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An upcoming upmarket resort from the Kamat Group of Hotels in Baroda, invites applications for all departments, all levels.

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Please send the following as part of the application:
1. Your updated resume with photograph
2. Your current salary
3. Expected Date of Joining if you are selected.

Send your resume to gm.lotusbaroda@yahoo.co.in

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NEWS| Global Hyatt Corporation begins 2008 with aggressive growth pace




On the heels of the recent announcement of its new luxury brand, Andaz™, and reaching the 100-hotel milestone of Hyatt Place hotels in the United States, one of the world's leading hospitality companies, continues its global development pace at an unprecedented speed. With more than 50 full service hotels in the pipeline, Hyatt has announced 14 hotels under development in greater China alone, as well as five hotels in Russia/CIS with other high-profile properties to open in Europe, Middle East, and The Americas.

Global projects recently opened or underway include:

EUROPE AND MIDDLE EAST

* Hyatt Regency Kiev (234 Rooms, Opened July 2007) - Sleek and stylish, Hyatt Regency Kiev opened with 234 generously sized deluxe rooms, including 25 suites. Rooms are geared towards the comfort and needs of the global business traveler with high-tech communications and ergonomic working areas. Luxurious bathrooms with
under floor heating, deep-soaking baths and exceptional rain showers set the scene for a unique in-room experience.

* Andaz Liverpool Street (267 Rooms, Opened November 2007) - The first in a series to launch globally under the new Andaz™ brand, the Liverpool Street property is a lynch pin between corporate and creative East London. Offering an eclectic array

of activities, the hotel develops and integrates cultural and design indigenous accents such as bespoke monthly East End Contemporary Art tours, iPods on loan with play
lists by neighborhood characters and personalities, an art collection in the guest corridors by local up-and-coming artists, as well as five dining concepts on property.

* Park Hyatt Istanbul - Maçka Palas (90 Rooms, Third Quarter 2008) - Located in the chic Nisantasi residential and shopping district, Park Hyatt Istanbul - Maçka Palas will be housed in the restored art deco palace, originally built in 1922. Under the design direction of New York based Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, the refurbished hotel will house 90 generously sized deluxe rooms, a number of exclusive suites, a spa, and specialty designer stores.

* Grand Hyatt Doha (248 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2008) - With a blend of ancient and modern architecture, Grand Hyatt Doha will include 268 rooms, a 16,000 square foot ballroom, private beach, spa and health club and a variety of restaurants and retail shops.

* Hyatt Regency Dushanbe (220 Rooms, Third Quarter 2008) - Located in the city center on the grounds of City Park and adjacent to Lake Komsomol, Hyatt Regency Dushanbe will be designed by the award-winning architectural firm NBBJ. The hotel will reflect the city's flavor in the design of the 240 rooms and suites, as well as feature a variety of food and beverage outlets, including two restaurants, a lobby lounge and a nightclub. Other facilities will include an extensive spa, health and fitness center, and pool.

* Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg (301 Rooms, Third Quarter 2008) - Located in the city center on the bank of the River Iset, Hyatt Regency Yekaterinburg will be designed by renowned Parisian architects Valode & Pistre. In keeping with the Hyatt
Regency concept, the hotel will reflect the city's flavor in the design of its 300 rooms and suites.

* Park Hyatt Jeddah - a Spa and Conference Resort at the Equestrian Club (142 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2008) - A part of a resort complex featuring a marina, large convention and banqueting venue, and spa and health club, Park Hyatt Jeddah will be the first luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia offering unrestricted access to the seafront.

* Park Hyatt Casares (168 Rooms, Second Quarter 2009) - Ideally located in the south of the renowned resort destination on Spain's Costa del Sol, Park Hyatt Casares will feature luxurious rooms, offering either deep balconies or expansive terraces, all boasting breathtaking views of the Caseres Beach and the Mediterranean Sea. Guests will enjoy additional amenities, including an all day dining restaurant and bar and lobby lounge, 15,000 square foot spa with signature treatments, outdoor pool and 18-hole golf course.

* Grand Hyatt Moscow (362 Rooms, Second Quarter 2010) - A part of the spectacular new downtown that will also be a home to the city's government, Grand Hyatt Moscow will be housed in a 94-story building situated just 2.5 miles northwest of the Kremlin on the Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment. The hotel will also feature a Sky Lobby on the 92nd floor, spa on the 60th floor, restaurants on the 91st and 93rd floors, as well as serviced apartments and office space. Grand Hyatt Moscow will be Europe's tallest hotel.

* Grand Hyatt Beirut (348 Rooms, Second Quarter 2010) - Centrally located in Beirut's prime business district, the sleek and stylish Grand Hyatt Beirut will offer generously sized deluxe rooms geared toward the needs of the global business traveler. Guests will choose between a variety of restaurants and bars, which will include al fresco dining at the poolside restaurant. Other amenities featured will be conference facilities, a business center, outdoor pool, fitness center and spa.

* Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf (286 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2010) - Modern in design, Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf is scheduled to open in the Dusseldorf MedienHafen an emerging business district on the bank of the Rhine River. Located in one of two twin towers at the foremost tip of a peninsula, a graceful pedestrian bridge will link the

16-story hotel to the lively neighborhood on the opposite side of the harbor. Facilities at the hotel will include multiple restaurants and bars, as well as a health club, spa and swimming pool.

Additional projects in Europe and the Middle East include:

* Hyatt Regency Riga (160 Rooms, Second Quarter 2010)
* Hyatt Regency Minsk (270 Rooms, First Quarter 2010)
* Hyatt Regency Lisbon (88 Rooms, Third Quarter 2010)

* Park Hyatt T'bilisi (182 Rooms, Second Quarter 2010)
* Hyatt at Capital Centre (200 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2009)
* Grand Hyatt Frankfurt (405 Rooms, 2012)

ASIA PACIFIC

* Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai (631 Rooms, Opened June 2007) - Located on the northern end of the legendary Bund, arguably the most famous thoroughfare in Shanghai, Hyatt on the Bund, Hyatt's second hotel in Shanghai, has been built and angled so that all rooms will benefit from a spectacular view of either the historical architecture down the Bund or modern skyscraper-lined Pudong across the river, maximizing its prime location on the western banks of the Huangpu River. The property features extensive meeting and banquet facilities, six restaurants and bars, a fitness center, a swimming pool and spa. With the 2008 opening of Park Hyatt Shanghai, Hyatt will have three hotels in Shanghai.

* Hyatt Regency Jing Jin City Resort and Spa, Tianjin (837 Rooms, Opened October 2007) - Located in Baodi, a hot spring resort 43 miles southeast of Beijing and 43 miles north of Tianjin, Hyatt Regency Jing Jin City Resort and Spa is a mixed-use real estate development. Featuring a luxurious conference hotel set on 40 square miles, the property resembles an ancient, mythical royal palace surrounded by a labyrinth of pathways, archways and waterways and features lush gardens and natural geothermal hot springs.

* Park Hyatt Beijing (237 Rooms, Third Quarter 2008) - Just in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the newest addition to the Park Hyatt brand will be Park Hyatt Beijing. The property will occupy the top floors of the dramatic 63-story building of
Beijing Yintai Centre, located in the heart of Beijing's Central Business District. Upon completion, Beijing Yintai Centre will become the tallest building on Changan
Avenue, Beijing's main east-west thoroughfare. The complex will include two office towers; luxurious Park Hyatt Residences and Penthouses; and Park Life, a lifestyle environment and retail center. The hotel will offer two restaurants, a lounge and bar
and superb luxury facilities, including: a fitness center, spa, indoor swimming pool and meeting and banquet facilities.

* Grand Hyatt Guangzhou (376 Rooms, Second Quarter, 2008) - Located within the city's new Central Business District of Tianhe and near the International Exhibition Center, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou will be part of a multi-purpose complex also featuring office space and retail outlets. In addition, the hotel will offer five restaurants and bars, a grand ballroom, a spa and fitness center and indoor swimming pool.

* Park Hyatt Shanghai (174 Rooms, Third Quarter 2008) - Featuring design akin to a sophisticated modern Chinese residence, Park Hyatt Shanghai will occupy the
79th to 93rd floors of the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), otherwise known as "The Vertical Complex City." This luxury hotel, designed by Tony Chi, will be situated in the heart of the Lujiazui business district in Pudong, and with its 101floors, it will make Park Hyatt Shanghai the highest hotel in the world. All guestrooms will have stunning city views and feature facilities to include a spa, restaurants and bars and meeting rooms. The hotel will be situated adjacent to Grand Hyatt Shanghai, which is currently the tallest hotel in the world.

* Park Hyatt Ningbo Resort and Spa (228 Rooms, Second Quarter 2009) - A two hour drive from Shanghai, Park Hyatt Ningbo Resort & Spa will be located on Dongqian Lake, one of the most scenic destinations in eastern China. The property will be constructed in low-rise buildings, featuring private villas with a spa, recreational facilities, meeting and banquet space and specialty restaurants.

* Grand Hyatt Shenzhen (400 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2009) - A part of City Crossing, one of the city's most exciting commercial developments, Grand Hyatt
Shenzhen will offer guests extensive meeting and business facilities, spa and recreational center, as well as a variety of restaurants and bars. The hotel, along with Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, will join the regional network of distinct Grand Hyatt hotels
that include award-winning properties in gateway cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei.

* Grand Hyatt Macau, (771 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2009) - Designed by Arquitectonica, Grand Hyatt Macau will be a part of the City of Dreams, a multi-purpose development located in Cotai, Macau. The property will offer guests a luxurious spa, and extensive meeting and banquet facilities. Its interior will combine luxurious décor and design, as well as accommodate a wide-range of event set ups.

* Park Hyatt Koh Samui (120 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2009) - Situated at the exclusive Thai resort on Thong Krut Bay, along Koh Samui's southern shoreline -Park Hyatt Koh Samui will comprise 90 luxurious hotel villas and a further 24 residential villas. The hilltop setting of the hotel offers guests spectacular views over the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding coastline, with fishing villages, coconut farms and palm beaches.

* Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa, (258 Rooms, Second Quarter 2010) - Located in the south central coast in Vietnam, the resort will offer a variety of guest accommodation including 258 guestrooms, 148 condominiums and 30 two storey
villas. The hotel will feature a variety of international dining outlets, spa and wellness facilities offering traditional and innovative therapies and grooming treatments, dedicated meeting and event services and extensive family-friendly leisure facilities.

Additional projects in Asia Pacific include:

* Hyatt Regency Chongqing (342 Rooms, Third Quarter 2009)
* Hyatt Regency Nanjing (428 Rooms, Second Quarter 2009)
* Hyatt Regency Beijing (352 Rooms, Second Quarter 2009)

* Hyatt Regency Hong Kong - Tsim Sha Tsui ( 364 Rooms, First Quarter 2009)
* Hyatt Regency Suzhou (440 Rooms, Second Quarter 2010)
* Hyatt Regency Chengdu (450 Rooms, Second Quarter 2010)

* Grand Hyatt Islamabad (360 Rooms, First Quarter 2010)
* Hyatt Regency Lahore (300 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2009)

LATIN AMERICA

* Park Hyatt Mexico City - Reforma, Mexico City, Mexico (150 Rooms, Second Quarter 2010) - Located within the impressive Capital Reforma development, a new
multi-purpose complex comprised of offices, high-end luxury Park Hyatt Residences and exclusive retail shops, Park Hyatt Mexico City will feature 150 luxury guestrooms and suites, two signature restaurants, a lounge and bar and superb luxury facilities including a two-floor spa and flexible meeting and banquet options.

Additional project in Latin America includes:

* Hyatt Regency Azulera Resort & Spa, Costa Rica (210 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2009)

UNITED STATES, CANADA AND CARRIBEAN

* Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Caribbean (428 Rooms, Opened February 2008) - Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Hyatt's first business and convention hotel in the Caribbean, is located 30 minutes from Piarco International Airport. Accommodating both large and small gatherings, the hotel is one of the few local venues to offer expansive state-of-the-art meeting facilities with its 43,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 16,000 square foot Grand Ballroom and a 10,000 square foot multipurpose facility. There are two restaurants, a lobby bar and lounge, and a rooftop bar and grill. In addition, the property features a 9,000 square foot spa and fitness center, serene rooftop pool and terrace and private entry to the waterfront esplanade and park adjacent to the hotel.

* Hyatt Regency Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino (350 Rooms, Third Quarter 2009) - Offering views second-to-none, Hyatt Regency Curacao will be a full-service upscale getaway, perfectly situated on two bodies of water: the Caribbean Sea and the large inland bay known as Spanish Waters.

* Andaz Wall Street, New York (250 Rooms, First Quarter 2009) - With a prime location at the corner of Wall And Water Street bordered by Pearl Street in the buzz of
the US financial district, the new seat of Manhattan luxury, Andaz Wall Street will
be the largest residential and multi-use project south of Canal Street. One of the first properties to open under Hyatt's newly launched luxury brand, this David Rockwell-designed hotel will express individual style and personal independence in an
environment of casual elegance, as well as offer local personality, innovative design and a relaxed atmosphere.

* Andaz Fifth Avenue, New York (208 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2009) - In the district that is home to Fashion Week, Bryant Park and New York's iconic Public Library, the corner of Fifth Avenue and 41st Street marks the epicenter of the newest avant-garde neighborhood for New York's most sophisticated personalities and renowned taste-makers - the ultimate abode for a signature Andaz hotel. Designed by the legendary Tony Chi, Andaz Fifth Avenue will personify the best of New York's within the brand's casual luxury setting - a partnership born out of destiny.

* Andaz Austin, Texas (210 Rooms, Third Quarter 2010) - The first Andaz™ to launch in Southern United States, Andaz Austin will reflect the distinctive local
culture, unique Southern hospitality, musically driven influences and environmental awareness so passionately embraced by this up-and-coming destination. The cornerstone of Austin's highly anticipated East Avenue development, the property will epitomize the legendary southern home within the contemporary parameters favored by today's elite traveler.

* The Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Las Vegas (3,000 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2010) - Through a partnership with 3700 Associates, Grand Hyatt Las Vegas will be the condominium-hotel residence of The Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Additional United States/Canada/Caribbean Openings:

* Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas (1,003 Rooms, First Quarter 2008)
* Hyatt at Olive 8, Seattle, Washington (350 Rooms, First Quarter 2009)
* Hyatt Clearwater Beach, Florida (250 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2009)
* Hyatt Regency Memphis, Tennessee - Beale Street (250 Rooms, Third Quarter 2010)
* Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront (910 Rooms, Fourth Quarter 2008)
* Hyatt Regency Toronto Airport (500 Rooms, First Quarter 2011)
* Hyatt Regency Toronto (385 Rooms, Third Quarter 2009)

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NEWS| ITDC to give 20% dividend for 2006-07 fiscal

Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) on Thursday (May 8) said it will give a dividend of 20% to its shareholders for the financial year 2006-07, reports agency sources.

ITDC, which has about 14 luxury hotels across the country under the `Ashoka` brand has announced the dividend after a gap of over nine years.

In the financial year 2006-07, it has earned a net profit of about Rs 1.05 billion an increase of over 100% as compared to Rs 510 million in the 2005-06 fiscal.

ITDC is also expecting a similar profit in 2007-08 fiscal. The company which has last announced the dividend for 1998-99 fiscal was running into losses till 2005, after which it has started yielding profits.

source| myiris.com

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NEWS| India to introduce visa on arrival for tourists

In a major change in its visa policies, India will soon introduce visa on arrival at its airports for foreign tourists, Kanthi Singh, the newly appointed Minister of State for Tourism and Culture of India, told Khaleej Times yesterday.

The move aims at giving a fillip to India’s tourism sector.

Kanthi Singh was addressing a Press conference during the ATM.

Currently, tourists visiting India have to obtain a visa from the Indian mission in their respective countries. “We have already introduced a facility of five-year multiple entry visa system for nationals of 18 countries,” she said.

This visa facility allows tourists from the 18 countries to stay in India for up to 90 days followed by their exit and re-entry again on the multiple entry visa,” she explained.

Riyasbabu/Khaleej Times

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NEWS| Intl| Singaore's Raffles hotel sold for $476 mln

Singapore's landmark Raffles Hotel, jointly owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Kingdom Hotels International and U.S. private equity firm Colony Capital, has been sold for about S$650 million ($476 million), a local newspaper reported on Thursday.

Colony bought the 121-year-old hotel, which comes with an adjoining shopping arcade, for about S$200 million in 2005 as part of a bigger S$1.7 billion acquisition of the Raffles Holdings hotel chain, the Business Times said.

It cited unnamed sources as saying a preliminary deal had been signed with an overseas buyer, a family trust probably linked to a European family. ($1=1.366 Singapore Dollar) (Reporting by Daryl Loo; Editing by Alan Raybould)

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NEW HOTELS| W Hotels Debuts in Europe: W Istanbul

Combining historical architecture with iconic design, the first of this hotel brand in Europe is located in the cultural center of one of the world's most dynamic cities.

Owned by Akaretler Otel Isletmeciligi ve Turizm A.S., W Istanbul will serve as the centerpiece of the Ottoman row houses amidst couture shopping and elite residences.

W Hotels Worldwide, the fastest growing luxury hotel brand in the world, will mark its entry into Europe today with the grand opening of W Istanbul. A glittering tower amidst gilded domes and minarets, W Istanbul embodies the multicultural and financial center of Istanbul, situated at the point where Europe meets Asia, ancient monuments meet sublime design, old world romance meets haute couture.

W Istanbul will feature Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Spice Market restaurant, specializing in the flavorful street food of Southeast Asia. Spice Market teases the taste buds with piquant elevations of the region's street cuisine where Jean-Georges' dishes boast the curries and spices of the region, all served within sensual interior decorations, creating a stylish, yet casual atmosphere and spectacular views of the Bosphorus, the renowned waterway between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.

W Istanbul's 134 luxurious guest rooms include suites and duplex suites of diverse categories, many having their own private gardens, terraces and cabanas, making it a unique destination within the destination. Each room offers a variety of decoration and light concepts creating a stylish blend of modern and Turkish design in perfect harmony.

W Istanbul guest rooms feature contemporary sophistication within the design with soaring ceilings, wooden arched frame windows, airy living spaces with tech and state-of-the-art entertainment systems, luxurious beddings with golden lights to the Extreme WOW two-bedroom suite and spectacular views over the Istanbul skyline and surrounding panoramic vistas.

Every guest room at W Istanbul will feature the W signature bed with pillow top mattresses and feather beds, 350-thread count cotton blend sheets, feather and goose down pillows, an oversized desk, clock radio with CD/DVD player, CD/DVD library,MP3 docking station, high-speed wireless internet and Ethernet connection, 32" inch TVs and in-room movies on demand, dual line cordless phone with data port, voicemail, speaker and conference capabilities, in-room W Istanbul features two exclusive meeting rooms and a private dining room. Creative in approach and innovative in design, W Istanbul promises to engage, energize and entertain the senses.



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PEOPLE| The Claridges: Rubal Chaudhry, General Manager, New Delhi

issue10_rubal_chaudhry.jpgRubal Chaudhry has joined The Claridges, New Delhi as its General Manager. With 11 years of experience in the Indian hospitality industry as well as overseas, Chaudhry has worked with leading hospitality chains like the InterContinental Hotel Group and Hyatt Regency. In his current position, he will be responsible for the overall management as well as operations at The Claridges, New Delhi, with a key focus on operational and service excellence.


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NEWS| Impresario to introduce 65 outlets across brands by 2010

Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality Pvt Ltd, is in the process of expanding its brand of restaurants and adding in 65 more outlets in its portfolio by 2010. The restaurant chain is primarily looking at expanding its brand of coffee shop Mocha and is looking at potential locations in tier one and two cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and National Capital Region.

“We will primarily be targeting student driven towns, so locations like Manipal are also being considered,” says Riyaaz Amlani, Managing Director, Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality Pvt Ltd.

For the expansion, the company has earmarked an investment of Rs 25 crore for this year and plans to raise Rs 50 crore through private equity in 2009. With the growing mall culture ensuring increased footfalls, the company is planning to increase using that route. Besides Mocha, the chain will also look at expanding its dessert retail chain, The Donut Co. as well as its fine dining restaurants Salt Water Grill and Smoke Water Grill. It is looking for potential locations for the restaurants.

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NEWS| Fortune Park to take highway route to expansion



Fortune Park Hotels, a subsidiary of ITC Ltd, plans to set up highway hotels called Fortune Stops along the Golden Quadrilateral, the express highway project by the National Highway Authority of India.

Fortune Park believes that India's road infrastructure is improving and also more people own cars these days. The company's other brand extensions will be Fortune Spots, Fortune Indovilles, Fortune Lodges and Fortune Adventure. For Fortune Spots, the company is also exploring strategic alliances with oil and gas majors for setting up hotels along key arterial roads. These hotels will provide accommodation facilities along with other value─added services in transit.

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