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 EDITORIAL
Regaining Pricing Power
With the economic scenario in the country looking up and encouraging signals from policy makers from both Union and state level, the tourism industry in general and hotel industry in particular is hoping to reap the benefits in the months to come. And while ease of visa through ETA is expected to bring more foreign tourists to the country, the high profile ‘Make in India’, and ‘Smart city’ programmes of the government are bound to provide an impetus to business travel to the country, and the resulting new opportunities for the hospitality sector.
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 INTERVIEW
‘SAMHI is well positioned as a dominant institutional hotel ownership platform’ - Vinay Gupta, Vice- President, SAMHI
Set up in 2011 to develop and invest in international hotels in the value-for-money segment across the subcontinent, SAMHI is a fast growing Indian ownership & asset management-focused hotel company. Its vision got an endorsement when IFC, a World Bank Group company, recently decided to invest USD 21 mn in it. Vinay Gupta, VP, SAMHI, in an interaction with Hospitality Biz highlights its expansion plans and outlook for the local hospitality sector
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 EXPERT SPEAK
MAKE IN INDIA - Vikram Achanta, Co-founder & CEO, Tulleeho
Few months ago, I hosted a panel discussion at the Food and Grocery Forum. The subject was factors constraining the increased presence of Indian wine on the wine lists of top drawer hotels and restaurants. I had with me an esteemed set of panelists, representing the wine and hospitality industries. From the wine industry, we had Cecilia Oldne, the Global Brand Ambassador/Head - International Business, Sula Wines and from the hospitality industry we had Sonal Holland, who is Corporate Head, Wine and Beverages for ITC Hotels, Gauri Devidayal who runs The Table, a fine dining restaurant in Mumbai and Chef Sabyasachi Gorai, owner of Fabrica, a food consulting venture.

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This Week's Top Headlines
 
Inaugurating the fortnight-long Surajkund Crafts Mela at Surajkund on Delhi – Haryana border, Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister, Haryana, said that the state government would develop a new tourism circuit connecting heritage sites in Karnal – Narnaul – ...read more>>
 
Laying the foundation stone for the first regional centre of Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) in Noida, Delhi- NCR, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation said that the institute will admit students from ...read more>>
 
Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel management company in the country, launched their Hindi website, and the Sarovar Group has become the first hotel company in India to launch a fully developed Hindi hotel website. ...read more>>
 
Thailand-based Onyx Hospitality Group, which owns and manages hotels under popular brands like Amari, Ozo, Shama and Mosetc., is hopeful of establishing its brand presence in India soon. ...read more>>
 
Wyndham Hotel Group, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide, announced that it has acquired Dolce Hotels and Resorts, a leading provider and manager of group accommodations with a portfolio of 24 properties and over 5,500 guest rooms across ...read more>>
 
Langham Hospitality Group is introducing a new upscale global hotel brand - Cordis Hotels and Resorts, according to a report in www.rustourismnews.com, and it would be a new generation of curated hotels devoted to guests’ needs and well-being, ...read more>>
 
Niraamaya Retreats, a Jupiter Capital Venture, recently announced a strategic alliance between its retreat in Kovalam, the Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra and Relais & Châteaux, according to a press release. The formal induction of Niraamaya Retreats ...read more>>
 
Carnation Hotels, the hotel management joint venture partner of Lemon Tree Hotels, has signed a management contract with a group company of Parikh Inn Pvt Ltd, for a mid-scale hotel in Vadodara. Branded as Lemon Tree Hotel, Vadodara, this new hotel is located ...read more>>
 
RezNext Global Solutions, a leading player in real-time enterprise distribution technology, has launched a functionality that enables hoteliers to adopt a dynamic distribution strategy powered with revenue intelligence, according to a press release. And hoteliers would now ...read more>>
 
Infosys announced a research agreement with Cornell University’s school of hotel administration, and as part of this one-year partnership the IT giant will join the advisory board of the latter, according to a press release. And with its domain knowledge along with ...read more>>
 
Mobikon, a leading provider of web and mobile customer engagement solution for the restaurant industry and in store reviews, has released a new automated marketing platform, mReach, which provides the company’s software subscribers with fully ...read more>>
 
Gujarat-based real estate company Maurya Realcon will venture into hotel development with properties in the pipeline in Gujarat and Rajasthan. According to Jimmy Patel, Chairman, Maurya Realcon, the first two hotels will be set up in Gujarat over the next two to ...read more>>
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