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Additional FAR may prove to be a costly affair for Delhi hotels
  If information about the Committee of Secretaries’ (CoS) recommendation on the premium to be charged on additional FAR for Delhi hotels is true, there will not be many takers for the increased FAR in Delhi. Over-ruling the recommendations by the Delhi Lt Governor more>>
HRANI to approach ministers with list of demands
  Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) will soon approach various ministers with its list of demands to improve tourism infrastructure and create a tourism-friendly environment in the country’s Northern states. The association will also raise the issue of luxury tax. more>>
Hotel associations pin their hope on GoM meeting
  Hotel associations are pinning their hopes on the Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting for relief on the premium being announced on the additional FAR (Floor Area Ratio). The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on the recommendations of the Committee of more>>
Nutritional facts listing will be mandatory for packaged foods
  The Centre has made it compulsory for the packaged foods industry to list the nutritional facts (per 100 gm/100 ml or per serving) about products on their package labels. This will enable the consumers to more>>
Surya Funcity Limited to diversify into hospitality education
  After making its presence felt in the hospitality industry, Chandigarh-based Surya Funcity Limited will now diversify into the education sector. The company plans to start an Institute of Hotel Management more>>
Etude Hôtelière Lavasa to kick start first academic batch in July 2009
  Etude Hôtelière Lavasa plans to commence first year of academic operations by July 2009. The hotel school will be coming up in Lavasa's first phase – Dasve which is slated to be fully functional by 2010.Initially more>>
MOT sanctions Rs 4.75 Crore for FCI in Hoshiarpur
  The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has recently sanctioned Rs 4.75 Crore to set up a Food Craft Institute (FCI) under the Society Act at Hoshiarpur in Punjab. The Department of Tourism, Punjab will more>>
Marriott and Expedia to extend its strategic relationship
  Expedia, a online travel company and Marriott International, Inc today announced a new multi-year agreement that extends one of longest running strategic relationship in the online travel industry. more>>
Foodesign Systems Associates to introduce B2B website
  Foodesign Systems Associates (FSA) is in the process of launching a B2Bwebsite dedicated to the industry. The website is aimed at providing information to its clients of the daily performance of their food and more>>
Lahari Group seeks rebranding for existing property
  Hyderabad based Lahari Group is in the process of rebranding its existing property, Lahari Resorts located at the outskirts of Hyderabad. The group is presently in discussion with several international hotel more>>
Amadeus signs Golden Tulip as the first PMS customer in India

Amadeus, a global player in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, has announced Golden Tulip Jaipur as its first Property Management Solution (PMS) customer in India. more>>

GTA launches new division focusing on Indian hotel content

Gullivers Travel Associates (GTA) has started a new division which will focus on Indian hotel content. The company has started sourcing Indian hotel content which is expected to be offered by early 2009. more>>

Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan to introduce unified desktop in 2009

Travelport, the parent company of Galileo and Apollo GDS which acquired Worldspan last year, will launch a new desktop globally in 2009, which will offer products and services from all the three GDS more>>

Panjab University, Chandigarh to set up IHM

The Panjab University, Chandigarh plans to set up a Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) in its premises. The university is likely to ask for a grant of Rs 10 Crores from the Ministry of Tourism, GOI for building more>>


Spas: Providing health through water
With the different kinds of spas that exist in today’s emerging market, the concept behind the real meaning of the word ‘spa’ has lost its identity. Rashmi Pradhan studies the origin of ‘spa’, reveals how the concept has evolved over the years, and finds out its relevance in the present scenario. more>>

Organic food in India: Grappling with high cost and popularity

With the emergence of different foreign liquors in the Indian market, liquor appreciation sessions have become a widespread practice among liquor companies. Dheera Majumder tries to comprehend the thin line between education and marketing more>>

Campus recruiters seek fresh blood
Final year hotel management students are now getting ready to compete against their peers, as hotels offer attractive prospects to lure potential performers. Yashodhan Jadhav takes a closer look at the campus placement process in hospitality institutes more>>
Good housekeeping : From the classes to the masses
Housekeeping’s role has been crucial since time immemorial; it has changed many fold, both in terms of service providers (housekeepers) and service users (guests). Ashish Dahiya explains how the markets have become more sophisticated and guests are increasingly aware about health, hygiene and good housekeeping more>>
Nurturing the youth
Newcomers are often lost in their first job; now, talks about high flying careers hold no water. Often, the ‘fired up’ young recruit loses all steam, and starts working on autopilot more>>
Marketing a hotel online in a struggling economy
In a tough economy, when your marketing budget shrinks, you need to be careful about how you invest your money. The Return On Investment (ROI) for online marketing spending is faster than almost any other form of hotel marketing, says Sachin Suri, Associated Director - HVS Web Strategies more>>
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