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NEWS| Less jobs created in IT, hospitality

Job creation dipped 38 percent in three critical sectors in the quarter ended December 31, 2008, an industry lobby report released Thursday said.

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The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) said job creation in the financial services, IT and hospitality sectors dipped 38 percent between October-December 2008, compared to the previous quarter, and predicted the situation would continue to be “bleak” in 2009.

It noted this has been the trend this fiscal. Job creation grew 238 percent in the April-June 2008 period, and 124 percent between July and September.

“Continuation of this trend for a longer term may wash away the benefits generated from the four years of above-8 percent growth,” Assocham said.

“As the IT sector struggles to keep its order book intact, it has lost its dominant and share of the job market. In the wake of recent events such as Satyam, the employment outlook in IT sector stands bleak in coming months as well,” the chamber said.

PEOPLE| Delhi Hyatt gets RM from Australia

Liz Fleming has joined Hotel Hyatt Regency Delhi as Resident Manager. She has come from Grand Hyatt Melbourne where she was the Director of Rooms before being promoted as the EAM Rooms.

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Liz is a Hospitality Management graduate from Edith Cowan University, Perth and has been with the Hyatt group since January 1996.

Miz. Liz Fleming reports to the General Manager, Mr. Timothy Bruce. Her sales experience is expected to give a fillip to room sales during the current lean and recessionary period, besides the hotel operations for which she assumes the role played by Prasanjit Singh earlier.

Meanwhile, Puneet Baijal has also been promoted as Director of Food &Beverages. He has served the Hyatt since 2003 before which he had worked in the Taj for 3 years. He has been dedicated and creative in his assignment and with his knack of keeping the customers smiling and happy, he will be expected to get the revenues from F & B going even higher.

NEWS| The Leela Palaces & Hotels & Resorts joins IH&RA

At the Global Hotels Alliance board meeting at the Leela Bangalore, Dr Ghassan Aidi, President, International Hotels & Restaurants Association (IH&RA) announced that Indian luxury hotel group, The Leela Palaces and Hotels and Resorts, will join IH&RA this year.

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“With the Leela’s properties in addition to those of the Hotels Association of India and two other institutes and hospitality colleges, India now is well represented at IH&RA,” said Dr Aidi. International Hotels and Restaurants Association is working actively this year to start certifying its hotels members for sustainable development and the Leela Management recognises the need for responsible energy management. It is committed to improving efficiency and protecting the environment.

The International Hotels & Restaurants Association (IH&RA) is the only private association representing the private sector since 1945. Recognised by the United Nations, it is known as ‘the voice of the private sector in hospitality’.

NEWS| IHF 2009 will take place between February 23-26, 2009

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will organise the International Hospitality Fair (IHF) 2009’s second edition in Bengaluru.

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The event will take place on February 23-26, 2009 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre. It will see the discussion of the hospitality and allied industries’ key elements and help the authority to frame suitable policies for development.

The four day tradeshow will showcase the finest in F&B and food services, like bakery ingredients, chocolates, convenience food, dairy products, fast food items, frozen food, organic food products, wine and spirits and other allied sectors like catering, hospitality equipment, technology, interiors and fixtures. According to organisers, IHF 2009 is a must visit show as the sector expects a prospective jump in line with the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi.

The event is sponsored by Thailand tourism; Food, Hotel & Restaurants Association of India (FH&RA); Hotel and Restaurant Association of Orissa (HRAO) and the South India Hotels & Restaurants Association. The participants will comprise leading overseas manufacturers, suppliers, government officials, hotel and restaurant owners,

NEWS| Best Western delivers record-setting US$1.16 billion in reservations in 2008

The Best Western brand delivered a record-setting US$1.16 billion in reservations revenue to its hotels in fiscal year 2008.
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During 2009, Best Western will focus on enhancing its property-level customer care training programme, "I Care," to increase guest satisfaction scores, reduce customer complaints, and grab market share during the soft economy of the coming year.

The hotel chain ended 2008 with 4,018 hotels in 80 countries - on par with 2007 numbers - including 2,251 in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, and 1,767 internationally. The current number of hotels is a result of stepped-up brand quality assurance efforts in 2007, resulting member retention in 2008, and continued growth in India, China, and the rest of Asia.

"More than ever, Best Western's 400,000 nightly guests depend on our brand promise of quality and value. In order to deliver on this pledge in 2009, our hotel owners will continue their relentless focus on customer service," says David Kong, president and CEO.

NEWS| Nando's to open 82 outlets by 2012 across India

In a bid to have a pan India presence, Indage Restaurants and Leisure Ltd (Master Franchisee of Nando's International) is planning to open 82 outlets across India by 2012. With an array of restaurants catering to different segments, Indage Restaurants and Leisure Ltd aims to be the largest chain of restaurants in India in the next three years.

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Vikrant S Chougale, Managing Director, Indage Restaurants and Leisure Ltd says, “By the end of this year, we plan to open up Nando's at Kolkata, Bengaluru and Delhi. Eventually, we will be opening Nando's at Chennai and Hyderabad. Initially, we will be focusing on metros. Later, we will branch out in mini metros and cities adjacent to these metros.” The average cover of Nando's is 70 to 100 and the upcoming Nando's outlets will be at malls and high streets.

Elaborating on the expansion plan, Chougale added, “With around four different brands of restaurants catering to different segments of the society, Indage aims to be the largest restaurant chain by 2012. Apart from food, Nando's is more about experience and music. Our focus is to provide best chicken dishes with Peri-Peri sauce.

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JOBS| Corporate Office

Fantasy Hotels [I] Ltd requires the following for its corporate office at Chandigarh

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Should b able to handle Telephone calls,
Attend to Visitors & Back office works.

Candidate should have relevant Front Office experience,
good Spoken English, conversant with Computer skills.

Should have knowledge of MS Office & relevant experience.

Commerce Graduate with 3--4 years practical experience
in managing accounts independently of a Business.


Please write with details to
SCO --914, NAC Manimajar,