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PEOPLE| Vikas Sharma | GM | The Chancery Bangalore

Vikas Sharma, GM of The Chancery Pavilion, speaks of making the most of market conditions in the given circumstance.

Vikas Sharma

EDITOR | I have worked with Vikas at the President Mumbai. Here is my recommendation I mentioned on

I would think Vikas' greatest asses is his camaraderie with his team. He is fantastic in his humane approach to work and I havent known anybody working for him who does not talk of him fondly.

A man with an ability to look beyond numbers and inspire those around him to excellence.

here is his article. he is now the General Manager at The Chancery Bangalore.

see the article here

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NEWS| Novotel Hotels plans to beef up F&B business

Novotel Hotels, a brand owned by Europe-based Accor group, will focus on the food and beverages (F&B) business to make its presence felt in the Indian hospitality industry.

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The hotel chain expects to generate 50 per cent of revenue from the F&B business, and the remaining from room rents and other facilities. The company will invite F&B experts from its international hotels to train their staff in India, said a senior company official.

With a focus to stimulate taste buds of Indian food lovers, Novotel has decided to come up with various restaurants in all its properties that would be coming up in the country. The company plans to open 15 hotels, including developing, management contract and acquisition over the next three years.

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PEOPLE| Patrick Ollivier appointed Executive Vice President, Global Human

Accor, Accor Hotels
Patrick Ollivier, 55, has been appointed Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources and member of the Executive Committee, effective September 1, 2009.

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In this capacity, he will be responsible for defining the Group’s human resources policies and deploying them worldwide via the HR network, working with the HR managers in both the Hotels and Services Operations. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ollivier was Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Quality Accor North America.

A graduate of Institut de Gestion Sociale, Mr. Ollivier joined Accor in 1982, serving in various HR positions at Compagnie des Wagons-Lits and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. He was in charge of compensation, social benefits and expatriation until 1994 at Accor headquarters, before joining Accor North America in 2001 as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Quality. With 26 years of experience in Human Resources, Mr. Ollivier has gained solid expertise in employee relations, training, compensation and social benefits, as well as on the operations side of the business both in France and internationally.

He will replace Cathy Kopp, who is leaving Accor after seven years of outstanding contribution to the Group and a career spanning 42 years.

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JOBS| Manager- Conferences for a Travel and Tourism Company at Hyderabad, India

Looking for Manager - Conferences for a Travel and Tourism Company based at Hyderabad

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Qualification: Any Graduate
Experiencee: Relevant or Hospitality Exp Preferred
Salary: Best in the Industry

If interested, please contact

Anil Vedaji
Shian Services Pvt Ltd
Voice: +91-9989075554

NEW HOTELS| Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Officially Opens its First Property in the Maldives

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives welcomed its first guests yesterday, marking it as the first international luxury resort on the southern-most tip of Addu Atoll, one of the least spoilt areas in the world.

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"After months of preparation and tailored training in order to provide our guests with discreet, personalised and renowned Shangri-La hospitality, we are delighted to launch Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives," said Jens Moesker, general manager, Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives. "In a unique location featuring luxury accommodation and offerings, we are confident that the newest property in our portfolio will be the top of mind destination when visitors think of the Maldives."

The resort comprises 142 spacious stand-alone villas, from private ocean retreats to tropical luxury tree house villas perched three metres above the ground -- a first in the Maldives. An elevated infinity pool further enhances the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. In addition to long stretches of white, powdery sand, the three-kilometre-long island features 12 hectares of lush vegetation, 17,000 coconut trees, 45 species of plants and ancient banyan trees as well as nature trails for guests to discover the colourful wildlife.

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JOBS| Intl| Sales Managers - Taj Group of Hotels

Taj Palace Dubai is expanding it's talent bank for future sales leadership!

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In search of Dubai based experienced Sales Managers savvy in Corporate Segment. If YOU or you know of anyone who has the energy, resilience, drive and passion, please contact me at

Farrah J. Ismail
Director of Sales & Marketing Taj Palace Hotel

JOBS| Intl| Head of hospitality division

A local group of hotels seeking a head of hospitality division, Dubai experience is essential.

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Please send your cv on: asap

Gamal Sadek
Al Ketbi Consultancy for hospitality and Tourism

NEWS| Intl| Radisson(R) Hotels & Resorts opened 13 properties in the second quarter of 2009

Radisson(R) Hotels & Resorts opened 13 properties in the second quarter of 2009 and signed six new hotels in six countries including Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Russia, Brazil and the United States.

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In Asia Pacific, the 270-room Radisson Plaza Hotel Tianjin opened in April, becoming the newest Radisson Plaza to join the Carlson Hotels Worldwide portfolio in the second quarter. Situated on Xinkai Road, to the West of Tianjin Railway Station and East of Tianjin Airport, the 23-story high-rise hotel is located in the new financial hub of Hedong District, close to Tianjin's Central Business District. The hotel features three different restaurant concepts including Cafe@66, an all day dining restaurant with the workings of a contemporary European Brassiere; Kushi, styled after a Japanese Robatayaki; and China Station, with striking interior designs and a contemporary menu concentrating on Northern Chinese cuisine.

Among the new deal signings is the Radisson Hotel Maceio, Brazil, scheduled to open later this year and featuring 195 rooms including 18 suites. The hotel, situated on Pajucara Beach and close to the famous natural swimming pools, will offer a convention center that can accommodate up to 640 people, a restaurant with beach views and a bistro.

The Rezidor Hotel Group, Carlson's primary partner in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, recently celebrated the opening of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar, its seventh Radisson Blu hotel in Africa and first in Senegal. Located on the country's Atlantic coast on the western edge of the continent, the hotel features 180 guest rooms including six suites. Offering a refreshing blend of contemporary style and classic African elegance, all rooms and suites are equipped with deluxe furnishings and free high-speed Internet access. The new hotel is part of an exclusive complex of designer retail stores, upscale apartments plus a state-of-the-art spa and wellness facility.

Currently under extensive renovation, the new Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow featuring 507 guest rooms and 38 serviced apartments, is scheduled to open its doors in December 2009. The property forms part of the legendary "Seven Sisters" - the Soviet skyscrapers based on an idea of Stalin and built in Soviet neo-classicism architectural style between 1949 and 1957. The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow is located right in the city center - on a bow of the Moskva River at the conjunction of Kutuzovsky Prospect and Novy Arbat, two of the city's most prestigious commercial thoroughfares. For meetings and events, the hotel will offer a contemporary conference center for up to 1,000 guests; comprising nine meeting rooms, a ballroom of almost 4,850 square feet, a business center, and a library.

In addition, The Rezidor Hotel Group opened its first Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh, Scotland, developed in collaboration with the renowned Italian luxury fashion dynasty Missoni. The partnership creates a distinctive blend of fashion, function, form and service that adds up to a new genre of genuinely luxurious hotels. The brand also signed new properties in Cape Town, South Africa and Ilha de Cajaiba, Brazil, and will open its second hotel in Kuwait City later this year.


FINANCIALS| Kamat Hotels India Q1 net loss at Rs 5.63 crore

Kamat Hotels India Ltd has announced the financial results for the quarter ended on 30-June-2009. The Net Sales was at Rs.1969.36 lacs for quarter ended on 30-June-2009 against Rs.3237.52 lacs for the quarter ended on 30-June-2008.

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The Net Profit / (Loss) was at (Rs.563.18) lacs for the quarter ended on 30-June-2009 against Rs.137.82 lacs for the quarter ended on 30-June-2008.

The company has reported an EPS of Rs.4.27 for the quarter ended on 30-June-2009 against Rs.1.04 for the quarter ended on 30-June-2008.

The stock closed the day at Rs.57.85, up by Rs.4.20 or 7.83%. The stock hit an intraday high of Rs.58.50 and low of Rs.53.50.

The total traded quantity was 5617 compared to 2 week average of 4894.

Source: Equity Bulls

TRENDS| Hotels plan 10% hike in room tariffs

According to a economictimes report, hotels plan to raise prices by 10% (compared to 20-30% last year) as they can see the business travel & the leisure travel demand coming back.

Tell us if you think prices should be raised & by how much will you raise them at your property.

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A global, leading luxury retailer in Abu Dhabi is looking for an experienced, motivational Talent Development Manager/Training Manager.

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Applicants for this Training Manager position should have strong training development and delivery experience gained within the retail or hospitality sectors, aswell as a very strong focus on SALES and CUSTOMER SERVICE. Your role with include the development of over 500 staff, and you will be responsible for a team of trainers.

You will have previous experience of identifying, training and developing staff in the fields of customer service, selling and leadership. You will be energetic, flexible, dynamic and be very outgoing.

Applicant MUST be in a similar role within RETAIL or HOTEL/HOSPITALITY ONLY. Please do not apply if you are not as your application will not be shortlisted.

On offer is a superb salary up to AED 17,000 per month, PLUS accommodation and 2-bedroom apartment or housing allowance and meals. You will also receive a generous holiday allowance plus air tickets and medical insurance. A company bonus scheme is also on offer.

Applications are accepted, via email. Please email your cv to

NEWS| India has 45,323 rooms in the pipeline

The June 2009 Asia Pacific hotel development pipeline compiled by STR Global includes 969 hotels with 227,567 rooms. Among the key markets, Shanghai, China, reported 13,706 rooms in total active pipeline.

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Three other markets with more than 5,000 rooms in the total active pipeline for the month are: Mumbai, India, which ended the month with 9,391 rooms; Bangkok, Thailand, with 8,622 rooms and Beijing, China with 5,800 rooms. The three markets that reported less than 500 rooms in the total active pipeline are: Osaka, Japan (274 rooms); Tokyo, Japan (160 rooms); and Brisbane, Australia (156 rooms).

“There is lot of development in Asia, but there are a couple of countries that are dominating.

One is China, where 108,346 rooms are in the active pipeline, 77,832 of which are under construction. The second is India, which has 45,323 rooms in the total active pipeline,” said Duane Vinson, Vice President of Content Management, STR.


NEWS| ITC Ltd plans to invest USD two billion in hotel business

According to a report in Reuters, ITC Ltd., a multi─business conglomerate, which has a diversified in hotels, specialty papers, packaging, paperboards, agricultural business and cigarettes, is not interested in a hostile takeover of hotel chains like EIH Ltd. and Hotel Leela. ITC Ltd. is looking at minority partnerships in some hotel projects.

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During the next five years, ITC Ltd plans to invest about USD two billion in its hotels business. ITC Ltd has a stake of 14.98 per cent in EIH, which runs the Oberoi and Trident chain of hotels and has a 3.72 per cent stake in Hotel Leela through its investment unit Russel Credit.

Editor | Maybe its time for them to buy into Indian Hotels too!!  What do you think?

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NEWS| Pride Hotels plans to raise Rs 200 crore from IPO in January 2010

According to Business Line, Mumbai─based Pride Group of Hotels plans to raise Rs 200 crore from an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in January 2010.

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The IPO is part of the plans to part fund the company's Rs 800─crore expansion plan.

The balance amount for the expansion will be raised through a mix of internal accruals, debt and private placement of equity. The company will offload around 30 per cent equity to meet the fund requirements. It is in talks with private equity players for this purpose. The company will submit the draft offer document to the Securities and Exchange Board of India in a couple of months. It has roped in Edelweiss as one of the lead managers for the IPO.

JOBS| Intl| Chef De Partie - Scotland

Excellent Scottish resort boasting fantastic facilities is looking to recruit a number of Chef De Parties to join their established brigade of around 25 staff. The reason for the roles is due to staff progression and development.

The Job:
As CDP you will need to be experienced in the kitchen, have the ability to cook to a high standard and to work under pressure. You will be required to work in all areas of the kitchen including breakfast service.

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The Person:
This is an excellent opportunity for a CDP looking to expand their skills working in a high quality, high volume property and thus develop their career.

The Rewards:
Our client will offer a salary in the region of £14,500 - £18,000 dependant on experience. Along with this competitive salary go a great number of benefits including accommodation, meals, and leisure facilities.

All candidates will need to provide proof of identity, eligibility to work in UK and any relevant qualifications and references.

Please apply to
Subject "Applying Ref :"

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TRENDS| FnB| Fast Casual Trends

Fast casual food trends: 2009

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>frozen yogurt
>Sweet potato fries
>Low sodium/gluten free

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JOBS| General Manager

A reputed hotel in Mohali, Punjab invites applications for General Manager

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Hotel Dawat
SCO 10 C
Phase V
Near Reliance Fresh

98767 77222/ 98887 77222

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PEOPLE| Daniel Felix, India | ranked 41 | World Barista Championship 2009

This is an invite. If you know Daniel or if daniel reads this blog, we would like to congratulate him on doing so well. Kept the Indian flag flying high. 

he is the highest ranking Indian on the WBC and we would be honored to have a tete-a-tete with him, over a cup of coffee ofcourse!

so if anyone can introduce us, that would be delightful!

Daniel Felix

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