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Ministry of Tourism approves guidelines for camp sites
  The Ministry of Tourism has approved two set of guidelines for ‘Development of Camp Sites and Guidelines for Approval and Classification of Tented Accommodation’. The Guidelines for Development of Camp Sites are advisory in more>>
Spurious liquor rampant in hotels, clubs and resorts
  With a view to curb the sale of spurious liquor across the state’s hospitality industry, the Maharashtra State Excise Department (MSED) has registered 34,535 cases of spurious liquor distribution during the period between January to more>>
Chennai to play host to Aahar 2008
  The third regional edition of the international food fair, Aahar will be held at the Chennai Trade Centre in Chennai from September 4 to 8, 2008. A total number of 50 companies have registered for the event so far. There will be 206 stalls this year, but there is a scope more>>
JNB Group to invest Rs 2000 Crore in India by 2015
  US-based real estate management, investment and development consortium, JNB Investments LLC, has forayed into the Indian hospitality market, with plans to set up 50 hotels in more>>
National policy on skill development is on the anvil
  According to Oscar Fernandes, Union Minister for Labour and Employment, a National Skill Development policy will be posed for approval, shortly. The policy aims to empower more>>
PIDB amends eligibility criteria of EoI for three hotel projects
  The Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) has amended the eligibility criteria for Expression of Interest (EoI) for development of five and three-star hotels in Amritsar through Public Private Partnership (PPP) and for the development of more>>
IRCTC works to redesign its pantry cars
  Keeping in view safety and cleanliness in trains, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) is working to redesign its pantry cars in a few important trains, including Shatabadi Express and more>>
Claridges group registers top line growth in first quarter 2008-‘09
  The Claridges Hotels and Resorts have recorded a significant growth in top line in the first quarter of 2008-‘09. Despite predictions and news about the slowdown in the economy affecting the hospitality industry in India, figures for the hotel group has shown more>>
UNESCO declares Kalka-Shimla Railway line as a ‘World Heritage Site’
  The Kalka-Shimla Railway (KSR) line, launched on November 9, 1903, was declared a ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO, in a meeting held at the Quebec City, Canada, earlier this week. The Indian delegation at the meeting was led by Mathew John, Secretary, Railway Board, Ministry of Railways. Speaking about the more>>
CRM Global to represent The Marmara Hotels in India

CRM Global Enterprises will represent the Turkish hotel chain, The Marmara Hotels & Residences, in India. One of the largest hotel chains in Turkey, The Marmara has nine properties in more>>

JIP aims for pan India franchise for Papa Johns

JIP Fashion & Restaurants Pvt Ltd aims to increase its franchise for the American pizza brand Papa Johns for the entire Indian market. The company presently owns the franchise of the brand for the Western and Southern markets of more>>

Girikand Travels to foray into hospitality

Pune-based, Girikand Travels Pvt. Ltd. plans to enter the hospitality sector and will focus on the Adventure Tourism market for the same. The company has appointed an agency to conduct more>>

Walia to launch new concept, ‘Peninsula’, at Panchkula

Panchkula-based Walia Restaurant and Banquets Limited plans to launch a new concept, 'Peninsula', which will house a lounge bar, restaurants, banquets and conference hall. Peninsula will open on 16 July 2008 at Panchkula, an outskirt area of Chandigarh. more>>

MM Institute Mullana undertakes survey on wayside eateries

MM Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Mullana, Ambala has taken up a one-of-its-kind survey on highway eateries, in order to build up a data bank on the functioning of roadside sundry eating joints. To start with, the institute has more>>

IGNOU launches PG Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Management

In another joint initiative, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), have launched a one-year postgraduate diploma programme in Food Safety and more>>


Hotel assets: Milking the healthy cow
The revenue generated from hotels largely reflects the performance of its rooms division and F&B outlets. more>>

India: Tourism projects’ overview

Selected state-wise projects sanctioned under the merged scheme of product/infrastructure development for destinations and circuits of tourism in India more>>
Staying in the Spotlight: The low cost way
Venu Rao, Director, Aabana Hospitality Management, Bengaluru enumerates simple low cost, yet effective ways of promoting ones properties more>>
Managing staff: Shock and awe tactics
The manager has been primarily engaged to produce results. He has to tell people right from the start that he will keep on updating them about their work and their progress. If any employee is doing well, then he must praise the employee. more>>
K B Kachru - Executive Vice President, Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific
Unassuming and simple are the two adjectives best suited to describe K B Kachru, Executive Vice President, Carlson Hotels Worldwide - Asia Pacific more>>
Picking up the right signs
In this age of larger than life branding, choosing the right sign is essential to ensure ample visibility of the product, says Bharat Parekh, Managing Partner, Solar (India) more>>

Celebrating art at The Grand Hyatt
A guest’s initial perceptions about a hotel’s offerings are based on the aesthetic value of its interiors. The Grand Hyatt, Mumbai has put great effort into enhancing its inner space, with artwork revolving around a central theme more>>
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