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NEWS| 'Legend' in hospitality industry passes away

Padma Shri Thangam E Philip, considered the pioneer of the hotel and catering industry in India and a nutrition expert, passed away at
her native place in Kottayam, Kerala, on Wednesday. She was 88 years old.
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Philip was the founding member and principal emeritus of the Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Mumbai.

In 1955, Philip joined the then College of Catering and Institutional Management in the old army barracks of Bhawan's College campus, Andheri. She was part of the group of teachers who prepared the first batch of students for a career in the industry.

After the catering college campus shifted to its present location at Shivaji Park, Dadar, Philip became the principal from 1961-1986.

During her distinguished career, she has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. She was awarded a Padma Shri by the government of India for the development of hotel and catering education. She was also one of the few Indian women to get the FAO Ceres Medal.

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source| DNA Mumbai

FINANCIALS| Indian Hotels Oct-Dec net profit falls 38 pct

Three months ended Dec 31.

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(Versus the same period a year earlier, in million rupees
unless stated)

Net profit 838.5 vs 1,345.8

Net sales 3,813.4 vs 4,630.0

NOTE: Indian Hotels Co Ltd (IHTL.BO), which owns the Taj
luxury chain and the Ginger budget hotels, is part of the
diversified Tata Group. Its Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai was
damaged in militant attacks in November.

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NEWS| FnB| Fourth Hard Rock ready to rock India!

Hard Rock announced the opening of another cafe, a new 8,500-square-foot cafe and retail outlet at the center of Pune, Maharashtra.Subscribe to The Hospitality Knowledge & Career E-Mag | by Email

The opening of Hard Rock Cafe Pune marks India's fourth Hard Rock Cafe location, joining the flagship Mumbai cafe and locations in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, which opened in September 2006, December 2007 and March 2008, respectively.

Operated by franchisee HR Cafe India Pvt. Ltd., Hard Rock Cafe Pune is located at Plot No. 81/82 East Main Road, Koregaon Park Extension, at the very heart of this booming city. Hard Rock Cafe Pune is ideally situated near luxury hotels and great shopping, and a short distance from the international airport, offering a convenient destination for both local fans and international travelers.

"The opening of the Pune cafe marks our fourth location in India, following the opening of the Hyderabad Bar in March 2008," said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO of Hard Rock International. "Hard Rock welcomes the opportunity to rapidly expand our world-famous brand in this industrial, yet cosmopolitan capital of Eastern India."

Hard Rock Cafe Pune will be one of the city's premier dining and entertainment destinations, with three distinct sections, including a 120-seat restaurant, a bar area and an a 80-seat open courtyard, as well as Hard Rock’s signature retail Rock Shop. Located in the heart of the Koregaon Park extension near the world-famous spiritual centre Osho Ashram, the state-of-the-art facility will be adorned with pieces from Hard Rock's world-famous memorabilia collection, including items representing both contemporary stars and rock legends, such as Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Prince, Eric Clapton and many more.

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SUN HOTELS , part of Legacy, Hotels & Infra-projects Limited, is a fast growing hotel brand with 4/5* facilities.
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We are operating Sun hotel at Haridwar in Uttakhand. Sun Hotel Agra, Mussorrie, Goa and Angola in South Africa are the upcoming projects of the company. Company has embarked on a globalization strategy to establish a large presence in India & abroad.

Now we are looking for young, energetic and dynamic people for SUN HOTEL DELHI.

Degree / diploma holders in the appropriate field with 5---8years of experience in reputed 4--5 star hotels .

The positions are :
Resident Manager,
Sales & Marketing Manager,
Food & Beverage Manager ,
Executive chef,
Front Office Manager,
Chief engineer,
Executive Housekeeper,
Unit Finance Controller,
Safety & Security Manager,
HRD & Administration Manager.

Degree / diploma holder in the appropriate field with 2--3 yrs of experience in reputed 4--5 stat hotels

The Positions are; --
Asst . Manager [ F & B / Housekeeping / Front Office / Sales / Stores / Security / Accounts / PR }
Laundry Manager,
Catering Sales Manager, / Purchase Manager,
System Manager,

Chef De Cuisines{ Indian/ Continental/ bakery / Pantry / Butchery / Gar de Manager ] & Guest Relation Executive.

STAFF POSITIONS Minimum 1 yrs experience or fresh hotel school gradates may apply. The Positions are:--
F & B Stewards,
Front Office Receptionists / GSA, Electricians ,
AC Mechanic,
Laundry Boys,
Chamber Maids,
Store Keepers,
Bell Boys & Drivers.

For above mentioned positions, please send us your resume with photographs[ explicitly mention the job in the subject line ]


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JOBS| Career opportunities for Revenue Management talents available at IHG!

from Celeste Loh, Regional Director, Revenue Management, IHG

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Join my expanding team in Asia! Check our website for more details at or contact me directly at

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JOBS| Head of Sales, Mumbai & Bangalore for a Leading Chain of Luxury Hoteliers


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Key Responsibilities :
• Produce the Annual Revenue Plan, Marketing Budgets and Forecasts
• Produce Action Plan related to the Revenue Plan to ensure Revenue Plan objectives are achieved
• Provides a professional, advisory support service to the Corp
• Coordinate all methods of maintaining and increasing business volume. This includes advertising, sales promotion, personal selling, publicity, community relations, special sales projects, etc
• Enhance the image of the hotel in the local community

• Participate as an active member of the community through associations, memberships and other trade organizations • Review regularly activity reports of Sales and Marketing personnel to ensure targets and Sales objectives are being met
• Review regularly internal promotion pieces for visual effect and ensure they conform with brand standards
• Organize and promote, in cooperation with the Food & Beverage Department special projects to stimulate Food & beverage sales within the community, including, but limited to, tournaments, balls, parties, gastronomic festivities etc.
• Interacts with individuals outside the hotel, including, but not limited to clients, Convention Bureaus, local Hotel Associations, Government Tourist offices, Airlines, Travel Agents, Tour Operators, competitors and other members of the regional community
• Recommend to Corp the kind of advertising which will be most productive for the hotel by analyzing the market effectiveness of past advertising campaigns and consulting with other Department Heads and the Advertising Agency.

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Please ensure the subject is the one mentioned above.

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NEWS| 6 hoteliers opt out of Games projects

Fearing poor visitor turnout for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the wake of recession, six hoteliers, who allotted plots for construction of hotels for the mega sporting event, have developed cold feet.
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“These six hoteliers after getting land did not come forward to obtain necessary clearances for beginning the construction of hotels. So, we are recommending for cancellation of their plots,” said a senior Delhi government official.

The allotted hotel sites facing cancellation are at Anand Vihar, Mandavali, Vivek Vihar, Mayur Vihar and Alipur Road.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had auctioned 33 sites in the capital for construction of hotels keeping the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in mind. “Now with six already out of the project we have to expedite the construction work of other proposed hotels to meet the deadline before the Games,” said the official adding, “We have offered incentives to these hoteliers for completing the construction before June 2010.”

The tourism ministry is hopeful of making available about 6,000 rooms during the Games out of these new hotels.

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NEWS| Tivoli Group launches Tivoli Habitate Centre in Greater Noida

After the grand success of its hotel and real estate project Tivoli holiday village in Manesar, the Tivoli Group has announced the launch of Tivoli Habitat Centre in Greater Noida.
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Rohit Gupta, CEO, TIVOLI Group said, “Tivoli Habitat Centre is in such territory where the potential is immense due to corporate influx and scarcity of hotels and banquet hotels. The property also has large catchment area for conferencing, banqueting and leisure. Tivoli Habitat Centre will also offer Club membership for corporate clients and denizens of the area.”

Tivoli Habitat Centre will provide visitors with an exciting new alternative to current options in lodging, conferencing. It would include luxurious rooms, large restaurant and large meeting space, according to a company release.

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NEWS| Intl| Flagship Hotel Indigo Coming to San Diego

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announces that Hotel Indigo San Diego will open this summer adjacent to San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter, a neighborhood known for its energetic business and entertainment district. Launched in 2004, Hotel Indigo caters to guests who desire affordable luxury, personal service and an alternative to traditional hotels without sacrificing any of the business amenities they have come to expect.

Currently under construction, Hotel Indigo San Diego-Gaslamp Quarter is located at 950 Island Ave., just one block from Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, and less than a mile from the San Diego Convention Center. The 12-story, 210-room property, including five suites, will feature a rooftop terrace with a reflection pool, fire pits, soft seating and an excellent view of the San Diego skyline and baseball games at Petco Park. The property will be managed by IHG's Americas operations division, The Hotel Management Group.

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NEWS| First Holiday Inn Resort in Indonesia to open in Bali

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Singapore, 28 January 2009 - Bali will become the first location in Indonesia to have a Holiday Inn resort. On the "Island of the Gods," the beachfront Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali is named after Baruna, the Balinese God of the Ocean. Located on three hectares of beautifully terraced tropical gardens and set to open in March, this contemporary, Balinese-inspired resort features 195 guest rooms and suites along a perfect stretch of white sandy beach. The Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali is the only hotel in the Tuban area to have a direct access to the beach. The resort is set to provide guests with what they expect from a modern, affordable, idyllic and relaxing resort accommodation.
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Appealing to families and couples alike, Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali is situated in the secluded enclave of Tuban, a 10-minute drive from the airport, and a short stroll to the vibrant shopping and entertainment area of Kuta. It is also only 30 minutes from Denpasar, Bali's capital city, and 60 minutes from Ubud, Bali's artistic centre.

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali will have several categories of rooms which include spectacular Ocean rooms, Garden rooms, Family Suites, kidSuites and more. All the rooms will have 32" flat screen satellite TVs and seamless Internet access. The resort will also have a new selection of eateries including "The Beach" - the newest chill-out spot in the area which has a direct beach access with decks where guests can relax and enjoy stunning sunsets.

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