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 COVER STORY

Make up of a MICE Hotel
While MICE is a growing market segment and every hotel is up to grab the fair share of the pie, Hospitality Biz tries to understand the key design and service elements of an ideal MICE hotel
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Another Reason: THE ASHOK - Profit Plus - Hugh & Colleen Gantzer
The Prime Minister had a problem
As India’s first elected head of government he had to steer his ancient, but newly independent, country through the floating debris of the post-World War years. The smug colonial era had fractured. Socialism was the grand new vision but the people of India had given themselves a Sovereign Democracy. He realised that our rich cultural heritage could serve as a beacon to the war-ravaged people of the west, groping for meaning. The best way to do so would be to bring the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to India. A UNESCO meeting in Delhi would turn the world’s spotlight on our great strengths and most urgent needs. But to attract these international delegates he had to offer them the sort of facilities that they were used to.
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 INTERVIEW
‘We aim to increase our services to 250 railway stations this financial year’ - Pushpinder Singh, Co-Founder & CEO, TravelKhana.com
Travelkhana.com, an automated platform for food delivery for train travellers in India, today covers over 150 locations and delivers over 2,000 meals a day. The company has plans to reach out to 250 railway stations by this year end with their online food delivery system. Pushpinder Singh, Co-Founder & CEO, TravelKhana.com, explains the concept and the business model that has changed food related concerns of train travellers
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
Taking their India expansion forward, Wyndham Hotel Group has signed up for ten more hotel projects in India. These tie ups have been made for popular brands like Ramada Encore, Howard Johnson, Days Inn, and Planet Hollywood, etc. ...read more>>
 
US-based hospitality major, Wyndham Hotel Group announced the entry of their brand Planet Hollywood in Goa’s hotel landscape. Planet Hollywood will be developed by JMJ Group and is expected to be operational by the end of this year. ...read more>>
 
Lemon Tree Hotel Group, country’s leading mid-market hotel chain, has entered into a strategic tie up with real estate company, Assotech Realty, to manage and operate Assotech’s upcoming Serviced Residences - Sandal Suites Serviced Residences - project in Assotech Business Crestera (ABC) in Sector135 Noida in Delhi NCR. ...read more>>
 
As per a PIB release, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Arvind Mayaram, (IAS) Finance Secretary and Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs as Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism (MoT). ...read more>>
 
According to a report in The Indian Express, the Gujarat government last month appointed Sonal Mishra as Secretary for Tourism, Devasthan Management & Pilgrimage, replacing Vipul Mittra. ...read more>>
 
According to a report in DNA, with the government notifying the decision to grant life-long visa to Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Prime Minister Narendra Modi has highlighted the swift action taken on his promise made in the US and ...read more>>
 
HolidayIQ has tied up with JetPrivilege, the frequent flyer and loyalty and rewards programme from Jet Airways (India) Ltd., as Lifestyle Partner. ...read more>>
 
United Mercantile, the development partner for Wyndham Hotel Group for their Howard Johnson (HoJo) brand in India would be investing Rs 1,800 cr for developing 20 hotels in India over the next five years. ...read more>>
 
ViceroyHotels Ltd rose as much as 9.4 per cent in trade after media reports suggested that the Hyderabad based hotel is looking to sell its entire 40 per cent stake in the upcoming Renaissance Hotel in Bangalore for around Rs 100 crore as it struggles to fund ...read more>>
 
Goa witnessed a record high of tourist arrivals during the months of June, July and August this year. The State recorded 18% increase in tourists for the three months against tourist arrivals during the same period in 2013. ...read more>>
 
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, announced its annual Travellers’ Choice awards for restaurants across the globe. In total, 353 fine dining restaurant winners were identified, including the top 25 in the world and ...read more>>
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