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NEWS| Pride Group chalks out Rs 800 crore plan to open five five─star hotels in six years

According to a report in IndianExpress, Pride Group of Hotels plans to open five five─star hotels over a period of six years. The Rs 800 crore plan entails opening of luxury hotel in Goa this year followed by Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Alibaug in 2010.

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'Pride Biznotel,' the full service business hotel from the Group, will penetrate its reach in Tier─II cities, with launch scheduled at Noida, Rajkot, Kochi, Gurgaon and Kolkata by 2011.

Pride Group currently operates 'five─star' luxury hotels in Pune, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Bengaluru. Under 'Pride Biznotel' and 'Pride Resorts' brands, the Group has set up properties in Pune, Ranipet, Puducherry, Mahabaleshwar and Jaipur. A 120─room five─ star hotel was recently launched in Bengaluru, while 100─room hotel at Goa with an investment of Rs 55 crore will be operational shortly and a 250─room hotel at Mumbai at an investment of Rs 250 crore will be launched in 2010.

SP Jain, Managing Director, Pride Hotels Ltd., said, “By 2015, we will have 30 hotels with 3,000 luxurious rooms in 30 cities to emerge as the third─largest hotel chain in the country.

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NEWS| Maiden Journey for 5-Star Deluxe Train

Travel Corporation (India) Ltd (TCI) has scheduled the launch of Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey, a five-star deluxe train in India in November this year.

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Career/Networking Advice | LinkedIn Reaches 45 Million Users

According to comScore, LinkedIn had 16 million worldwide monthly unique visitors and 331 million page views in June 2009, up from 7.7 million and 114 million a year ago, respectively.

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NEWS| Marriott International is testing out a new breakfast concept for its TownePlace Suites brand called "Breakfast On the Go"

Marriott International is testing out a new breakfast concept called "Breakfast On the Go"

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With this new breakfast offering, guests are provided an assortment of hot and cold cereals, baked goods, fresh fruit and yogurts along with coffee and Bigelow Herbal Teas in a specially designed space. With this new concept, guests can eat breakfast in a café-like environment, take it back to their suites or take food on the go. The breakfast area will provide a breakfast bar and a large-screen LCD television as well as wireless Internet access.


TREDNS? Discussion? Accor to stop hiring check-in staff based on looks

Accor, has decided to anonymise CVs submitted to its French careers website, removing applicants’ first and last names, nationality, sex, age and e-mail address.

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The company says that the decision is to “ensure that the initial selection of candidates is uniquely based on the applicant’s training, experience and skills” and “provides testimony to Accor’s engagement on the subject of diversity”.

It says: “The objective of the anonymous CV is to avoid any discrimination, conscious or subconscious, linked to the age, sex or origins of the candidate.”

EDITOR| What do you think? Will the face crop up at the one-on-one interview? Do you think this even makes sense? Do we need good looking people behind the counter? Leave your comments


NEWS| Tech| Hilton Selects MTT to Launch Innovative Mobile Services

Hilton Hotels, one of the world's largest hotel companies, has launched UK and Germany specific mobile services in conjunction with Dublin-based specialist Mobile Travel Technologies Ltd (MTT).

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The new solution, which includes a Web App version for iPhone users in the UK, has full booking capability, offering travellers the convenience to select and book a hotel, access and change bookings and view hotel images and information, whilst away from their PC.

The solution has full integration with the hotel company's Hilton HHonors for the benefit of Hilton loyalty club members and includes a dedicated version for iPhone users (Web App). A Hilton Downloadable App has been submitted to the iTunes/iPhone App Store, and will be available to UK users soon for download following approval by Apple.


PPL| Middle East's most powerful hotelier

Mr Selim El Zyr, the President & CEO of Rotana, has been recognized as the Middle East's most powerful hotelier and most influential industry professional in the first edition of the 'Hotelier Middle East Power 50'.

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Quoting Hotelier Middle East "Having co-founded the Middle East's first hotel management brand 17 years ago, El Zyr has nurtured Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Ltd into an international success. Respected industry-wide for creating a regional powerhouse, Selim El Zyr scores the top ranking in the first-ever Hotelier Middle East Power 50."

El Zyr's constant assessment and investment has ensured that the brand has remained at the forefront of industry trends with the development of a wide range of innovative international products and services. To highlight a few of the brand's milestones achieved through El Zyr's vision and commitment, Rotana Rewards loyalty programme; Club Rotana Executive Club concept; and spa arm Zen the spa at Rotana are initiatives which have set a path for other hotels to follow.


JOBS| Waiter/ Waitress

1. Maintains par stocks of all equipment and guest supplies as required.

2. Seats, takes orders and serves food and beverage to guest according to the established sequence and procedures. Manage time effectively and complete tasks on time.

3. Presents menu, answers enquiries and makes suggestions regarding food, beverage and service to restaurant guests.

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1. Diploma / Degree in Hotel Management

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JOBS| Guest Service Assistant- Front Office

1. Meets and greets all guests and assists with registrations.

2. Ensures the strict control of room keys.

3. Ensures that all company minimum brand standards have been implemented, and that optional brand standards have been implemented where appropriate.

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1. Degree/ Diploma in Hotel Management

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Ms. Archana S. Sawant


Strong managerial and leadership skills,Cost control and revenue management,able to handle Corporate FNB Operations,Planning and organizing Food and Beverage promotion.

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JOBS| Intl| Indian Chef south indian, Tandoori | Singapore

A well known restaurant in Singapore is looking for Chef south indian, Tandoori, chaat master, sweet master.

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JOBS| Associate Consultant

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• Support and contribute to consulting assignments through research , analysis, report
preparation and discussions
• Responsible for primary & secondary research and data analysis
• Work on jobs/ tasks that contribute towards providing superior solutions and results to

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Education Background: Degree/Diploma in Hotel Management, MBA/ PGDM with
specialisation in Marketing
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JOBS| Consultant / Sr. Consultant

Project Delivery-
• Manage and contribute to consulting assignments through insightful analysis, modelling
and innovative solutions & discussions
• Work on jobs/tasks that contribute towards providing superior solutions and results to

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JOBS| Assistant Cafe Manager

Participating in setting up of targets and delivering the ways and means of achieving the targets.
Responsible for the follow-up of daily sales report.
Responsible for the liaison with all the departments concerned.

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Desired Candidate Profile
Candidates who have handled cafes / Retail Food Outlets/ Retail Store independently.
Should have handled outlets in multiple locations / high volume sales outlets.
Ready for travel and open to relocation.
Candidates with Management Degree preferred.
Good knowledge of Retail Food Markets.
1 to 3 years experience—Ć
Age Criteria: 25-30 yrs

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NEWS| Yash Birla Group`s `Evolve Medspa` embarks on expansion plans

With the wellness industry poised to grow to trillion dollars by 2010, Evolve, a joint venture of the Yash Birla Group and Singapore-based Pacific Healthcare Holding, is on a massive expansion plan to capitalize on this growing demand for quality solutions on wellness.

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In its need to explore newer verticals by continuously staying abreast of the innovations of the beauty industry, Evolve plans to further expand with new offerings and bolder eco-friendly initiatives, latest technology, cutting-edge treatments and ramping up of the global spa brands.

Evolve has recently been chosen as the Smile, Makeover and Wellness Partner by the prestigious beauty pageant Pantaloons Femina Miss India.

As a means to expand its presence in the market, Evolve Medspa, is considering introducing 45 cosmetic centers at 12 locations. It will open two more outlet in Andheri, Mumbai and Ahmedabad, Gujarat by end of the current quarter. It has aimed for a presence in 12 cities by March 2012 and is considering locations in Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Nagpur, Indore among other cities.

Says Yash Birla, chairman of the Yash Birla Group, ``The spa and wellness industry in India is estimated at Rs 110 billion growing rapidly at 25-35%. We want to excel in this growth story. Today, the wellness industry caters to a large audience in the domestic and international market. With our expansion plans we hope to tap the pan India presence and expertise.``

Evolve, opened its first centre in Mumbai in April 2008, and within a short span of 14 months grew to 7 more centres as per the target laid down. There has been no looking back and looks at opening two new centres every quarter in targeted cities from now on till March 2012. With the current centre already 8 centres, Evolve will have 20 centres by end of 2010 with an investment of around Rs 600 million. It will target all metros and upcoming Tier II cities to reach out to the ever growing youth and emerging middle class population in these cities.