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NEWS| Kerala plans new hotels and resorts in bid to woo tourists

Kerala hopes to generate 1.2mn more jobs and earn Rs560bn in revenue from its booming tourism industry by 2013, a minister said yesterday.

“Last year, the industry generated Rs120bn, 26% up from the previous year, and with a focused marketing campaign worldwide, we hope to achieve this target easily. The ‘responsible tourism initiative’ launched last year is also helping the industry in a big way,” the state’s Home and Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said.
With more than 1mn people working in the sector, tourism is the biggest employment provider in Kerala that has more than half of employable youths working outside their home state.

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NEWS| Intl| The Waldorf=Astoria Announces the Opening of First Guerlain Spa

The Waldorf=Astoria Collection, Guerlain and Spa Chakra, Inc. announced today the opening of the much-anticipated Guerlain Spa at the renowned Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. This spa marks the first in a strategic alliance between the three parties, with future Guerlain Spas planned for new build Waldorf=Astoria hotels and resorts in gateway cities worldwide.

The signature item on the menu, The Waldorf ImpA(C)riale, has been designed to embrace and reflect the identity of The Waldorf=Astoria Collection. Guerlain, in collaboration with The Collection, developed the two-hour ritual to be available only for visitors and guests of The Waldorf=Astoria Collection. The treatment, priced at $510, creates a cocooning experience, focused on sensory renewal with a body massage and facial using Guerlain's age-defying OrchidA(C)e ImpA(C)riale skincare.

Occupying a majority of the 19th floor of the famed Waldorf Towers, the 14,000 square-foot Guerlain Spa will feature 16 treatment rooms, consisting of 13 dry rooms with their own bathroom and three fully appointed wet therapy suites for Hydrotherapy and Vichy shower, a state-of-the-art footbath lounge, interconnecting and double rooms for couples and groups, freshly prepared beverages and stunning views of Midtown Manhattan.


NEWS| India Hospitality Corporation reports preliminary 1Q09 results

Fiscal first quarter 2009 highlights

-- Total revenue increased 52% year-over-year to $10.5 million.
-- EBITDA increased 46% year-over-year to $1.9 million.
-- IHC's Board appointed Ravi Deol as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mars Restaurants

Fiscal First Quarter 2009 Preliminary Results

For the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2008, India Hospitality reported unaudited revenue of $10.5 million -- a 52% increase from the prior-year period. Top line growth was boosted by an approximate 65% increase in revenue from IHC's SkyGourmet division to $8.7 million, aided by increased demand for meals, as well as the opening of a new kitchen during calendar 2008 and a significant increase in capacity at the company's Delhi Air Catering Unit at the end of the prior fiscal year. Total meals served for the fiscal first quarter 2009 increased 57%.

Revenue at Mars Restaurants increased to $2.7 million, an 11% improvement over the prior-year period. The results at Mars were driven by a 17% increase in average room revenue (ARR) at the Gordon House Hotels and restaurant same-store sales increases of 7%. No new outlets were opened or closed during the quarter.

Total combined adjusted EBITDA for India Hospitality for fiscal first quarter 2009 was $1.9 million compared to $1.3 million in the prior-year period, a 46% increase. Margins expanded at both Mars Restaurants and SkyGourmet; however, consolidated margins decreased as a result of IHC parent company operating costs which began to be accounted for in July 2007 and were thus not a factor in prior-year results.

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NEWS| Intl| KL Market to see explosion

Market to see additional 5,600 rooms with 4 and 5-star rating

Those that will be completed this year include Hotel Grand Mercure Putrajaya Lakeside owned by the French-based Accor Group, Maytower Hotel Service Apartments owned by Mayland Group, Royal Chulan Tower Hotel & Residence owned by Boustead Group and Gardens Hotel and Residences owned by IGB Group.

Among the world-renowned brands that will make their debut are the 240-room Four Seasons Hotel in the KLCC vicinity that is scheduled for completion in 2013, while the St Regis Hotel in KL Sentral, with a minimum of 200 hotel rooms, is scheduled to open for business in 2014.

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