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 EDITORIAL
Need for a Balancing Act
Is it appropriate to mix social issues with business and industry? Is it right to blame a business or an industry or point fingers at them for some grave behavioural issues of a section of the society? It is high time we started debating this issue more seriously and find judicious answers acceptable to everyone. Otherwise, service industries like tourism, hotels, restaurants and pubs, etc. have to bear the brunt of myopic policies of the regulators. The recent ‘Abkari’ (excise) policy of the Kerala government is one such action, which drew flak from every quarter of the society. In the pretext of containing a social issue in the state, the government decided, even though halfheartedly, to ban bars below the 5-star classification.
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 DAY IN THE LIFE OF
Steve Borgia, CMD (Creator-Mentor-Developer), INDeco Leisure Hotels
For Steve Borgia hoteliering is a passion & part of his creative work. He considers tourism & hotels as best tools to empower rural folk, & conserve their heritage. An avid practitioner of eco-friendly & heritage tourism, Borgia left his high paying UN job to set up INDeco Leisure Hotels that is an epitome of eco-friendly hotels. Hospitality Biz met with Borgia - the creator, mentor & developer of eco-friendly hotels, to understand his motivation, philosophy & mission in life
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 EXPERT SPEAK
How Hospitality Industry is Leveraging the Big Data? - Srikant Sastri, Co-Founder, Crayon Data
Data has become an integral part of our society today. Widespread use of the Internet, social media, location-based services and multimedia are contributing to the ever-growing data explosion that is generating information about people, their preferences, likes and so much more. Such vast amounts of data have created new opportunities for industries to better understand their customers, and to provide personalized services based on their preferences.
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
Hotel & Restaurant Association of Eastern India (HRAEI) has decided to take up the issue of capital subsidy guaranteed under the North East Industrial & Investment Promotion Policy 2007 to hotel investors in the North Eastern States of India with the Central ...read more>>
 
Dr Lalit Panwar, Secretary-Tourism, Government of India said that the department will consider assimilating various skill development programmes of various departments of the government into the Tourism sector. ...read more>>
 
Speaking at the 11th Annual Chef Awards organized by Indian Culinary Forum (ICF) in Delhi, Amitabh Kant, Secretary – Industrial Policy & Promotions, Government of India said that while cooking is an “ultimate art of creativity” which is presented in an appealing fashion by dedicated Chefs, ...read more>>
 
The website of the Uttar Pradesh Travel Mart (www.ficci-uptm.com), a B2B event, was launched yesterday in New Delhi by Om Prakash Singh, Minister for Tourism, Government of Uttar Pradesh (UP). ...read more>>
 
India and Australia yesterday signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to enhance bilateral cooperation and strengthen relationships in areas of tourism and culture. ...read more>>
 
Swiss-Belhotel International has appointed Global Destinations as its Sales Representative for the Indian outbound market, as the hospitality management chain seeks to attract visitors from the subcontinent to its range of hotels and resorts. ...read more>>
 
As per a PTI report, the Chilika Lake in Odisha has been declared as 'Destination Flyway' by the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) because of its natural treasure and bio-diversity, officials said. ...read more>>
 
Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has given a go ahead to Lavasa Corporation, the realty arm of Hindustan Construction Corporation, to raise Rs 750 crore through an Initial Public Offer (IPO). ...read more>>
 
Indian Hotels Company Ltd. (IHCL) which owns the Taj Group of Hotels, has posted 4% growth in consolidated income as per the half yearly financial results announced by the company. ...read more>>
 
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announced their new ‘India Free Nights’ promotion for IHG Rewards Club members based in India, offering the opportunity to earn up to three free nights at any of IHG’s more than 4,700 hotels across the globe. ...read more>>
 
Häfele India has partnered with Caesarstone, a pioneer in the development of quartz surfaces and the world’s premium quartz manufacturer, to introduce super premium quartz surface in India market. ...read more>>
 
Yupaa Group of Companies, one of the leading importers of fresh fruits into India, and Belgische Fruitveiling (BFV), Belgium's largest cooperative for fruit growers, have come together to bring ‘Joly Red Apples’ and ...read more>>
 
Pernod Ricard India, one of the largest multinational beverage alcohol company, has launched the legendary single malt Whisky, Aberlour, in India market. The launch entails the introduction of the entire range - Aberlour 12 YO, 16YO and 18 YO, exclusively available ...read more>>
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