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AWARDS| The Top 15 Hotels of the World

EDITOR| The T+L list is always eagerly awaited, and this year too is no different. The Oberoi's are there again, with 2 properties in the top 10, although Oberoi Rajvilas has stopped popping up in these lists, wonder why...

The Taj Group or for that matter any other Indian group has never done very well on these lists (atleast in recent memory) and I invite you to comment on this. Is it that the Oberois just know & work the American psyche? or is it their exacting standards ? maybe its all those private jet FAMs. Ah well, if you know, tell us.

My congratulations to everyone at the two Indian properties, #2
Oberoi Vanyavilas & #8
Oberoi Udaivilas. Haven't seen the Vanyavilas, but having competed with the Udaivilas I know these are gems. Kudos!

The list is below...

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#14
Inn at Palmetto Bluff
Bluffton, South Carolina
866/706-6565 or 843/706-6500
www.palmettobluffresort.com
#13
Eagle Island Camp
Okavango Delta, Botswana
(800) 237-1236 or 27-21-483-1600
www.orient-express-safaris.co.za
#12
Kirawira Camp Western Serengeti
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
(800) 525-4800 or 255-272-504-158
www.serenahotels.com
#11
Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt
Buenos Aires
(800) 223-1234 or 54-11-5171-1234
www.buenosaires.park.hyatt.com
27-0-11-447-1605
www.unchartedafrica.com
#9
Governors’ Camp
Masai Mara, Kenya
254-20-273-4000
governorscamp.com
#8
Oberoi Udaivilas
Udaipur
(800) 562-3764 or 91-294-243-3300
www.oberoiudaivilas.com
(800) 332-3442 or 66-53-910-200
www.fourseasons.com
#6
Singita Sabi Sand
Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa
27-21-683-3424
www.singita.com
#5
Inn at Manitou
McKellar, Ontario
(800) 571-8818 or (705) 389-2171
www.manitou-online.com
#3
Jade Mountain
St. Lucia
(800) 223-1108 or (758) 459-4000
www.jademountainstlucia.com
#3
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve (Earth Lodge)
Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa
27-11-447-7172
www.sabisabi.com
#2
Oberoi Vanyavilas
Ranthambhore, India
(800) 562-3764 or 91-7462-23999
www.oberoihotels.com
#1
Bushmans Kloof
Cedarberg Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa
(800) 735-2478 or 27-21/797-0990
www.bushmanskloof.co.za










source | T+L

WORK WITH THE BEST| JOBS| Intl| Assistant Food & Beverage Manager

Bushmans Kloof was just voted the BEST hotel in the World with T+L

They are now looking for an Assistant Food & Beverage Manager.


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Main purpose:
Responsible for the fast, efficient and professional management of all meals as well as ensuring that all guest needs and expectations are exceeded continuously. Ensuring that all duties and responsibilities are carried out on a daily basis. Overseeing the smooth running of all the dining venues, practising good staff management, efficient and accurate F&B paperwork and administration, ensuring efficient stock control, F&B maintenance and maintaining all working areas to the world class standards of this luxury 5* Relais & Chateau Lodge.

Knowledge:
Wine
Spirits
Cocktails
Food – E.g. trends

Skills:
Team Leader Supervisory skills
Well organised.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Effective communication and delegation skills.
High standards of service.
Strong focus on customer care.
Excellent time management.

Requirements:
Driver’s license
Computer literate
Product knowledge
Ability to learn and improve yourself
Attend and participate in all training courses offered
Maintaining a high standard of personal hygiene and appearance
Must be of sober habits and have a professional approach to both guests and colleagues.

Qualifications:
Hotel Management qualification from a recognised institute
Management or technical qualification with relevant experience

Experience:
3 years working experience in the management of a F&B department of a 5* lodge or similar environment.

Apply to Glynis@bushmanskloof.co.za

Bushmans Kloof, 
Cedarberg Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa

(800) 735-2478 or 27-21/797-0990
www.bushmanskloof.co.za







AWARDS| Bushmans is world’s No 1 hotel

THE Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, in Western Cape’s Cederberg Mountains, has been rated the world’s best hotel this year by Travel+Leisure magazine.

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South Africa has three other hotels that have bagged spots in the publication’s top 15, as voted for by its readers worldwide.
Some rooms in the five-star Bushmans Kloof have private swimming pools, outdoor showers, flat-screen TVs, DVD and CD collections, iPod docking stations, and underfloor heating. It scored 98.7 points.
It beat the seven-star Oberoi Vanyavilas, in the northern Indian Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, which scored 98 points.

NEWS| The Leela Kempinski Hotel and Residences opens in Gurgaon, Delhi

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has announced the launch of its first property in northern India — The Leela Kempinski Hotel and Residences — in the business district of Gurgaon, Delhi (NCR). The property is located within 15 minutes drive from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and is on the Delhi─Gurgaon border. The hotel offers 322 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites and 90 Residences in configuration of one, two and three bedroom options.

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source| hospitalitybizindia.com

NEWS| Clarks Inn begins operation at Lajpat Nagar, Delhi

Clarks Inn Group of Hotels has launched their third hotel in the National Capital Region (NCR) at Lajpat Nagar in New Delhi. The property is located on Ring Road.

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The 31─room boutique hotel with three suites are equipped with air─conditioned rooms and has Wi─Fi connectivity, LCD TV, electronic safe, personalised mini bars, tea─coffee maker and a 24─hour room service. The hotel has a multi─cuisine restaurant — The Bridge — which will offer Indian, oriental and continental food. It has a banquet/meeting space on the basement, which can accommodate around 100 people.

source| hospitalitybizindia.com

NEWS| United Spirits plans to launch wine bar in Bengaluru

According to a report in Financial Chronicle, United Spirits Ltd (USL), the spirits arms of the UB Group, plans to open a wine bar in its UB City luxury mall in Bengaluru and later a lifestyle outlet that will offer all its spirits and wine brands.

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The outlet will have a restaurant section, a section offering liquor─related accessories and a sports bar.

The company plans to open a 2000─4000 sq ft lifestyle retail format that will have five different segments dedicated to spirits and wines, food, accessories and a sports bar. USL wine brands such as Four Seasons, Zinsi and Bouvet Ladubay will be offered at the wine bar. The wine bar will cover an area of about 750─1000 sq ft and will offer accessories such as wine chiller, wine opener, decanter and a wine tasting room.

source| hospitalitybizindia.com

NEWS| Intl| Doubletree by Hilton in Africa

Hilton Hotels Corporation today announced the introduction of the Doubletree by Hilton brand in Africa, with the signing of two Franchise License Agreements in Tanzania with the owners of the Opulent Hotel Group. The Doubletree by Hilton Dar Es Salaam, Oyster Bay and the Doubletree by Hilton Resort Zanzibar, Nungwi are scheduled to open by October 2009.

double tree, hilton


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NEWS| Trends| Yankee Candle - to Provide Exclusive Signature Scent in All Four Points by Sheraton Hotels Worldwide

The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. today announced that guests of Four Points by Sheraton Hotels will be treated to a new custom-designed signature scent experience developed by Yankee Candle, America’s best loved candle brand, in partnership with the leading global provider of scent delivery solutions for businesses, ScentAir Technologies, Inc.

http://www.yankeecandle.com/cgi-bin/ycbvp/retail.jsp

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PICTURES| asleep beneath the stars ~ chelsea star hotel

Editor | My brother did something like this for his daughter at home.
I couldn't sleep, but maybe it will give you some Ideas

Chelsea Star Hotelt




NEWS| Tech| Pizza Hut Launches Killer App for Your Appetite

Phone and iPod touch users now have a way to satisfy their appetite for America’s Favorite Pizza with a new application on the App Store. Starting today, iPhone and iPod touch users can order Pizza Hut menu items directly from their devices via the free application.


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“As more of our customers are integrating the iPhone and iPod touch into their everyday lives, Pizza Hut wants to be right there with them,” said Brian Niccol, Pizza Hut CMO. “As a longtime category leader in innovation, creating an App Store application is just one more way we are helping customers place orders in a way that best fits their mobile lifestyle.”

The new App is not only a convenient way to order from Pizza Hut—it’s an entertaining way to place your order. The App uses innovative iPhone and iPod touch features including the Multi-touch user interface and accelerometer to make ordering each individual menu item a fun and customized experience.











VIDEOS| Finlandia hotel,MOGA Punjab INDIA

Editor| This is a small hotel in MOGA, Punjab and is on youtube!
Are you???


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NEWS| Domino’s Pizza Announces Earnings Web Cast

Domino’s Pizza, Inc. announces the following Web cast:

What: Domino’s Pizza, Inc. Second Quarter 2009 Earnings
Conference Call

When: Wednesday, July 22, 11:00 a.m. Eastern US time

Where: http://www.dominosbiz.com

How: Live over the Internet. Simply log on to the Web address
above.

Contact: Lynn Liddle: (734) 930-3008


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NEWS| RateTiger introduces RTSuite for synergy and flexibility

RateTiger announced the release of RTSuite. The brand new consolidated product that will improve efficiency in online benchmarking, channel management, alerts and booking reporting allowing a flexible a-la carte subscription with multiple application options.


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The new product integrates the well proven RTShopper, RTAllocator and RTChannelManager with RTStrategy joining soon. Hoteliers will now gain complete control and flexibility when managing internet channel with a wider range of functions to tailor the system to their specific requirements and budgets.












About RateTiger
RateTiger, by eRevMax Inc., has been a leader in online distribution management tools since 2001 and continues to pioneer new technologies for the hospitality industry. Operating in 60 countries and 415 cities across the world RateTiger has become the industry-wide benchmark for managing online distribution. A "Platinum European Seal of E-Excellence for the marketing of innovation award" winner, the RateTiger product portfolio enables hoteliers to switch from a time-consuming and complicated multi-channel process to a single point of entry to the market.
RateTiger is headquartered in New Jersey, U.S., as well as London, UK.

The company also maintains a technical development center in India as well as representations in Florida, Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy and Poland. Employing more than 170 people across the globe, RateTiger is rapidly expanding across the European, Asian and American markets. For more information please visit http://www.ratetiger.com.

PEOPLE| Priya Paul

Priya Paul, chair of The Park Hotels, India, talks about the growth of her design-led properties.

The company has hotels in Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi and Visakhapatnam with a new 280-room property in Hyderabad due to open in October 2009 and its first resort in Kerala by late 2009. It is also opening new hotels in Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, Kolkata and Pune and Jaipur


Priya Paul


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What gave you the idea for design-led hotels in India?
Well the company is over 40 years old, and the first hotel started in Calcutta in 1967. By the 1990s we had three properties of varying degrees of look and feel so we started to develop the idea of boutique or designer hotels, primarily because we felt that we were small and we had to develop a niche to stand out in the market. The first property that was reconceptualised and launched was the Park in Kolkata and then we moved to Delhi and by the late nineties we had acquired properties in Bangalore and Chennai and then developed another property in Navi Mumbai. So it all came together at the turn of the century. Now we own the niche in India and if anyone's looking for an alternative lifestyle type of hotel, it's us.


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NEWS| Four Points by Sheraton opened a new prototype hotel

Four Points by Sheraton has unveiled its newest property in San Antonio, the first hotel that showcases the brand's new prototype. The design focuses on versatility, a smart layout, contemporary interior design, and cost efficiencies.

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Highlights of the first prototype hotel include a bright and bold design, clean architectural lines, and warm, modern furnishings. Guestrooms feature a spacious work area, flat-screen TV, and signature bed. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, heated outdoor pool, 1,400 square feet of meeting space, and the brand's Best Brews program.









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NEWS| Trends| InterContinental all for global geotourism

InterContinental Hotels and the National Geographic have extended their partnership to include global geotourism initiatives that enrich the understanding of environmental and cultural responsibility among staff and guests worldwide.

IHG


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Throughout 2009, more than 60,000 InterContinental associates worldwide will participate in responsible business workshops to enhance their understanding of how they can personally be involved in some of the initiatives. InterContinental and National Geographic will also establish a responsible business advisory board, made up of senior executives from both organizations and hotel general managers.

National Geographic defines geotourism as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.” The InterContinental initiatives supported by National Geographic will harness the passion of the hotel general managers and their teams to help sustain and enhance the geographical character of destinations where InterContinental is present.












Source | http://www.4hoteliers.com/

JOBS| Accounts Manager

Optus Sarovar Premiere, Gurgaon


This business hotel opens its doors in October.
Optus Sarovar Premier is an upscale brand of Sarovar Hotels & Resorts

They invite applications for


Sarovar Hotelst


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Accounts Manager

Apply to

HR Manager
spg@sarovarhotels.com
0124 - 4055796/ 4271299

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JOBS| Sales Manager

Optus Sarovar Premiere, Gurgaon


This business hotel opens its doors in October.
Optus Sarovar Premier is an upscale brand of Sarovar Hotels & Resorts

They invite applications for


Sarovar Hotelst


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Sales Manager




Apply to

HR Manager
spg@sarovarhotels.com
0124 - 4055796/ 4271299

Before Sending Your Resume Take a look at these Essential Resume Skills











JOBS| Room Boys

India's finest chain of upscale, full service business and leisure hotels at an unexpectedly reasonable price, Lemon Tree Hotels add a new twist to your stay every time.


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Looking for Room Boys
City: Bangalore
Experience: 0 - 4 Years


Apply to:

Francina Joseph | jobs@lemontreehotels.com

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JOBS| Executive Housekeeper

Optus Sarovar Premiere, Gurgaon


This business hotel opens its doors in October.
Optus Sarovar Premier is an upscale brand of Sarovar Hotels & Resorts

They invite applications for


Sarovar Hotelst


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Executive Housekeeper




Apply to

HR Manager
spg@sarovarhotels.com
0124 - 4055796/ 4271299

Before Sending Your Resume Take a look at these Essential Resume Skills











NEWS| Taj + Travelocity = YEAH!

Taj Holidays, India's leading holiday brand, has partnered with Travelocity to introduce http://www.tajholidaysflynstay.com - a comprehensive one stop shop for all holiday related requirements.

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It is for the first time that a holiday brand in India has embarked upon a "dynamic" bundled platform where customers can plan their travel through various permutations and combinations of flight selection, fare classes, package options, hotel rates and room categories.

Aimed at simplifying the holiday planning process, creating a user friendly platform and bridging the information gap, Taj Holidays Fly-N-Stay endeavors to create a hassle-free holiday package for the user. The entire domestic flight inventory of Travelocity with some of the lowest fares is available to those booking on http://www.tajholidaysflynstay.com













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