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Hotels slash room rates to increase occupancy
  Currently, in order to negate lower occupancy levels, hotels in India are resorting to heavy discounts whereby reduced room rates and various packages are offered to guests. Market slowdown more>>
HVS Executive Search releases HCE India 2008 salary survey
  HVS Executive Search, New Delhi has announced the release of the HCE Hospitality Compensation Exchange India Survey 2008. The survey, which is the first of its kind, aims to provide more>>
Hoteliers urge for relaxation in making Chandigarh smoke free
  Chandigarh's hoteliers have urged the Union Territory (UT), Chandigarh Administration for relaxation in its decision to make it a ‘Smoke Free City.’ They are likely to meet senior officials soon, as more>>
Metropolis Hotels bags bid for Navi Mumbai five star hotel
  Pune-based Metropolis Hotels has bagged the bid for a five star hotel in Navi Mumbai. Recently, City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) had floated the tenders for the sale of more>>
ITDC to complete up gradation of hotels by 2010
  The renovation and up gradation work underway in India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) owned hotels would be completed by 2010. The key focus would be three properties of the more>>
Ambuja Realty plans three luxury hotels in West Bengal
  Real estate developer, Ambuja Realty Development Ltd plans to launch three luxury hotels in northern West Bengal. The properties will be financed through debt and equity. Construction on more>>
IHCL forays into China with two properties
  With a view to expand its presence in the Asian hospitality market, Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has made its foray into China. It recently announced a tie-up with Cuiting Hotspring more>>
Yatra Capital invests in upcoming Taj Gateway property in Kolkata
  According to VC Circle, Yatra Capital Ltd has bought a 40 per cent stake in a 200 room business hotel in Kolkata. The company will collaborate with Jalan Intercontinental Hotels Pvt Ltd more>>
Oriental Cuisines expands pan India
  Oriental Cuisines Pvt Ltd (OCPL), a Chennai based company, plans a pan India expansion of its restaurants portfolio. The company is looking at a systematic expansion strategy, which is divided more>>
Ministry of Tourism inaugurates Rajhans Convention Centre in Haryana

Rajhans Convention Centre, constructed by Ministry of Tourism (MoT) and Haryana state government in Surajkund, Faridabad was inaugurated by Kiran Choudhry, Minister of State for more>>

Vedic Village looks for additional marketing tie ups

After a tie-up with USA’s Luxe Hotels Worldwide; Vedic Resorts and Hotels, Kolkata’s only spa resort, seeks additional marketing collaborations with leading global hotel chains more>>

Commando Caterers to launch ‘The Sky Party’ concept in Chandigarh

Chandigarh-based Commando Caterers Private Limited (CCPL), a leading caterer in northern region, will introduce ‘The Sky Party’ concept to host dinners, events and ceremonies in Chandigarh more>>

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces introduces Telepresence services

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has introduced a life-like, high definition video-conferencing facility, in collaboration with Tata Communications Ltd. ‘Cisco TelePresence’ rooms will be available at more>>

Beam Global Spirits & Wine launches its website

Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc, a global leader in premium spirits, is taking its drink smart® website global with the launch more>>


The right exit
Making changes in retention methods is a must to maintain employees. An exit interview is a quick fix solution, which enables one to identify the employees’ problems and try to retain those who still work with them. more>>

Managing and maintaining guest history

An efficient front office team understands that guests expect good service by default. However, effective service lies in striking a balance between being inquisitive and nosy more>>

Valet Parking: Providing security & relief
Rashmi Pradhan takes a look at the procedures followed by hotels for valet parking more>>
Perform or perish Performance matters. The way you perform at your work place will determine how long you continue to be employed there. Results are everything in the world of work. Your ability to achieve results is the single most important determinant of how valuable you are. You should always question your place on the payroll. more>>
‘The lame duck’ and the horse
Industry pundits had voiced views that the unrealistic room rates will reach realistic levels with the increasing inventory, but the present economy is bringing the rates to a normal level more>>
Rigours of the restaurant reporter
Marcellus Baptista gets a peek into an F&B reporter’s travails more>>

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