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Government to revise royalty for foreign collaborators in the hotel sector
  The Government is believed to be considering an upward revision of the existing Foreign Technical Collaboration (FTC) fee, with respect to the hospitality sector. As per existing rates, foreign technical more>>
Madhya Pradesh to focus on intra-regional development
  In a bid to boost to tourism within the state, Madhya Pradesh Tourism is upgrading sites such as Sanchi, Pawa, Halali, Ortha and Shivpuri with facilities like accommodation, signage along with more>>
Smoking ban will have no adverse effect on revenues, say restaurateurs
  The Union Government’s move to enforce the smoking ban in public areas including hotels, restaurants, discos and bars may have seen resistance from the hotel and restaurant associations in India more>>
RCL to invest Rs 300 Crore in 21 new Ginger Hotels
  According to a report in the Business Standard, Roots Corporation (RCL), a 100-per cent subsidiary of Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), plans to open 21 new Ginger Hotels at major locations across India by more>>
Taj GVK to set up budget hotels
  According to a report in Daily News & Analysis, Taj GVK Hotels and Resorts Ltd, which is into luxury hotels segment, plans to enter into budget hotels business under “Ginger Hotels” brand via an alliance with more>>
IHCL to come up with Gateway Hotel in Kochi
  Indian Hotels Company Limited, (IHCL) will extend its presence in Kochi with the proposed development of a 200-room Gateway Hotel. The company has entered into a management contract with more>>
HVS Capital Corp launches Special Hospitality Assets Group
  In a move to address an increasing number of troubled hotel assets, HVS Capital Corp recently announced the launch of the HVS Special Hospitality Assets Group that is designed to help hotel lenders and more>>
Rodas readies for five-star certification
  Rodas the three-star property operated by Concept Hospitality, the consultancy and management arm of Kamat Hotels India Ltd (KHIL) is in the process of adding 144 rooms to the hotel inventory, which will more>>
Sofinnova Ventures and Walden Intl to fuel Sprice website's growth in India
  With an aim to strengthen its presence in the Indian market, will be funded by European investment firm, Sofinnova Partners and US-based venture capital firm, Walden International more>>
Chandigarh to have 'Night Food Street' by November 2008
  The Municipal Corporation Chandigarh (MCC) will introduce a typical Lahore type 'Night Food Street', which will serve traditional regional food at sector 14 by the first week of November this year. The construction more>>
Sommelier offers wine bars in India

According to the Business Standard, Sommelier group plans to launch five wine bars under ‘The Sommelier’ brand in two years. The project will see an investment of Rs 6 Crore. more>>

JSM plans expansion, to open three restaurants in India

According to a report in the Financial Chronicle, food and beverages company, JSM plans to expand its chain of international franchisee restaurants in India. The company will open around three restaurants by more>>

Impresario considers Grill brand extensions

According to a report in the Financial Chronicle, food and beverages company, JSM plans to expand its chain of international franchisee restaurants in India. The company will open around three restaurants by more>>

Core Wellness will introduce a co-branded course with Kerala State Government

Core Wellness Limited (CWL) is in advanced discussions with the Kerala State Government to introduce co-branded certificate courses on spa therapies and spa management. The company is developing a Core more>>


Boosting tourism responsibly
The theme of the 44th Annual FHRAI Convention this year is Responsible Tourism. What is this new buzzword that is making the rounds in the Indian tourism segment? more>>
Hospitality marketing: Brand your ‘brand’
In the next ten years, India and China together, will come up with more hotels than the combined growth of other countries in the Asia Pacific region. Hotel and sub-hotel brands are queuing up to affix their glorious brand tags on projects developed with predominantly Indian ‘moolah’. more>>
India and abroad: The disparity in work culture
Indian hospitality professionals are always keen to explore options abroad, and are amongst the most sought after candidates for poaching. Chef Manoj Patkar, Associate Professor and Head of Department - Food Production, Apeejay Institute of Hospitality speaks about the differences in the work culture of hotels across the world more>>

JW Marriott, Mumbai: Committed to eco-friendly measures
JW Marriott, Mumbai has won many awards for its conservation initiatives. HBI takes a close look at the efforts made by the hotel to achieve its energy conservation goal more>>
Hospitality education: At the crossroads
Many hotel management institutes are mushrooming across India. MV Balachandar, Director, IHM - Bangalore feels that there is an urgent need for a regulatory agency and a liberal policy in order to enhance the quality of education more>>

WelcomHeritage Noor-Us-Sabah Palace: The light of dawn
Awarded the best heritage hotel for the year 2007-’08 by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC), WelcomHeritage Noor-Us-Sabah Palace, Bhopal was one of the best residential palaces in erstwhile Bhopal. HBI finds out how a residential palace got transformed into a palace hotel more>>
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