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MoT proposes 19 new IHMs and 25 FCIs
  Ambika Soni, Minister of Tourism and Culture has said that the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has proposed to set up 19 new hotel management institutes (IHMs) and 25 food craft institutes (FCI) during the 11th Plan. Site identification is the state government/UTs’ more>>
HIFI to take place in Mumbai from January 13 - 15, 2009
  The Horwath HTL (Hotel Tourism and Leisure) and Burba Hotel Network-hosted Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) 2009 will be held from 13-15 January 2009 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Centre in Mumbai. The three day event will see the participation of more>>
MoUD launches online booking facility for holiday homes
  Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has launched an online facility for booking accommodation in department-owned holiday homes/Touring Officers’hostels for the Central Government employees. The department currently owns 10 holiday homes and more>>

Eyes on Watch forays in India with surveillance solutions
  Eyes on Watch (EoW), the Surveillance Management Solutions provider has planned its foray into the Indian hospitality industry. The company has currently presented its bid to Le Royal Meridien, Chennai and will soon initiate discussions with other properties more>>
Punjab's hoteliers hold protest against State Government decision
  The hoteliers of the state of Punjab held rallies and raised slogans to protest against the State Government's decision to impose luxury tax on room tariff and banquet halls on Dec 23, more>>
Chandigarh Administration to promote city as Destination Tourism site
  The Chandigarh Administration has decided to promote the city as a Destination Tourism site rather than a Transit Tourism spot. The decision was taken at the Tourism Advisory Committee meeting held in Chandigarh under the chairmanship of Ram Niwas, Union Territory, Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Tourism, more>>
Haryana Excise department to consider HRAH demands
  The Haryana Government will consider the demands of the hotel and bar owners in the state while formulating the new Excise Policy for 2009. AK Singh, Excise and Taxation Commissioner of Haryana, assured the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Haryana (HRAH) more>>
Haryana Tourism to launch Bed and Breakfast scheme in NCR
  Keeping in mind the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2010, Haryana Tourism plans to launch a Bed and Breakfast scheme in the National Capital Region (NCR) on the lines of Delhi. The State Government is in the process of preparing the Enabling Act, which is already more>>
Mumbai attacks dampen liquor companies' sales in Mumbai
  While the terrorist attacks in Mumbai have had an adverse effect on the hospitality industry of Mumbai with most hotels downplaying their new year celebrations, this phenomenon has had a domino effect on the liquor sales of the more>>

MoT sanctions Rs 12 Crore to set up IHM at Rohtak
  The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India recently sanctioned an amount of Rs 12 Crore for setting up a new Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) at Rohtak in Haryana. The State Government has provided a stretch of land of about five acres at the Tilyar Lake Tourist Complex, more>>
MoT plans to declare 2009 as ‘Visit India Year’
  The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) recently chalked out a plan which aims to promote ‘Destination India’ in a more aggressive way. According to sources, MoT has almost doubled the financial assistance for promotional activities undertaken by travel agents, tour operators and hoteliers, as it plans to declare 2009 as the ‘Visit India Year.’ more>>

FSSAI will appoint agencies to campaign for its food safety and quality mission
  In order to promote general awareness about food safety and standards, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will engage reputed service providers to campaign for its Food Safety and Quality Standards and Regulatory more>>


State tourism boards and the hotel industry
Today, state tourism boards actively focus on the hotel industry while promoting a certain destination or region. Both work in tandem to ensure that the guests have adequate accommodation options, and are comfortable during their stay, finds Hospitality Biz more>>
SpaFinder Issues 6th Annual Full Trends Report: ‘Top 10 Spa Trends to Watch in 2009’
President Susie Ellis Predicts Worlds Of Spa and Medicine Will Further Blend As Consumers Become More Health And Price Conscious, While New Generational Trends Take Hold more>>
Hospitality districts at the airport: A new trend in India
Metropolitan development authorities are focused on creating international quality hospitality districts within airports, says Deepak Mowar, Vice President - Hotels, Parsvnath Developers more>>
Disaster Management Plan for the Hospitality Industry
In the aftermath of the carnage in Mumbai, there are critical lessons to be learnt. This article advocates for a disaster management plan to be consciously integrated into the Indian Hospitality industry. more>>
Sanjay Sethi - Managing Director& CEO, Berggruen Hotels
To enjoy the rollercoaster ride of life and outpace the competition in business are some of the key elements that drive Sanjay Sethi, Managing Director& CEO, Berggruen Hotels. Dheera Majumder unravels the lighter side of the hotelier, who is triggering the growth of the hotel chain in the country more>>
“The ARRs in Malaysia are much lower than in India”
The new General Manager of Crowne Plaza Today, Gurgaon, Shaun Langdon speaks with Dheera Majumder about the challenges faced by a new GM and his plans for the property more>>
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