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JOBS| EXCEUTIVE - OFFICE CORDINATION

Mayfair Hotels & Resorts Limited invites applications for EXCEUTIVE - OFFICE CORDINATION for its Regional Office East - Kolkata

EXCEUTIVE - OFFICE CORDINATION- LOOKING AFTER RESERVATIONS, TELECALLING, FIT GUESTS , REPORTS AND DRAFTING LETTERS.

SHOULD BE FROM THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY , PREFERED FEMALE CANDIDATES, EXPERIENCE OF MINIMUM OF ONE YEAR PLUS.

POSTING - KOLKATA ( MAYFAIR HOTELS & RESORTS LIMITED - REGIONAL OFFICE EAST).

All this requirements are for calcutta, please note salary will be matched at par with knowledge and skills. Please refer to our website for details www.mayfairhotels.com



Please mail your resume WITH PHOTHOGRAPH to pinakguha@mayfairhotels.com


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NEWS| Hotel Leelaventure to step up presence in north India

Hotel Leelaventure Ltd plans to set up hotels in Jaipur and Agra to boost its presence in northern India, its top official said. The company, which owns and operates properties in Bangalore, Mumbai, Kovalam and Goa, expects its Udaipur property to be completed in January 2009, Vice Chairman, Vivek Nair said in an interview.

Udaipur, Jaipur and Agra are popular tourist destinations. "We are in advanced stages of tying up the land for that (Jaipur and Agra)," he said. The Jaipur and Agra hotels would have about 100-120 rooms, while most hotels in the region have about 80 rooms, he said. Room rates in these places are about 20,000 rupees a day, he added.


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NEWS| Big Mac readies high-margin menu to drive profit, growth

In what is its most significant shift in strategy since it entered the country 11 years ago, McDonald’s India is altering its volumes-led strategy to focus on profitability and value growth, following a diktat from its global parent. Having broken even in the domestic market last year, Big Mac India is looking at upgrading consumers through a series of initiatives all of which are in the process of being fine-tuned and rolled out. These will include introducing high-priced, high-margin products, adopting differential pricing depending on geographical location of restaurants and setting up additional outlets in upmarket multiplexes, food courts and high-street malls, among other measures.

With growth rates of 30%, India and China are now among the fastest growing countries in Big Mac’s global footprint. The change in strategy stems from the fact that now that the global major has established itself as a volumes player in countries like India, it should begin driving profits.

Speaking to ET, McDonald’s (North) India MD Vikram Bakshi said: “All along, we have based our strategy on building volumes, but driving profitability is very much the focus now. We are tweaking our strategy so that we are able to achieve both — improving profitability and adding to volumes. The idea is to capture a bigger spend from the customer.”
He said the fast food major would achieve this through better asset management and efficient unit economics. For example, restaurant formats such as drive-through’s, kiosks and delivery models would be set up and tweaked to suit different geographical locations.

complete article| source ET>

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NEWS| IHCL plans to set up 16 new hotels in FY 09

Continuing its aggressive growth agenda, Tata group company, Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) plans to add 16 new hotels in the fiscal 2009, a top company official said on Monday.

"As a part of our expansion plans, we plan to set up 16 new hotels with an addition of 2,080 rooms in FY 2009," IHCL's Managing Director, Raymond Bickson said.

The company also sees a buoyant 70 per cent occupancy rate and a 15 per cent growth in average room rates, Bickson said.

In FY 2008, IHCL had 86 hotels with 10,300 rooms capacity.

IHCL is setting up a new residency hotel at Bangalore and adding 142 rooms at Taj Lands End in Mumbai by July 2008, Bickson said.

The company also plans new hotels at Varanasi, Chennai and Vijayawada with two residential hotels slated for Trivandrum and Panjim, he said.

Abroad, the company plans new properties in joint ventures at Phuket and Thimpu. It is also developing hotel 0properties at Capetown in South Africa, Dubai and Morocco.


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NEWS| Taj Group rejigs interiors to shape up business

The Taj Group of Hotels is phasing out the business hotel brand Taj Residency and planning to launch the Taj Premium brand. In addition, the company is looking at strengthening its mid-market business hotel brand Taj Gateway.

According to an industry source, Indian Hotel Company, the owner of the Taj Group of Hotels, felt that the properties under Taj Residency were inconsistent. While some properties like the one in Bangalore are positioned as five-star hotels, others are positioned in the mid-market category.

Therefore, as per its new strategy, the hotel group would do a brand alignment. The properties with lower revenue per room (RevPAR) will be brought under its four-star brand Gateway while the ones performing better will be renamed Taj Premium. The first Taj Premium property is likely to debut in Bangalore by the end of the next month. An email query to the company did not elicit a response.

complete article source Economic Times>



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NEWS| Three Oberoi Hotels in World's Top Ten

The Travel Plus Leisure magazine's 13th annual poll announcing Annual Awards for the Worlds Hotels lists three Oberoi Hotels in the Top 10 with a Taj property being the lone other entry to make to the Top 100 list.

Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur won the second ranking by scoring 95.7 and thus climbing from last year's 11th spot.


Following have been chosen as the Top 10 Hotels in the world:

1. Singita Sabi Sand & Kruger National Park, South Africa
2. Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur, India
3. Fairmont Mara Safari Club Masai Mara, Kenya
4. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
5. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana
6. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
7. Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
8. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa
9. Tortilis Camp, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
10. Domaine des Hauts de Loire, Onzain, France

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This is a question that has been asked a hundred times and maybe more. And in the past 22 odd years of aasociation with this industry I have seen some of the best General Managers are non hotel management graduates.

Years back the most popular hotel chain-EIH or what is better known as the "Oberois" started taking on MT's from non-hotel management background and succeeded in training making some of the best general managers in the industry.

I have seen the most unlikely candidates make it really big in hotels and I guess all of us have heard of Major Rehman in the ITC Welcomgroup who got into operations from such a different back ground and today is in a very senior position in the company.

Now the question arises if it is unfair to take on non HM graduates and allow them into the system. Well many HM graduates eventually choose not to work in hotels and have made it big in allied or totally alien fields.

Its a give and take and what matter most at the end of the day is the ATTITUDE one has to accept this industry and succceed...the same goes for all the industries!!

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