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HICSA 2009 to conduct Hotels of the Year Awards
  The fifth edition of the Annual Hotel Investment Conference South Asia (HICSA) to be held at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai on April 1–2, 2009 will acknowledge hotels across the region more>>
Major hotel players in the running for DIAL’s hospitality district

According to the Economic Times, upmarket and budget hotel chains like Royal Orchid, ITC, EIH, Leelaventure, DB Realty and Lemon Tree are in the running to open hotel more>>

HRAWI to organise security management seminar on March 25, 2009
  Hotel and Restaurant Association Western India (HRAWI) is organising a 'Security Management' seminar on March 25, 2009 at the Taj President, Mumbai. The seminar will start at 3 pm more>>
India’s tourist arrivals up to 5,00,000 in February 2009
  According to a Asia Property Report, the number of foreign tourist arrivals in India touched the figure of 5,00,000 in February 2009, 13,000 more than January 2009. “In February 2009, more>>
India’s first Food Franchising Workshop to be held in New Delhi
  The Indian F&B industry is presently observing a 24 per cent growth and is expected to maintain 25 to 40 per cent growth momentum year on year, according to a research conducted by the more>>
APTDC to promote Religious Tourism in the state
  The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) is all set to focus on promoting Religious Tourism in the state. In addition to its existing pilgrim-cum-tourist spots like Tirupati more>>
Romania and Bulgaria eye a share in the Indian wine market
  India’s wine consumption is about seven ml per person per annum according to official figures from the Karnataka State Beverage Corporation. However, internationally, wine producers are more>>
Accor inaugurates Hyderabad hotel, plans 13 more
  Accor, a European hospitality chain, inaugurated its second Novotel property on March 14, 2009. The hotel built adjacent to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad in Hyderabad more>>
SCS eyes tier II locations for expansion in India
  With an aim to expand in the Indian market, Sterling Construction Systems (SCS), an Australia-based construction firm, is considering tier II cities like Nagpur to develop its more>>
Pride to open 12 more Pride Biznotel by 2010 end
  In a bid to have a pan India presence with its management brand Pride Biznotel, Pride Group of Hotels plans to come up with 12 more Pride Biznotels by 2010 end. Presently, more>>
Hiranandani to set up new hotels across India
  Mumbai-based Hiranandani Group has chalked out an investment plan of Rs 640 Crore to set up hotels across India in the next two-three years. The group is expected to set up these hotels in Mumbai, more>>
ROHL to open its second fully owned and managed property by end 2010
  Royal Orchid Hotels Limited (ROHL) plans to come up with its second owned and managed property in India, Royal Orchid Hyderabad, by end 2010. The group has five more more>>
Hilton to add new hotel brand
  Hilton is adding a new global lifestyle brand - Denizen Hotels - to the Hilton family of brands. Active development negotiations are currently underway for resorts and destinations in key more>>
Internet bookings to surge in downturn: IPK International
  Internet bookings are set to surge in the downturn, according to new predictions in the latest trends report from ITB Berlin. The demand for domestic travel will stay stable or grow, more>>
Srinagar-based boutique hotel Dar-Es-Salam to enhance business by listing itself on GDS and IDS this year
  Srinagar-based Dar-Es-Salam, a boutique hotel is looking for better sales this year with the opening of the new international airport at Srinagar. With chances of high sales margins, more>>
Farm-to-fork approach needed to fight food scares
Food scares need to be combated with a comprehensive 'farm-to-fork approach' by manufacturers and vendors to ensure total quality more>>
“New projects are hard to come by”
R Kumar, CMD, Continental Equipment India; and Chairman of the newly launched joint venture company, Desmon Continental Frigo, in an exclusive chat with Hospitality Biz takes an earnest look at the unfolding project market scenario in the hospitality industry more>>

Managing career aspirations: A balancing act
Hotels keep reinventing HR strategies to satisfy employee expectations. Hospitality Biz finds out about industry initiatives that fulfil the hotel staff’s career aspirations in the wake of high attrition more>>

Good housekeeping: From the classes to the masses
Housekeeping’s role has been crucial since time immemorial; it has changed many fold, both in terms of service providers (housekeepers) and service users (guests). Ashish Dahiya explains how the markets have become more sophisticated and guests are increasingly aware about health, hygiene and good housekeeping more>>


Plug internal security loopholes
The message from Mumbai is loud and clear. Hotels need to beef up their internal security like never before, and the industry needs to invest much more into it. Hospitality Biz reports more>>


Celebrating art at The Grand Hyatt
A guest’s initial perceptions about a hotel’s offerings are based on the aesthetic value of its interiors. The Grand Hyatt, Mumbai has put great effort into enhancing its inner space, with artwork revolving around a central theme. Hospitality Biz finds out more about this unique concept. more>>
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