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Union Tourism Minister unveils 100-days agenda for MoT
  Union Minister of Tourism Kumari Selja today unveiled the agenda for the first 100 days of Ministry of Tourism in New Delhi. Minister of State for Tourism Sultan Ahmed and senior officials more>>
CCEA to set up 19 state IHMs and 25 state FCIs
  Union Tourism and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister, Kumari Selja, while addressing media persons in Chandigarh recently said that both the ministries under her have vast more>>
Delhi guest house owners approach MoT against new nomenclature norms
  Guest house owners in New Delhi, under the banner Delhi Hotel & Restaurant Owners Association, has approached the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India (GoI), against more>>
Maharashtra state annual budget hikes liquor taxes
  The Maharashtra state annual budget 2009-10 has announced an excise hike on liquor and mild alcoholic beverages, effective from July 1, 2009. The excise duties have been increased at various more>>
Haryana to charge luxury tax on actual tariff
  Conceding to the persistent demand by hoteliers’ associations in Haryana, the state government has agreed to consider the actual tariff for calculation of luxury tax (LT) from the hospitality units more>>
State governments of Western region need to increase tourism development fund: SP Jain
  The pre-convention conference of 15th Hotel and Restaurant Association Western India (HRAWI) was held in ITC Grand Central in Mumbai. Speaking at the occasion, S P Jain, President, HRAWI more>>
Guest house areas in Delhi to get a facelift
  Major areas of Delhi, Karol Bagh and Paharganj, where majority of the guest houses are located, will witness major infrastructural changes and beautification before the 2010 Commonwealth more>>
Stephen Fernandez re-elected as CAI President
  Concierge Association of India (CAI) has re-elected Stephen Vincent Fernandez as President of the association, at the third annual general meeting (AGM), which is underway in Delhi. more>>
Starwood to spend USD 4 billion on Sheraton hotels’ renovation
  Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide will invest around USD 4 billion in the renovation of its Sheraton hotel brand, globally. Similarly, the company is also in the process of renovating its entire more>>
Starwood implements aggressive marketing efforts for India
  With an aim to increase its corporate clientele in the Indian market, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Pvt Ltd has launched new marketing initiative directed at both, the outbound and domestic more>>
Luxe India to build portfolio of 12 properties in two years
  Luxe India, a JV between US-based Luxe Worldwide Hotels and Indian hospitality company Tian Serrai Group, plans to develop its hospitality portfolio in the four-star boutique hotel segment. more>>
Premium hotels to come up on Bisleri's land
  According to a report in The Economic Times, Bisleri International is in talks with hospitality firms like Hilton, Accor and Intercontinental to set up premium hotels on its prime properties more>>
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak fortifies its hospitality and tourism programme
  The Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management (IHTM), Maharshi Dayanand (MD) University, Rohtak has introduced a three year Bachelors in Tourism Management degree and a one year diploma more>>
Vallée de Vin to launch Zampagne in India
  Vallée de Vin Pvt Ltd, the domestic wine manufacturer, which started operations in India with the launch of Zampa wines last year, will focus on its brand extension in 2009. The company will more>>
Aleovino seeks distributors for German wines
  Aleovino, the Germany-based fine wine distribution venture is scouting for distributors in India to market their portfolio of German wines. Subsequently, the company will introduce Chilly more>>
Indage Vintners to sell stake in four investors
  Indage Vintners (IVL) will sell 40.28 per cent stake to four investors — Anam Transport Pvt Ltd, Sanjivani Horticulture Pvt Ltd, Arsh Advisors and Owners Ltd and Asian Sirius Energy Ltd for Rs 90.6 Crore. more>>

The human resource challenge
The hotel industry has been engaged in a relentless battle to resolve the human resource challenge. Training, development and retention of hotel employees seems like a herculean task for hoteliers as Hospitality Biz reports more>>

“We won’t damage the product through cost cutting”
Julian Ayers takes over as GM, InterContinental Eros New Delhi, at a time when the hotel is headed for total renovation and refurbishment. In a one-to-one with Hospitality Biz, Ayers speaks about his priorities on the new job more>>

Personnel problems in hospitality industry - Sudhir Andrews, Dean, Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa
I recently surveyed the general managers in Mumbai and Delhi to ascertain the hospitality industry’s concerns. Surprisingly, the impending recession or the downturn after the 26/11 outrage was not their main concern. They were all confident of meeting those challenges. Their number one concern was people. All chanted the same woe — quality, shortage and attrition of human resources have hit them badly more>>
Rate integrity in a down market
Participants at a recent CNI Thought Leaders in Revenue Management Roundtable discussed ways to avoid price dropping and issues of managing rate integrity in current market conditions in Asia. Over the twenty years that revenue management has been in practice in the hospitality industry, most of the principles have been learned in a sound economy more>>

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