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Orange County Resorts Announce the Opening of Orange County, Kabini

Orange County Resorts & Hotels Ltd., a brand symbolic of luxury resorts in India, today set another benchmark in luxury by announcing the opening of its new luxury resort, Orange County, Kabini. Retaining Orange County’s values of respect for the purity of nature and culture of the land, this resort, inspired in design by the mud-walled Hadis (Village) of the Kadu Kurubas, is built on the banks of the Kabini River, in the land of the Kadu kuruba tribe of Nagarhole forest in Karnataka, India.

The property is spread across 20-acres of land and has been built in 16 months, with an investment of Rs. 20 crores (US $5 million). Truly tribal in character, the cottages have been built using a high degree of local environment friendly material, to blend-in with the surroundings.

Orange County - Kabini offers two kinds of tribal themed suites, 26 Jacuzzi Huts and 8 Pool Huts. Both feature a spacious bedroom, en-suite bathroom, a separate living room and two sit outs designed in the inimitable…

Five-star hotels allowed to operate casinos in Goa

The state government has permitted managements of five-star hotels to operate casinos, wherein only slot machines were allowed, but somehow the authorities failed to tap the source of additional income that could have flowed from them.

Though the state is a global tourist destination, it does not have enough infrastructure or amenities to retain tourists for a longer duration as such the authorities allowed setting up of casinos that would help the hoteliers retain tourists for longer period as well as it would generate some income for the state.

In order to prevent misuse of such facilities, the state authorities allowed only five-star and above category hotels to set up these “gaming” facilities so as to prevent the common man from ‘squandering’ his earnings.

Initially the operators were permitted to operate the casinos on payment of licence fee of Rs 10 lakh and they had to pay an annual recurring fee of Rs 40,000 for the mother machine and for every additional machine Rs 30,000 each.…

Oberoi and Hilton part ways

Written by Anurag on Thursday, September 27, 2007 · India, Corporate

The 4 year long marketing and co-branding agreement between East India Hotels and Hilton International has been terminated effective April 2008. As such 8 ‘Trident Hilton’ properties in India having 1900 rooms would be rebranded as ‘Trident’ while the ‘The Hilton Towers’ in Mumbai would be known as ‘Trident Towers’.The existing properties were mostly situated at leisure destinations and positioned at 5-star segment. The alliance was primarily setup wherein EIH was responsible for management and marketing in India while Hilton was responsible for the sales and marketing of the hotels worldwide.Inspite of Trident Hilton properties accounting for 45% room inventory of East India Hotels, the occupancy rate was low and there wasn’t any significant improvement after alliance with Hilton.As such Oberois wanted to develop ‘Trident’ brand on their own and expand their reach in business destinations such as Mumbai, Bangalore, H…

Stay in India for free

Hotel rooms in India tend to be expensive and hard to find, but a new Web site is helping visitors find a bed, with a warm conversation thrown in, all for free.

While most hosts on offer a spare bed and an Internet connection, some offer sightseeing tours, endless cups of coffee or even a game of Scrabble to add that personal touch.

The Web site was born after its founder, Kiruba Shankar, randomly contacted bloggers in Mumbai to see if anyone would put him up. He found several.

"The blogger I stayed with had a small house and he could only offer me a mat to sleep on," said Shankar, 34, who had tired of staying in hotels during his travels.

"But we had a lot of fun and ended up playing videogames all night. I preferred sleeping on the ground at this guy's place rather than stay in irritatingly clean and inhuman hotels."

Shankar floated the Web site in January and immediately found takers for the free hospitality network service. The site is similar to…