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Grant of Infrastructure Status to Hotel Industry

The Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) notifies the Harmonised Master List of Infrastructure Sub-sectors. The Government of India Gazette notification dated 7th October, 2013 inter-alia have the entries in respect of hotel industry in the category of “Social and Commercial Infrastructure”


Hyatt Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

Currently marketing for sale eight full service hotels and more than 40 select service hotels. We expect to maintain our brand presence on each hotel upon sale. Occupancy increased 70 basis points and ADR increased 2.8% (2.9% excluding the effect of currency) compared to the same period in 2013.

Sarna - New MD and CEO of Taj Lake Palace

Taj Hotels is internationally acclaimed for its excellence in providing the finest and most unique hospitality experiences. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries are collectively known as Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and is recognised as one of Asia’s largest and finest hotel companies.

Elite retreats in exclusive locations

Guests will be treated to relaxing meditation sessions and sunset yoga sessions with Tara Stiles both on the resort’s luxury yacht, ESCAPE, and on Gaathafushi, the lush private island which forms port of W Retreat & Spa - Maldives’ appeal to the jet set.

Hilton plans to add more hotels in India

India, as a continuously growing and evolving market, offers enormous opportunities. The metropolitan cities have the capacity to absorb a larger inventory and aggressive economic growth in other regions and cities make these markets even more important. Therefore we are increasing footprint through multi-brand and multiple-partner strategy in India.-( Daniel Welk, Vice President of Operations for India)

Peppermint Hospitality gets a fresh breath of 2,200 hotel rooms

Baljee’s Peppermint Hospitality has acquired around 2,200 operational hotel rooms across India with the acquisition of Bangalore-based Boutique Hotel Management & Marketing Services Ltd, which had 60 hotels in its portfolio. “We have disbanded the traditional idea of the management contract and will work with all hotel owners on a performance-led, need-based management contract model. - (Arjun Baljee)

Chef Marty Kindleysides - Executive Chef at Sheraton Bangalore

Marty can breathe new life into any menu. He is extremely passionate about fine dining & Pan-Asian cuisine

Dehlavi signatures at ITC Grand Chola

Reminisce the Delhi of yore as ITC Grand Chola, Chennai recreates the diverse and authentic flavours of Dehlavi cuisine. The special menu has been extensively researched and created by award-winning guest Chef Manisha Bhasin. Surrender your taste budsto a lavish northern feastat Madras Pavilion and Café Mercara Express from the 23rd to the 28th of July.

Sheraton Macao Hotel’s DreamWorks Dragon Adventure

Based on the DreamWorks movie ‘How to Train Your Dragon II’, the Dragon Training Camp is designed for children aged 4 - 12 where they can learn to become junior dragon trainers.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts to debut Westin brand in Mauritius

The Westin Turtle Bay extends our longstanding partnership with Blue Ocean Park, and it is a key addition to our growing collection of Westin resorts in the region. The resort is an ideal leisure destination. Guests will experience a memorable stay in the beautiful natural marine park of Turtle Bay. - Michael Wale (President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East)

Experience The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho

The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, overlooking the famed Western Group of Temples, offers the ‘Ultimate Aphrodisiac Experience’ package. Embark on an unforgettable holiday that is sure to engage your senses. Check in to a room with uninterrupted view of the famed temples.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts opens Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park

With 191 stylish guest rooms including 13 Suites, Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park is located within the 4.5 million square feet Prestige Cessna Business Park which houses marquee IT companies.

“At Lords, value for every penny the guest pays matters”

Despite today’s extremely competitive market scenario, within just a few years of operations, Lords has already been bestowed with accolades for its endeavors, providing all important ingredients to fuel growth.

Surjan Singh Jolly - Achievements over Two Decades

His love and passion for food has increased his knowledge on ingredients and inspires him to travel on endless expeditions to explore the nuances of authentic and traditional cuisine.

Marriott Expands Mobile Check-in and Checkout Services

As part of its global mobile strategy, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) is announcing a significant expansion of the company’s popular mobile check-in and checkout feature. Now, eleven additional brands - The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels, Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and Marriott Executive Apartments* - are joining the nearly 500 properties of the company’s flagship Marriott Hotels brand in providing mobile check-in and checkout to guests. With these latest additions, these services are immediately available at 1,200 properties worldwide, and will be live at more than 4,000 hotels worldwide by year-end.

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea included in “World’s 10 Best Spas”

Luxury age-defying mud treatments are among the top attractions at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea. The resort’s award-winning Zara Dead Sea Spa, has been voted as the ‘Hottest Spa in The World’. Jordan is the only country from the Middle East to feature in the Top 10 Spa Destinations.

Marriott International eyes 13 Fairfield hotels in India in 3 years

The US-headquartered hospitality major is currently planning to develop properties in cities including Bengaluru, Sriperumbedur, Indore, Katra, Goa, Kathmandu, Belgaum, Kochi, Jodhpur, Lucknow, Surat and Amritsar representing about 1,863 rooms.

TGB appoints Suril Udeshi as Head - Franchise

His proficiency and expertise lies in providing operational guidance to infrastructure companies, hotels, restaurants, spa, club houses and outdoor catering segment.

Westin Pune Koregaon Park appoints, Amit Prakash as Director of Sales

Amit has made an everlasting impression in the hospitality industry.

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