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Swine flu scare triggers precautionary measures in hotels
  In the wake of swine flu reports in foreign countries, domestic hotels have implemented certain precautionary measures to ensure guest and employee safety. Most upscale properties have familiarised their employees with the virus, its causes and effects more>>
Goa casino operators unite against pressure from political and civil groups
  Casino operators in Goa have decided to collectively stave off the sustained pressure heaped on them by civil society groups and political parties, who want offshore casino vessels to sail away from the state. John Snowball, Spokesperson for the newly formed more>>
Bengaluru Police issues security handbook for public places
  The Bengaluru Police Department has come out with a handbook concerning the required benchmark for security at public places like hotels, malls and multiplexes, as per The Times of India. The handbook includes a ‘quick reference security checklist’ that more>>
Banaskantha in Gujarat enforces security measures at hotels
  According to a report on, the Sub Divisional Magistrate of Banaskantha district in Gujarat has instructed every ‘dharamshala’, hotel and guesthouse in the area to adopt certain security measures. The properties have been ordered more>>
IHCL grabs 2.25 million shares of Orient Express Hotels
  Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) has acquired 2.25 million shares of New York-listed Orient Express Hotels (OEH) through its subsidiary Samsara Properties for 12.3 million USD more>>
DLF might dispose of 50% of stake in Saket hotel
  According to the Economic Times, realty major DLF plans to dispose of 50 per cent of its shares from a 120 room hotel property in Saket, Gurgaon, which is scheduled to open in the ongoing quarter. The deal is said to be in the final stages of negotiation with more>>
RE Capital India to invest in niche hospitality projects
  With an aim to develop niche hospitality concepts in India, RE Capital India Fund (RECIF), an investment, management and advisory institution, plans to establish a project comprising more>>
Sterling Holiday will decide on preferential issue at EGM
  According to a PTI report, hospitality firm Sterling Holiday Resorts India Ltd has announced that it will seek its shareholders’ nod on May 25, 2009 to raise Rs 33.34 Crore through private placement on preferential basis. The shareholders will consider approving an more>>
Agoda and the Oberoi Group team up, an online hotel booking service in Asia and a part of, has announced its hotel portfolio’s expansion via a partnership with India-based Oberoi Group, more>>
KFC to launch 12 outlets in India by 2010
  According to, KFC Holdings (Malaysia) Bhd is spreading its footprint in India, with plans to open 10 new outlets in Mumbai and another two in Pune by end 2010. The project will more>>
Raffles International College to open in Bengaluru
  According to, Educomp Solutions Ltd has plans to put up a Raffles International College in Bengaluru in collaboration with Raffles Education Corporation Ltd (REC). The college will more>>
Taj GVK Hotels announces net profit of Rs 53 Crore
  According to a Hindustan Times report, Taj GVK Hotels and Resorts has announced net profit for the FY ended March 31, 2009 as Rs 52.77 Crore. Total income for the year was recorded at more>>
CavinKare enters restaurant segment
  According to The Economic Times, CavinKare, an FMCG player, plans to enter India’s restaurant sector with the launch of a fast food chain in the country. The first outlet will be situated in more>>
KAT will open new centres in north India
  Kuoni Academy of Travel (KAT) will open new centres in north India soon. These new centres will be located in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Himachal Pradesh. According to more>>
Michael Rolland introduces Rolland Collection of wines in Bengaluru
  According to the Deccan Herald, wine consultant Michael Rolland recently visited Bengaluru to launch the Rolland Collection of wines in India. It is a Bordeaux wine range with five appellations more>>
KMO International to introduce Marani vodka in India
  Bengaluru-based business conglomerate, KMO International, is in the process of launching a premium vodka brand, Marani, in India. The vodka will be introduced in key markets, like Mumbai, more>>

HICSA 2009 round up
This year, the Indian hospitality industry was in need of a positive trigger to ignite its growth engine; HICSA 2009 provided it. Hospitality Biz presents a comprehensive round up more>>

Combating the rise in HLP costs

An already distressed hotel trade, fighting market recession and an overall global slowdown, is perpetually affected by high energy costs. Hospitality Biz highlights some strategies devised to curb these mounting costs more>>
A fine balance between regular and outsourced staff is ideal: Col Jagat Raj Trikha
Col Jagat Raj Trikha (Retd), Executive Director, Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI), the apex body of private security agencies in India, in a one-on-one with Hospitality Biz, about issues related to hotel security and CAPSI’s role in training and awareness building. more>>
Making hotels safe from the start
Pramoda Karkal, Managing Director & Chairman, Johnson Controls, India speaks about security issues to be considered while designing a hotel more>>

JW Marriott : Faiek EL Saadani, Director of F&B, Mumbai
Faiek EL Saadani joins JW Marriott Mumbai as Director of F&B. His association with Marriott Group began with his appointment as the Banquet Manager at JW Marriott, Dubai in the year 2003. more>>


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