This Week's Top Headlines
Hotels oppose pay channels for fee hike
  Hospitality players like Le Meridien and Pride Hotel are opposing the fee hike by pay channels for the second time in six months, pending an earlier court battle between the hotel trade body and private broadcasters. The Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association in India (FHRAI) has been asking broadcasters and more>>
Langham Hotels forays into India with Wadhwa Developers
  Hong Kong-based Langham Hotels International (LHI) is all set to foray into the Indian hospitality segment. It has recently tied up with Mumbai-based real estate developer Wadhwa Developers for the same. The hotel chain entered into a management agreement with the developer for a five-star property being developed in Pune more>>
Holiday Group to invest Rs 1,000 crore in Kerala
  UAE-based Holiday Group plans to invest around Rs 1,000 crore in infrastructure, housing and hospitality sectors over the next five years in Kerala. The group is venturing into luxury housing projects, and the first project will come up at Marine Drive in Kochi. more>>
Coffee Day Hotels and Resorts to open five resorts by 2011
  Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Company Limited’s (ABCTCL) hotel division, Coffee Day Hotels and Resorts Pvt Ltd plans to complete work on its five luxury resorts in Karnataka by 2011. Its 50-room property in Chikmagalur ‘The Serai’ commenced operations in April 2008 and has witnessed occupancy of 60 per cent in two months. more>>
Epoque ties up with Minerva Grand
  The Minerva Grand, a business hotel owned by Secunderabad Hotels, has recently become a member of the Epoque Hotel’s portfolio, a collection of worldwide independent and luxury hotels based in over 90 destinations, globally. The hotel has been selected to be part of the Avant-garde line of the company. more>>
Sarovar to sign hotel deal with Phoenix JV
  Sarovar Hotels & Resorts is in the process of finalising a brand new eight-hotel deal with the JV company of Phoenix Hospitality and Entertainment World Developers (EWDPL). The eight hotels will be set up at tier-II locations of Raipur, Udaipur, Nanded, Jabalpur, Chandigarh, Indore, Ujjain and Bhilai. more>>
Tanzania seeks India’s help to develop its hospitality sector
  Tanzania has sought India’s assistance in order to develop the hospitality sector in the country. The Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania, Shamsa S Mwangunga met the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Ambika Soni, recently and made this request. more>>
Neesa Leisure to invest Rs 450 crore on hospitality expansion
  Gandhinagar-based hospitality and leisure company, Neesa Leisure Limited (NLL) plans to expand into the Indian market with properties under development in West and South India. The company has earmarked an investment of Rs 450 crore to fund its expansion plans, more>>
Sterling to invest Rs 700 cr for condo hotels
  Australia-based Sterling Construction Systems (SCS) Ltd plans to invest Rs 700 crore to build condo hotels in India, over the next five years. The first few projects will be set up near Mumbai in Neral, Kasara and Alibagh. After this, the company will set up projects in Kerala, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and the Middle East. more>>
Jungle Travels to develop more resorts in the North East

Jungle Travels, the leading tour operator in the North East, which is diversifying into the hospitality sector, plans to start more resorts to provide a boost to the flourishing eco tourism destinations in the North East. With a couple of premier wildlife resorts in Assam namely The Bansbari Lodge in the Manas National Park and Diphlu River Lodge at the Kaziranga National Park, more>>

Indian Hospitality Congress to launch research journal

Indian Hospitality Congress (IHC) will launch an international research journal on hospitality – Indian Journal of Hospitality Management, soon. The first issue of the journal is expected to be launched in the first week of July, 2008. It is one of the primary goals of the IHC to provide a common platform for educators, institutes, professionals in the trade and students in order to strengthen more>>

Confident Group to launch its first business hotel in July

Bengaluru-based Confident Group will commercially launch its first four-star business hotel on Brigade Road in Bengaluru in the second week of July, 2008. The 60-room property, Confident Iris has been built with an investment of Rs 60 crore. It will consist of a swimming pool, a multi-cuisine restaurant, a speciality restaurant, two banquet halls, board rooms and underground parking. more>>


Women on top: Charging ahead with grace
The hospitality experience would prove to be quite incomplete, without the charming smile of a woman at its outset. It is undeniable that women have excelled in this sector not only in India, but all over the world. The feminine touch indeed lends grace and elegance to the hospitality industry. more>>
Optimising investment returns in alternative hospitality, The outlook for the Indian economy’s future appears buoyant. This has been mainly due to the fact that India’s economic boom is expected to continue, albeit at a slightly slower pace. According to some agencies, real GDP growth is forecast to slow down from 9.4 per cent in fiscal year 2006-’07 to an annual average of 7.7 per cent between 2007-’08 and 2012-’13, which will still make it one of the fastest growing economies in the world.d more>>
Merging service with compassion
In our field of work, we come across customers and guests who are very unpredictable. Our customers are not only the guests who walk into our premises, but also our own colleagues with whom we interact. For example, the HR department has internal customers, whereas in the F&B department the service staff has both external and internal customers. more>>
Solid waste management: A knotty problem for urban India
In the present scenario, a major part of environmental concerns have more to deal with solid waste management, as it directly affects the functioning of any industry. The hospitality industry is also grappling with this knotty problem. Today, India’s urban population is the second largest in the world after China. more>>
“An ecotel is much more acceptable now, than it was a decade ago”
Ranjan Gupta, General Manager, The Orchid, Mumbai in conversation with Yashodhan Jadhav about the changing dynamics of eco-friendly practices in contemporary hotels more>>
“A hotel should be abreast of new security options”
Wing Commander Rajesh Bali, Manager Security, Jaypee Vasant Continental, New Delhi, discusses with Japna Sodhi the security measures in place at the hotel more>>
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