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HICSA 2009 kicks off on an optimistic note
  The fifth edition of Hotel Investment Conference South Asia, HICSA 2009, began today (April 1, 2009) in Mumbai. In the present context, liquidity in the Indian financial system is largely more>>
Accor announces extensive expansion plans
  Accor has announced the further expansion of its hotel network in India, with 48 committed hotel (9980 rooms) developments. The hotels are a mix of Accor hotel brands — Sofitel, Pullman, more>>
DIAL's hotel development plan may not meet deadline
  According to a report in The Times of India, the GMR-backed Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd's (DIAL) plan to build 3,000 hotel rooms in Delhi by next year's Commonwealth Games will more>>
MIAL readies master plan for hospitality district
  With an aim to develop infrastructure as a part of non aeronautical revenue, Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) is preparing the master plan for a hospitality district on the airport premises. more>>
Haryana aims to offer 7000 rooms during Commonwealth Games
  According to the Times of India; in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in 2010, Haryana’s government is working to offer 7000 rooms to the event’s visitors. Construction on the projects more>>
IFCA forms Goa Chapter 'Culinary Forum of Goa'
  Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA) has recently formed their Goa Chapter 'Culinary Forum of Goa' (CFG). Debraj Bhaumik, Executive Chef, Club Mahindra Varca Beach Resort, more>>
Ginger to open 13 more hotels in India
  Ginger Hotels, the budget hotel arm of Indian Hotels Company, has announced plans to open 13 more hotels across India by 2010, bringing its total inventory to 30. After it opened its 17th more>>
IHL and EIH may see dip in profits
  According to a report in the Business Standard, Indian Hotels (IHL) and East India Hotels (EIH), two of the country’s biggest hotel chains, may post their first annual drop in profits for the first more>>
Kamat Hotels completes entire stake sale in Concept Hospitality
  Kamat Hotels (India) Ltd (KHIL), the only environment-friendly (Ecotel certified by HVS International) hospitality group in the country, has successfully completed the transaction more>>
Hotel Leelaventure Limited to follow aggressive marketing strategy
  In a bid to woo its clients, Hotel Leelaventure Limited is following aggressive sales and marketing strategy to promote its hotels. The hotel has also come up with special summer more>>
Keys Hotels to launch five hotels in India in 2009
  Berggruen Hotels’ five mid market hotels under the brand name Keys will be operational in 2009 in Khandala, Thiruvanathapuram, Ludhiana, Mahabaleshwar and Bengaluru. more>>
Taj flagship properties are secured by ex-NSG commandos
  According to DNA, the Taj Group of Hotels has currently employed former national security guards (NSG) commandos to guard its flagship hotel properties. This move was made in the wake more>>
DIAL awards bids for hospitality district
  Lemon Tree, Saraf Hotels, InterGlobe Hotels, Accor and Lemon Tree are amongst the hotel players, who have secured bids to build five-star, four-star and three-star properties in Delhi more>>
Chef Manisha Bhasin to head ICF
  Chef Manisha Bhasin, Executive Chef, ITC Maurya, New Delhi has been elected as the new President of Indian Culinary Forum (ICF). The Annual General Body (AGM) of the Forum held in more>>
Phoenix Group Global extends Zuri brand to all its properties
  Phoenix Group Global, owners and promoters of luxury resorts and business hotels in India, Europe and Africa has announced that all its existing properties will be brought under more>>

Room to staff ratio: The numbers game

Most hoteliers agree that the average room to staff ratio in the Indian hospitality industry today is 1:1.75. Hospitality Biz tries to decipher the factors that affect this ratio change and how it is expected to transform the future more>>
“We are committed to develop hospitality leaders”
Sudhir Andrews, Dean, Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa talks about the Swiss-based hotel school’s inception in the Lavasa valley and his radical approach towards hospitality education in India with Hospitality Biz more>>
We just lost an excellent opportunity to redeem India as a safe country for international sporting events which act as catalysts for the hospitality and the travel trade. With the IPL tournament going overseas, the hotel business is likely to witness another dry spell under gloomy market conditions. It’s not only the players, coaches and the support staff occupying hotel rooms and using flights; but thousands of cricket fans who would be travelling to support their teams. The argument that there are not enough security forces to safeguard the players and fans due to the elections should worry us. more>>

New world wines and conditions
The Indian wine market is growing, with the influx of international players. World renowned Chilean winemaker, Eduardo Chadwick, provides an insight into these wines more>>


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