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CoS unable to reach consensus on additional FAR premium
  The Committee of Secretaries (CoS), which met twice last week, has not been able to arrive at a consensus about certain crucial issues related to Indian tourism. These issues included more>>
FHRAI to move court against smoking ban
  The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), the apex body of all hotel associations, has decided to move the court against the Government's proposal to ban smoking in more>>
Bharat Hotels set to launch 'The Lalit' brand
  Bharat Hotels is in the process of adding a new indigenous brand, 'The Lalit' to its portfolio. The hotel chain has named the brand after Lalit Suri, late Founder Chairman and Managing Director of. more>>
APTDC to make Hyderabad a preferred Medical Tourism spot
  According to a PTI report, a society to integrate medical institutes and tourism stakeholders is under formation in Hyderabad along with measures to form Apollo City, where all kind of more>>
HRAWI to conduct study on PPP model viability in the Western region
  The recent Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) meeting brought forth the association's decision to conduct a study on the public private partnership (PPP) model's viability more>>
Dusit International to enter hospitality market
  Thailand-based hotel services player, Dusit International will foray into the Indian hospitality sector with plans to secure management operations of six hotels in India by 2010. The company more>>
Sarovar and Peerless plans Eastern zone expansion
  Kolkata-based Peerless Group, in collaboration with management partner, Sarovar group of hotels, will commission five additional business hotels in Eastern India's major cities. With a more>>
IHG to manage 20 hotels in two to three years
  According to an ET report, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) plans to launch and manage 20 hotels in India, under the Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands. These properties more>>
Waxpol to start biggest resort in North Bengal
  As a part of its diversification in the hospitality sector, Waxpol Industries Limited will start the biggest resort in North Bengal in Gorumara. The Riverwood Forest Retreat at more>>
The Baradari Palace heritage hotel in Patiala developed on PPP model
  Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab inaugurated 'The Baradari Palace', a heritage hotel under the Neemrana Group of Hotels, on September 21, 2008. Located in the Baradari Gardens more>>
Maya Group to identify locations for new hotel projects

G J Hotels Private Limited (Maya Group) plans to launch with four or five hotel projects in Hyderabad. Currently, the company is identifying exact locations for the new projects. The Maya group is also more>>

JW Marriott Mumbai to be smoke free soon

In keeping with the ‘no smoking’ policy that has been recently initiated by the Government throughout Mumbai, the JW Marriott Mumbai will soon be a smoke free hotel. Smoking will be more>>

The Miele Guide to be launched in October 2008

The inaugural edition of The Miele Guide, Asia’s first independent and authoritative restaurant guide will be launched on October 31, 2008 in Singapore. The 2008/2009 edition of this new annual more>>

Le Meridien relaunches lounge at Chennai airport

Le Royal Meridien has relaunched its state-of-the-art airport lounge,The Royal Lounge, at Chennai's Anna International Airport at an investment of over Rs 40 lakh. The facility, covering an area of 117 sq km, has been renovated and equipped to suit first class/business more>>

Hospitality Star to launch three websites on hospitality solutions

Hospitality Star, a Singapore based company, providing end-to-end integrated on-demand solutions and services for the hospitality industry will launch three portals on hospitality solutions more>>


Exhibitions : A plethora of options to showcase
As a number of exhibitions are conducted across India, HBI evaluates the importance of these events in the hospitality industry’s calender more>>

Hot F&B trends in the boardroom

Better food isn’t the only positive development in the meetings industry. HBI highlights some trends in hotel banqueting that are changing the way people eat en masse more>>
Sanjay Sethi - Managing Director& CEO, Berggruen Hotels
To enjoy the rollercoaster ride of life and outpace the competition in business are some of the key elements that drive Sanjay Sethi, Managing Director& CEO, Berggruen Hotels. HBI unravels the lighter side of the hotelier, who is triggering the growth of the hotel chain in the country more>>
“More than just a new concept, we want to stand tall as a new-age hotel”
Floatel in Kolkata, South Asia’s first floating hotel, is in a rigorous endeavour to stand smart in today’s competitive hospitality scenario. Rajib Roy Chowdhury, General Manager, Floatel, explains the balance between the new concept and advanced technology vis-à-vis the need to add numerous features to its current offerings more>>
Crying for uniformity
In the initial years, when the hospitality industry had only taken a few tentative steps in India, a few colleges (largely in metros) were sufficient to cater to the manpower needs of the limited number of hotels and guests. more>>
The lonely traveller
These travellers are the tourism industry’s life blood, providing employment and income to many. To ignore this large mass of travellers will be a grievous error more>>
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