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Service tax and excise duty relief leaves hospitality industry disillusioned
  The recent notification of the Central Government to reduce service tax and excise duty by two per cent is not expected to come to the rescue of the hospitality industry in the present time of despair. more>>
Punjab Govt decides to reduce luxury tax on hotels
  Considering the demand of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab (HRAP), the Punjab Government has decided to reduce the luxury tax on hotels from eight per cent to four per cent. more>>
Gujarat eyes Southern states, West Bengal for increasing domestic tourism
  According to a recent report, Gujarat is focusing on domestic tourists, especially in states like West Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to aggressively market its destinations, targeting more>>
Goa Tourism Minister joins chorus against offshore casinos
  According to a PTI report today, Goa's Tourism Minister Fransisco alias Mickky Pacheco has joined the chorus in protesting against the alleged illegalities by offshore casinos in the more>>
SIHRA welcomes luxury tax reduction
  An unlikely move that comes as a post budget surprise has been welcomed by the South India Hotel and Restaurant Association (SIHRA). As per the announcement made by the more>>
HVS to organize Hotel Security Summit
  HVS will organise a Hotel Security Summit along the sidelines of Hotel Investment Conference – South Asia 2009 which is scheduled for April 1 and 2, 2009 at Grand Hyatt Mumbai. The security more>>
Co-founder may buy out Concept Hospitality
  According to a report in the Mint, Param Kannampilly, Managing Director of Concept Hospitality Ltd, who owns 40 per cent stake in the company, is in talks to buy the remaining. Concept more>>
Franchisors perceive ample opportunities in recessionary times
  Food service operators expanding through the franchise route perceive ample opportunities for business even during times of recession. Amidst all the speculation with regards to slowdown in more>>
Court stops all new construction on Mandarmani coast of West Bengal
  As per a Times of India report, Chief Justice S S Nijjar and Justice Biswanath Somadder’s green bench has ordered all new construction along the Mandarmani coastal area in East Midnapore more>>
Accor SA's Chairman and five Directors quit
  Accor SA's Chairman and five other Directors have abruptly quit the company, apparently in protest over a plan to expand the role of CEO Gilles Pelisson. The majority of Accor's board—led by more>>
Marriott hotel revenue down 17 per cent : CFO
  Room revenue at Marriott International Inc is running 17 per cent below year-ago levels, at the lower end of the hotel operator's recent forecast, according to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Arne more>>
Herbal Hills puts 55 acres of title-cleared land in Lonavala on the block
  Herbal Hills, a Mumbai-based company focused on wellness real estate development and herbal health, nutritional and beauty products, has put its 55 acres of land in Lonavala on more>>
Punjab Tourism to launch Dhaba Scheme in association with CCHM
  The Department of Tourism in association with Chandigarh College of Hotel Management, (CCHM) Landran in Punjab will soon launch a ‘Dhaba Scheme’ in the state. Under this scheme, more>>
MakeMyTrip introduces Holiday Homes for rentals for outbound tourists
  Online travel agent, MakeMyTrip, now offers travellers the option of booking villas, serviced apartments and holiday homes spread over 60 countries across the world. Both leisure and business more>>
NIHTM releases tender for four-star hotel in campus
  In order to cater to the growing business travellers to Hyderabad, the National Institute of Tourism & Hospitality Management (NITHM) has released a tender to develop a four-star hotel more>>
IRCTC works on budget hotel project in Chandigarh
  With an aim to provide tourists with the budget accommodation, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has started working on its pending budget hotel project more>>
Jet Airways joins hands with Carlson and Sarovar
  Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege, a frequent flyer programme, is collaborating with players in the hospitality, entertainment and banking sectors, in order to offer its customers a broader service spectrum. more>>
Extending hospitality from home to hotel
Every year March 8th is globally celebrated as International Women’s Day. With a view to acknowledge their contribution to the hospitality industry, Hospitality Biz speaks to women managers across different departments to find out the challenges and hardships they had to face to reach the top more>>
“We have a wonderful format which is why people love HICSA”
Going into its fifth edition, Hotel Investment Conference – South Asia (HICSA) will have additional features in sync with the changing trends in the hospitality industry in South Asia. Manav Thadani, Managing Director, HVS-India, shares the highlights of the sought-after conference with Hospitality Biz more>>

Constructing hotels in a high seismic zone
With the boom in the hospitality and travel industries, a large number of hotel projects are coming up in Delhi. However, it also falls in a high seismic risk zone. Hospitality Biz details some of the best ways to construct a hotel in high seismic risk prone areas more>>

Ladies first
The Indian hospitality industry lost its most loved stalwart, Padma Shri Thangam Philip E Philip, on January 28, 2009. She has groomed many a careers and mentored many more. She was perhaps one of the most loved people in the Indian hospitality industry. more>>

Molinaro Koger Hotels (India) Pvt Ltd: Siddharth Killekar, Assistant Vice President
Siddharth Killekar joins Molinaro Koger, India as the Assistant Vice President, India. He has over eight years of experience in operations more>>


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