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 COVER STORY

LED: the silver lining in lighting solutions
Energy efficient lighting has become increasingly popular in hotels in the past few years. One of the major contributors for this growing trend is LEDs (light-emitting diode) which are gradually replacing halogen and CFL in ambient lighting solutions. Taking a cue from the ongoing trends, Hospitality Biz highlights this steady shift in focus from conventional lighting to contemporary energy efficient lighting solutions with industry experts
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 INTERVIEW
‘We have grown from nil to 19 hotels in last four years’ - Param Kannampilly, Chairman & Managing Director, Concept Hospitality
As a domestic hotel company, Concept Hospitality has been able to carve its niche in the Indian hospitality landscape with The Fern brand over the last five years. The hotel company recently relaunched its smart budget brand, Beacon, to enhance its portfolio. Param Kannampilly, Chairman & Managing Director, Concept Hospitality, shared the success of Concept Hospitality and The Fern brand so far and the mission ahead in an interview with Hospitality Biz’ Leaders Forum…
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Required a ‘Make in India’ World-class Convention Centre in New Delhi - Anil Bhandari, Chairman, AB Smart Concepts
India’s mission to Mars is a trendsetter in many ways. We are crossing frontiers of space exploration but have yet to find space in the capital of India for a superb Convention Centre or Conference Hall large enough to accommodate more than 2,000 pax. This fact was brought to the fore when the Prime Minister launched his ‘Make in India’ campaign in New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhavan and noticed that many ‘makers’ of Indian industry were left standing due to shortage of chairs. Anil Bhandari, Chairman AB Smart Concepts, raises the issue of creating world class Convention Centres, a crucial segment of MICE Tourism
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Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s luxury hospitality brand, is hopeful of adding three more hotels to their fold in India over the next couple of years. ...read more>>
 
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has effected strategic changes to its regional leadership team in the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region. ...read more>>
 
StayWell Hospitality, an independently owned hotel management group in the Asia Pacific region, has set a target of signing 30 management contracts in India by 2017 and operate 20 hotels by the end of the same year. ...read more>>
 
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Third year in a row, Rajasthan topped the 2014 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Heritage Hotels by leading travel review site, TripAdvisor. The list recognises top 25 heritage properties in India, ...read more>>
 
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and SAMHI announced the opening of Hyatt Place Gurgaon/Udyogvihar in Delhi NCR. This is the first Hyatt Place hotel in the gateway city of Delhi and the second in India, ...read more>>
 
Rotana, the leading hotel management company in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, stakes its claim on the African hospitality market, with the announcement of its debut project in the commercial capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam. ...read more>>
 
Luxury Hotels Group, UK-based hotel representation company with collection of the finest hotels in some of the world's most popular destinations, launched a bespoke concierge and events service, ...read more>>
 
Park Hotel Group (PHG), one of Asia Pacific’s leading hospitality groups, has strengthened their presence in Southeast Asia with the signing of two new management contracts in Thailand and Indonesia. ...read more>>
 
Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) operated mobile kitchens in three Rajdhani trains have received highest food safety certification, FSMS ISO 22000:2005. ...read more>>
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