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Maharashtra government to assess HRAWI proposal for FSI increase in Mumbai
  The Maharashtra government is in the process of assessing a proposal made by the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI), with respect to increasing floor space index (FSI) in Mumbai. HRAWI’s proposal requests an FSI of five to accelerate hospitality development in the more>>
Government plans to introduce new sop scheme to attract foreign tourists to India
  With a dip in the foreign tourists’ arrivals, the government along with the tourism industry will introduce a scheme where sops offered will be proportionate to the distance of the traveller’s point of departure from India. more>>
Hotels take measures to beef up security
  With the Mumbai terrorist attacks sending a strong signal to the hospitality industry to strengthen the security system in the hotels, the managements have already taken key steps for the more>>

Taj to set up makeshift kitchens in Tower wing
  According to a report in the Financial Chronicle, even as Indian Hotel Company (IHCL) is working round-the-clock to reopen the ‘Tower’ wing of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in Mumbai on December 21, the company is planning to set up makeshift kitchens more>>
Himachal Pradesh to exempt homestay units from Luxury Tax
  According to an IANS report, the state government of Himachal Pradesh (HP) has introduced a bill to exempt homestay units from Luxury Tax for five years. Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal introduced the bill, Himachal Pradesh Tax on Luxuries more>>
NTAC recommends various initiatives to boost tourism
  National Tourism Advisory Council (NTAC), which met in New Delhi recently, proposed various initiatives to revitalise and reenergise the travel and tourism sector in India. NTAC members and invitees at the meeting comprised travel trade association representatives; more>>
MoT assures action on rationalisation of taxes at NTAC
  The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) will try to evolve a consensus among different states to bring in parity on tax front related to tourism and hospitality in India. It has agreed to take up this matter with the states, more>>
Tourism in Agra hit badly after terror attacks in Mumbai
  According to an IANS report, Agra's tourism industry has been severely hit by the terror strikes in Mumbai that targeted two luxury hotels and other parts of the city. A large number of foreign tourists have cancelled more>>
Kerala tourism department forms working group for crisis management
  The Department of Tourism (DoT), Government of Kerala recently formed a working group along with the tourism industry for crisis management. This group has been formed immediately after the recent more>>

Bengaluru hotel sector plans quiet New Years celebrations
  According to an ET report, Bengaluru hotels are contemplating low key celebrations and small parties to usher in the New Year. In the wake of Mumbai’s terror attacks and the global more>>
NCHMCT to enhance the pay of certified hospitality trainers
  National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) will enhance the monthly salary of certified hospitality trainers from present Rs 12,000 to Rs 18, more>>

K Raheja Corp is master franchisee for Four Points By Sheraton in India
  According to a Starwood source, Starwood Hotels & Resort (SHR) has entered into a master franchisee agreement with K Raheja Corp for SHR’s brand, Four Points By Sheraton, in India. more>>


Plug internal security loopholes
The message from Mumbai is loud and clear. Hotels need to beef up their internal security like never before, and the industry needs to invest much more into it. HospitalityBiz reports more>>
Brand names: The value of association of ideas
With increasing competition in the hotel industry, there is a need to differentiate one product from another. Chender Baljee, Chairman, Royal Orchid Hotels Limited explains the value of creating and maintaining a brand more>>
Perform or perish
Iyer Subramanian explains how the way you perform at your work place will determine how long you continue to be employed there more>>
Alighting from a train of negative thoughts
Michele Wahlder, a two-time cancer survivor and Texas-based Certified Life Coach and Psychotherapist provides insights into eliminating negative thinking more>>
Toast raising: Imbibing to the health of others
Raising a toast to someone has become quite a common practice in India. Arvind Kumar Saraswati, Lecturer, Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BCIHMCT), New Delhi explains the reasons behind the practice, and the correct method of raising a toast more>>

Airline catering: Winning passenger loyalty
The flight experience for an airline passenger transcends beyond push-back seats and the sophisticated service offered by the business class, as HospitalityBiz finds out. more>>
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