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HIFI 2009 starts on a positive note
  The Horwath HTL and BHN-hosted Hotel Investment Forum India HIFI 2009 India kick started at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Centre in Mumbai. The three day event will see more>>
The tourism industry curve will move upwards from end 2009:WTTC President
  The global travel and tourism segment has observed several peaks and troughs in the year 2008. While the first half of the year saw significant growth in this segment, the second half was more>>
Hoteliers emphasise on the need for growth of mid market segment
  The first edition of Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) at Renaissance Mumbai Hotel and Convention Centre, Mumbai, CEOs meet witnessed stalwarts from the hotel industry from across the more>>
Fees on additional hotel construction may be slashed by 50 per cent
  According to the Times of India, the hotel industry is likely to take advantage of the room shortage during the Commonwealth Games by forcing the central government to ‘substantially’ reduce more>>
FHRAI honours 19 personnel from the hospitality industry
  The 9th Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India’s (FHRAI) annual awards ceremony, which was held at The Residency Towers in Chennai on January 10, 2009, honoured more>>
Leela hotels in India receive bomb threat
  According to The Times of India, several properties under the Leela group of hotels received a threatening email from, which claimed that more>>
Karnataka to invite EoIs for helipad, restaurant projects
  The Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) is likely to invite EoIs for its upcoming restaurant and helipad projects. KSTDC plans to develop restaurants in Mysore, Coorg, more>>
Mumbai hotels suffer losses due to transporter/oil strikes
  According to a UNI report, Mumbai’s hotel sector is incurring heavy losses aggregating Crores of rupees per day, due to the strike called by oil companies’ employees and more>>
RBI offers lower interest rates to non-CRE hotel properties
  According to the Hindu Business Line, entrepreneurs seeking loans to set up hotel properties, which they aim to run themselves, will be able to avail of lower interest rates. The Reserve Bank of India more>>
Club Mahindra sets record for room occupancy across its resorts
  Club Mahindra, the flagship brand of Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Ltd has set a record by registering an average room occupancy of 89 per cent across all its resorts in the more>>
TTDC to upgrade 20 loss making hotels
  According to a report in the Financial Chronicle, The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) plans to improve profitability by upgrading its hotels and restaurants. About 20 more>>
Hyatt Regency Mumbai extends MICE facilities
  Hyatt Regency, Mumbai has extended its facilities for the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) segment with the introduction of three meeting rooms within the more>>
Zoom Developers mulls Rs 1000 Crore investment in hospitality projects
  Real estate developer, Zoom Developers, has chalked out a Rs 1,000 Crore investment plan to develop hotels in various cities in India. The realty major plans to develop 35 hotels across India by more>>
Royal Orchid considers aggressive expansion for Mumbai
  Royal Orchid Hotels Limited (ROHL) is eyeing the Mumbai market for developing and expanding its base in the city. The company is presently developing a four-star property in the city under more>>
Food standards should be made part of curriculum: Anil Murjani
  Anil Murjani, Regional Manager – North, British Standards Institute Management System has asked the hotel management institutes in India to make food standards part of the more>>

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