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HAI to observe ‘Green Week’ from June 5, 2008
  The Hotel Association of India (HAI) has asked its member hotels all over India to observe the week beginning June 5, 2008 as ‘Green Week’, in their properties. June 5 is observed as World Environment Day and this is more>>
Epoque Hotels set to enter Indian market
  Epoque Hotels, a collection of worldwide independent and luxury-classic hotels, based in over 90 destinations across the world, is now all set to enter the Indian hospitality market. Headquartered in Miami, the company has recently set up a sales office in Miami, the company has recently set up a sales office in more>>
Sikkim to get a few five star properties soon
  With more than 500 small and big hotels in the state, Sikkim will soon boast of some hotels belonging to some reputed chain. The Sikkim government has invited tenders for investment from outside the state to encourage the hospitality industry. The government has invited tenders for investment from outside the state to encourage the more>>
Gangtok among 20 destinations selected by ITDC for mega tourism projects
  Gangtok has been chosen as one of the 20 destinations in India for mega tourism projects by India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim will be developed in accordance with the benchmark set by ITDC, which is development in an integrated and holistic manner. Apart from the required more>>
Wine to be a beverage in Bengaluru
  Bengaluru has made wine available to everyone. From being an alcoholic drink, it shall from now on be a beverage that can be sold in supermarkets, department stores and wine bars. The move is expected to encourage farmers and wineries. However, this applies to natural wine and not more>>
Orbitz Worldwide partners with Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces
  Orbitz Worldwide, a global online travel company has entered into a strategic partnership with Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces. Under the partnership, Taj will make its global collection of nearly 80 hotels and resorts available through a portfolio of more>>
FHRAI to organise seminar on AIDS
  Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) will organise a seminar on Responsible Tourism - HIV AIDS on June 3, 2008, in New Delhi. The seminar will be the first of a series of seminars that the association will be organising as a prelude to its next annual convention, which is to be held in more>>
McDonald’s to absorb some costs to retain customers
  McDonald's is ready to absorb some of the higher costs for ingredients like oil, meat and dairy in order to retain customer loyalty. US consumers are facing difficult times as the economy struggles, unemployment rates increase and costs rise for necessities such as gas and more>>
Taj GVK to invest Rs 500 crore for expansion
  Taj GVK Hotels & Resorts will make investments worth over Rs 500 crore in its existing and new properties in south India over the next two-three years. It is set to open the 200-room Taj Mount Road in Chennai next month while work on a new five-star property in Hyderabad is in progress. The property is slated to open by more>>
KSTDC to upgrade existing hotels

Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) will renovate its existing properties in Srirangapatna, Ooty, Mysore, Coorg and Hampi at an investment of about Rs two crore, per property. Most of the properties were established several years back and more>>


Staff areas: Shedding light in darkness
Across ages, one of the most neglected areas of hotels has been staff areas such as the locker rooms and the cafeterias. So what are the conditions prevalent today? more>>
Hospitality brands: Image is everything
In these competitive times, it is infinitely easier to get a head start in the hospitality industry if one is associated with a brand says Vilas Pawar more>>

Training, turnover, and profitability

Elizabeth Johnson explains how it takes money to make money more>>

Cheese round the world

In the second part of his column, Jehangir Lawyer, MD, Fortune Gourmet Specialities Pvt Ltd journeys around the world to discover various types of cheese more>>

Butlers: The industry's unsung heroes

In the highly competitive hospitality scenario, the service element can make or break a product offering. Undoubtedly, butlers can break the monotony of service and add to the guests' experience more>>
Inflating the inflation?
If we all agree not to kill the goose that lays golden eggs, we can surely reap benefits in the long term. Rajesh Rodrigues is of the opinion that inflation comes and goes, but we need our guests every year — if possible, every time more>>
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