honeymoon’ period. Meanwhile, the first Union Budget of the Modi government is closely watched by the corporate world. The deliberations and consultations have begun in right earnest from day one. Industry associations have already made their presentations supported by long list of SOPs they expect from the new government.
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 INTERVIEW
‘We are looking to grow our presence by nearly 300% in India in the next 3-4 years’ - Pascal Gauvin, CEO India, Middle East & Africa, IHG
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) was the first international hotel chain to set foot in Indian hospitality scene that too almost five decades back. The hotel group in recent years has increased their investments in the Indian market especially to grow their mid-scale brands like Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express through strategic tie-ups. Pascal Gauvin, CEO India, Middle East & Africa, IHG shares with Hospitality Biz the group’s vision for Indian market.
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 COVER STORY

The power of cloud computing
Every year, clever technological concepts enter into the market to tackle issues, solve problems, ease operations and keep the industry vibrant. Out of all the new trends in the hospitality industry, ‘Cloud’ has been one of the most talked about, discussed, debated and adopted. Hospitality Biz unravels the benefits of the Cloud-platform
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 EVENT FOCUS

Goa Food and Hospitality Awards honour the stalwarts of the Goan industry
With over 100 nominations received across 15 categories, the first edition of the Goa Food & Hospitality Awards, which was presented by Goa Tourism to honour the best in the trade, was a huge success. Hospitality Biz presents a round-up of the glittering awards ceremony, which worked as a morale booster for the Goa hospitality industry
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
River cruises, floating hotels, moving sound and light show and applications (apps) to provide information on religious ceremonies are part of the proposal by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India to rejuvenate the Ganga River. ...read more>>
 
The Karnataka Tourism Forum (KTF) will organise the first edition of the Karnataka International Travel Expo (KITE) in Bengaluru in June 2015. It will be a by-invitation-only event, and the attendees can choose one-on-one appointments from a select community ...read more>>
 
The Central government has set up a committee for the better use of Mumbai Port Trust (MPT) land, as per The Hindu report. The committee under Rani Jadhav, former Chairperson of MPT, ...read more>>
 
India’s vibrant Tourism industry has the potential to grow four-fold to Rs 25 lakh crore by 2022 stated a release from The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). ...read more>>
 
The Centre yesterday announced a liberal visa policy for the citizens of Afghanistan, which includes allowing stay up to two years and exemption from police reporting for senior citizens and children. ...read more>>
 
India has relaxed visa rules for a category of Bangladeshi nationals planning to cross into its borders. Children below the age of 13 years and citizens above the age of 65 years will be given multiple-entry tourist visas for five years on their arrival in India. ...read more>>
 
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has decided to put the coastal town of Nalasopara on the global map. Nalasopara would soon become the centre of Maharashtra Tourism’s ‘Buddhist Circuit’, after the corporation decided to ...read more>>
 
The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) culminated its latest edition of the American Whiskey tasting session on June 30, 2014. The American Whiskey Trail was conducted by in Kolkata, New Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru and Mumbai by Shatbhi Basu, ...read more>>
 
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management has launched a double-degree hospitality program with Kendall College in order to prepare students for careers in hospitality management and culinary positions. ...read more>>
 
Preferred Hotel Group, a global provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to independent luxury hotels, held its first-ever e-Distribution and Revenue Management Workshop in New Delhi, India from June 11-13, 2014. ...read more>>
 
Bacardi, with the introduction of Aam Panna and Nimbu Paani flavours, plans to accelerate growth of its ready-to-drink (RTD) brand Breezer stated a report by Anshul Dhamija in The Times of India. ...read more>>
 
After Mumbai and Goa, Mir Spirits has launched its two Vodka brands – Russian Spirit and Kruto in Pune. The company has strategically introduced Russian Spirit in the Super Premium category and ...read more>>
 
Ginger, a unit of Tata group-controlled Indian Hotels Co. Ltd, is looking to add 30-35 small family-run hotels to its network via franchise agreements or management contracts, as it seeks to accelerate its expansion in key markets such as Mumbai and Delhi while ...read more>>
 
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, announced that its Westin brand has reached the 200th hotel milestone with the opening of The Westin Chongqing Liberation Square in China. ...read more>>
 
RezNext, the world’s only true real-time distribution company has partnered with Internet Moguls, Asia’s premier hotel digital marketing company to offer hoteliers in India, Middle East and Africa a comprehensive digital hospitality solution. ...read more>>
 
Anant Raj Group plans to exit its hospitality business to pare debt; it will now solely focus on its core real estate projects. The developer is also selling a two-acre property in the Lutyens’ area in Delhi at an approximate value of Rs 500 crore, said a report in LiveMint. ...read more>>
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