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Owner-Manager relationship: Are Indian owners becoming assertive?
Management agreements were originally born of a desire to allow financial or passive owners to participate in the ownership of hotel real estate while contracting with brand managers to operate the hotel on the owners’ behalf. There is no way management companies today can take the owners for granted. Hospitality Biz interacts with industry experts and finds out more more>>

HDS 2014: Calls for uniform approach between States and Centre to take growth forward
Hospitality Development Summit 2014 in its second year drew stalwarts from the industry to analyse and deliberate on the challenges faced by hospitality industry in India and the roadblocks on the way to its growth. Hospitality Biz summarises the summit and its highlights more>>

SICA Culinary Competition and Exhibition 2014 honours young chefs
Three-day event witnesses participation of 465 chefs across various categories more>>
‘We want to strengthen our position in the South with Marigold and Avasa Hotels’ - Mohan Krishna K, VP – Operations, GreenPark Hotels & Resorts
GreenPark Hotels & Resorts, a growing domestic hotel chain in South India, had introduced two upscale brands - Marigold and AVASA – to take their growth forward through the management route. Mohan Krishna K, Vice President – Operations, GreenPark Hotels & Resorts in an interview to Hospitality Biz shares the group’s future plans more>>
This Week's Top Headlines
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) will appoint PR agencies and representative offices in foreign markets soon. This was informed by Usha Sharma, IAS, Additional Director General- Tourism, Government of India, while participating in deliberations at the ongoing IATO Convention in New Delhi. more>>
The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) along with its western region counterpart, Hotel and Restaurant Association Western India (HRAWI) inaugurated their first Food Testing Laboratory at Vadodara, Gujarat, today. more>>
HVS India’s Hotel Industry Report for 2013-14 - Hotels in India: Trends & Opportunities – has predicted an early revival for the hotel industry after three consecutive years of reversals. The report indicates that the business climate in the country is poised for more>>
For many, Varanasi is about salvation — its ghats, temples and narrow, dingy bylanes give the spiritually oriented a mystical high. These days, however, India's oldest town is on a high itself as it turns into a real estate hotspot, buoyed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's more>>
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc announced the debut of SPG Pro, an all-new, comprehensive loyalty programme for the meeting and travel professionals. The programme is an extension of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programme more>>
Chhattisgarh Tourism is focusing on offering a Bed & Breakfast and Homestay Establishment Scheme, whereby tourists can stay with the local tribal families and experience Chhattisgarhi cuisine, lifestyle and culture. The programme is envisioned to more>>
Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) announced that it has pulled out from managing Taj Palace Marrakech in Morocco, without citing specific reasons, as per a statement released by the company. more>>
The European Union (EU) announced the launch of its ‘Restaurant Week’ commencing September 6, 2014. This is a part of its larger campaign ‘Tastes of Europe.’ To popularise European cuisine, the EU will encourage consumers to sample an offering of its produce, more>>
The Uttar Pradesh (UP) government will soon formalise a Tourism Policy in consultation with private stakeholders of the industry. The state government has already made the draft policy and circulated it for industry inputs, informed Avinash Mishra, Deputy Director - Travel Trade, UP Tourism. more>>
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced a new partnership with global wine company, Treasury Wine Estates, to offer a premium selection of wine from award-winning Australian marque Penfolds at more than 65 InterContinental hotels and resorts across Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA). more>>
Windows 8.1 tablets are creeping into hospitality and travel businesses, but their success is predicated on IT solving some of the challenges found in nontraditional offices. During the past year, hotels and travel companies have increased their use of Windows 8.1 more>>
TripAdvisor announced the results of a new study which reveals the key factors that drive engagement1 from travellers researching places to stay on the website’s property pages. The study analysed data such as the number of reviews, management responses, photo more>>
The European Union (EU) launches its ‘Tastes of Europe’ campaign, a three-week long-initiative, with a host of events - the ‘Restaurant Week Festival’, ‘Retail Tasting Week,’ and industry seminars and Workshops, all, aimed at promoting Europe’s rich Culinary more>>
Scotch whisky distiller William Grant & Sons raised operating profits by in excess of 10 per cent in 2013, more than offsetting falls in the preceding two years, its latest figures have shown. The family-owned company, publishing its 2013 results yesterday, declared that its more>>
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