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Obituary: Padma Shri Thangam E Philip (May 12, 1921 to Jan 28, 2009)
  The academic veteran and Indian hospitality education’s pioneer Padma Shri Thangam Philip passed away on January 28, 2009 at 10 am following a cardiac arrest after prolonged illness at Kottayam. more>>
Hospitality demand likely to record CAGR of eight to ten per cent
  Despite the current economic slowdown, the CAGR for hotel room demand in India in the organised sector for five-star deluxe, five-star, four-star and three-star categories is expected to more>>
Kamat Hotels contemplates sale of stake in Concept Hospitality
  Kamat Hotels India Ltd’s Board of Directors has considered an exit notice from the other shareholder group in its subsidiary, Concept Hospitality Ltd. This consideration took place in a more>>
Six hotels opt out of Commonwealth Games project
  According to a report in the Business Standard, fearing poor visitor turnout for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the wake of recession, six hoteliers, who allotted plots for construction of hotels more>>
Liquidity crunch to drive down hotel transactions in 2009
  Following an 80 per cent drop in global hotel transaction volume in 2008, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels forecasts that 2009 will exhibit a further decline, to levels last seen between 2001 and more>>
Hotel Leelaventure announces Q3 results
  Hotel Leelaventure Limited has announced the financial results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2008. Its operating income for the third quarter stood at Rs 121.30 Crore as compared to more>>
Wyndham to reformat Days Inn brand development process for India
  Wyndham Hotels is reconsidering the development model for its three star mid-scale brand, Days Inn, in India. The international hotel management chain, which had seven properties in the more>>
Darbargadh Devpur Fort offers homestay services
  Darbargadh Devpur, the family Fort of Thakores of Devpur (Kutch) a heritage property in Kutch region of Gujarat is being promoted under the brand, Devpur Homestays. It is offering accommodation more>>
IHC to release book titled 'Hospitality Industry - Contemporary Issues'
  A book entitled 'Hospitality Industry - Contemporary Issues' by Bagri & Dahiya will be released at the two day national Indian Hospitality Congress (IHC) conference on January 29 and 30, more>>
Dholakia Group earmarks Rs 200 Crore for hotel business
  Mumbai-based Dholakia Group is planning an investment of Rs 200 Crore to set up 12 new business class hotels over next three years. The company is scouting for suitable locations in more>>
JIP adds Quiznos brand to its Indian portfolio
  JIP Fashion and Restaurants Pvt Ltd has introduced the US-based sandwich restaurant brand Quiznos in the Indian market. The company has obtained franchise rights for the North and the East more>>
Claridges Hotels to ink management contract with Swiss company
  Claridges Hotels, a Delhi-based company, will enter into a long-term management deal with a Swiss investment firm, which is foraying into the Indian hospitality industry. The Swiss firm will build more>>
‘World of Accor 2009’ expo to be held in 12 Asia Pacific cities
  Asia Pacific’s largest hotel group, Accor, has announced the dates of its ‘World of Accor 2009’ expo programme encompassing 12 cities throughout the region. Now in its sixth year, more>>
AH&LA webinar helps hoteliers leverage green to reduce costs
  The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) will host a webinar, ‘Leveraging Green to Become Stronger and More Cost-Efficient’, on February 18, 2009, to guide hoteliers on more>>
Hotel Booking Agents Association partners with Amadeus
  A strategic partnership has been signed between Amadeus and the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), said a TravelMole report. It will enable the company to gain further understanding more>>

Mushrooming of IHMs in North India
In order to meet the growing demand for trained manpower in the hospitality industry, many IHMS are coming up in the North, finds Hospitality Biz more>>
“Business hotel segment fits the current market scenario”
At a time when the global market is undergoing a financial crunch Martin Rinck, President - Asia Pacific, Hilton Hotels Corporation speaks to Hospitality Biz on investment opportunities in the hospitality industry more>>
Hotel Performance in India – Is the Party Over?
Have hoteliers been booted out of the club forever or are they just suffering from a temporary hangover? The current dip is an inevitable part of a cyclical sector, says Manav Thadani more>>

Sharing heritage with the guests

To maintain and preserve heritage properties is becoming fashionable in the hospitality industry. However, it is of more an enjoyable pastime at the moment, than a profitable proposition. Hospitality Biz reveals the opportunities and challenges faced in dealing with heritage properties more>>

Maximising the first impression
From the moment a guest arrives at the airport till he/she reaches the hotel, an escort is provided in the form of a hotel representative. This person is the hotel’s first crucial point of contact with the customer. Hospitality Biz examines the efforts put in by a hotel to make this initial impression a lasting one more>>
Lead people without title
Iyer Subramanian explains that every individual in an organisation is liable to lead, regardless of position more>>
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