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 EDITORIAL
Make in India!
India was at the summit of the world last week when our own indigenously developed Mars Orbiter Mission, MOM in short, entered the orbit of Mars successfully at the very first attempt. There was great jubilation when MOM actually reached its destination after completing all the stages of propulsion spanning over ten months. The mission showed the world once again India’s scientific capabilities, high quality human resource, superior indigenous technology, etc. But unfortunately, what’s intriguing is that why we are not able to become self-reliant in many other aspects, which are pretty silly compared to these big budget innovations and expeditions.
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 COVER STORY

Keeping up with ‘in-room entertainment’
With technology moving at a faster pace, hoteliers face a challenge to keep up with the expectations of tech savvy guests. Providing guests with quality in-room entertainment has become increasingly important. Hospitality Biz takes a look at how hoteliers keep up with technology, strengthen their service and increase revenues
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Your guide to choosing the perfect web design Agency - Avijit Arya, President and CEO, Internet Moguls
220 weeks later Iím reminded that I must share how and why I formed Internet Moguls. This was back in 2005 when at various travel and hotel conventions we found agents and hoteliers complaining of no single agency in India catering to the specific needs of the hospitality industry.
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will relocate their global headquarters from the United States to India for a month in March 2015 as part of their market immersion programme. ...read more>>
 
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., the world’s largest publicly traded hotel operator, agreed to sell the landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan to China’s Anbang Insurance Group Co. for USD 1.95 billion, said a report in Bloomberg Businessweek. ...read more>>
 
According to a PTI report, Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture, Government of India, has said that the Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) facility, which is being mulled for a large number of countries, might become redundant ...read more>>
 
Hotel & Restaurant Association of Eastern India (HRAEI) Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Kolkata last week has elected a new set of leadership for the region for the next one year. ...read more>>
 
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) have launched a bespoke training programme for the food and beverage (F&B) teams in its hotels across the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) and Greater China regions. ...read more>>
 
The Spa Group, an Indian company which is into luxury retail, health & wellness, entertainment and education, which has established their first ‘Ishana’ branded store in the duty free area of Delhi International Airport in 2011, has plans to take the brand into ...read more>>
 
Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh invited private investment in the hospitality industry, which is contributing 9.75 percent to the state gross domestic product, said a report in Hindustan Times. ...read more>>
 
Delhi-based Alchemy Web Pvt Ltd, which operates an online platform that helps restaurants to run their day-to-day operations, including ordering, online presence management and customer relationship management (CRM) under the brand LimeTray ...read more>>
 
Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh (HP) conferred Punjab Tourism with ‘Best Rural Tourism Initiative Award’ for Farm Tourism at International Tourism Conclave & Travel Awards (ITCTA) held in Shimla on World Tourism Day. ...read more>>
 
Hyatt Regency Gurgaon today announced the launch of its multi-cuisine restaurant, Kitchen District. The restaurant has five standalone kitchens designed to offer very distinctive cuisines while coexisting in perfect harmony to offer a singular culinary district. ...read more>>
 
Mumbai’s Gaylord, a North Indian, Mughlai & Continental cuisine restaurant invited young locals to taste their new menu for the Oktoberfest this month. ...read more>>
 
According to a study by travel site TripAdvisor, Singapore, Ukraine and China lead the list of fastest growing markets, travellers from which are showing a year-on-year increase in interest in Indian properties. ...read more>>
 
To commemorate World Tourism Day, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., has announced the launch of the Thomas Cook Travel Quest, India’s first national travel quiz for school student. ...read more>>
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