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NEWS| Taj Group plans to set up five star hotels in Bahrain


(MENAFN - Bahrain Tribune) Indian hospitality major, Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, part of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), plans to launch two five star hotels in the Kingdom under a management contract.

As part of its West Asia expansion, the company has formed a Joint Venture with a real estate developer to work on the two properties. The contract does not involve any capital expenditure from the Taj.

However, the hotel group will receive a management fee consisting of a fixed percentage of revenues earned, according to the Financial Chronicle.

The hotels, which will be located at Mahooz and Al Jafoor in Bahrain, are located in residential areas that are in close proximity to entertainment and F&B options. Both properties might be branded under the Taj Exotica umbrella.

Other current international Taj projects include properties in China, the Philippines and South Africa.






EDUCATION| IGNOU hospitality school | School of Tourism and Hospitality Service Sectoral Management (SOTHSSM)

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and the India branch (at Mumbai) of Orlando-based American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AH&LEI) recently tied up to start a 'School of Tourism and Hospitality Service Sectoral Management (SOTHSSM)'.

Apart from Tourism, the school will develop Hospitality courses as well.

The SOTHSSM has already launched its first academic programme for bachelor degree in International Hospitality Administration (BA-IHA) under an upgraded programme.

Alike Tourism, Hospitality also will be taught and trained through a mix of online, face-to-face and Open & Distance Learning (ODL) mode. The courses will be inter-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary and based on sectoral research.

A slew of new courses in hospitality will soon be offered from Certificate to PhD levels. Among programmes slated from January 2009 session will be an Integrated 5-year PhD programme in Hospitality, a bridge course for Diploma holders to enable them join the a PG programme, besides the already launched BA-IHA programme.




FINANCIALS| Marriott International Reports Third Quarter Results

Worldwide comparable company-operated revenue per available room (REVPAR) rose 3.4 percent (1.1 percent using constant dollars) for the third quarter ended September 5, 2008



Third Quarter Highlights:



-- Worldwide comparable company-operated revenue per available room (REVPAR) rose 3.4 percent (1.1 percent using constant dollars) for the third quarter ended September 5, 2008,



-- Outside North America, comparable company-operated REVPAR increased 13.4 percent (5.7 percent using constant dollars) with double-digit growth in South and Central America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East,



-- In a weak economic environment, North American comparable company-operated REVPAR declined 1.0 percent with a 1.6 percent increase in average rate,



-- The company's worldwide pipeline of hotels under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development totaled over 130,000 rooms,



-- Over 6,500 rooms opened during the third quarter, including almost 2,300 rooms outside North America.













Marriott added 42 new properties (6,528 rooms) to its worldwide lodging portfolio in the third quarter, including a Marriott and a Renaissance in Beijing and The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. Six properties (838 rooms) exited the system during the quarter. At quarter-end, the company's lodging group encompassed 3,105 properties and timeshare resorts for a total of over 550,000 rooms.



MARRIOTT REVENUES totaled $3.0 billion in the 2008 third quarter, a 1 percent increase from the same period in 2007



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NEW HOTELS| INtl| Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita Opens

The all-pool villa Resort is part of the Anahita World Class Sanctuary, a private mixed-use development that includes Private Residences and the Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita, featuring an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Ernie Els. The Resort borders one of Mauritius' largest lagoons and occupies its own stretch of coastline, extending across wooden bridges to encompass a private island, Ile aux Chats (4.5 hectares / 11Â acres).

EDITOR| this is important though
Four Seasons Private Residences Mauritius at Anahita are not owned, developed or sold by Four Seasons Hotels Limited or its affiliates (Four Seasons). The developer, Anahita IRS Forty Ltd., uses the Four Seasons trademarks and tradenames under a license from Four Seasons Hotels Limited.





Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

Guest rooms summary
Guest rooms
Room type Number Size
(m2) Size
(sq.ft.) Bed type
Lagoon Pool Villa 52 105 1,130 One king or two queen beds
Mangrove Pool Villa 24 105 1,130 One king or two queen beds
Garden Pool Villa 14 105 1,130 One king or two queen beds

Suites
Room type Number Size
(m2) Size
(sq.ft.) Bed type
Presidential Two-Bedroom Suite 1 375 4,036 One king and two queen beds

Private residence rentals
Room type Number Size
(m2) Size
(sq.ft.) Bed type
Three-Bedroom Residence 12 360 3,875 Two king and two queen beds
Two-Bedroom Residence 20 266 2,863 One king and two queen beds

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FnB| Can your customers pay online?

Prabhjot Bedi| Editor

FnB| Can your customers pay online?


7 Ways to Help Customers Spend More With You - By Ken Burgin is a basics article on how to ensure your customers can buy when they want, how they want.

It isn't new, this is what struck me. At how many of your restaurants/events/banquets can people/customers/guests pay online?

Let me know.





JOBS| KIT| CDP for continental kitchen

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