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Success Tip| Get Up!

Eclat Me!: Get Up!

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 04:30 PM PST
"Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice" Zig Ziglar

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NEW HOTELS| Sarovar Hotels & Resorts launches City Heart Sarovar Portico in Ludhiana

Sarovar Hotels & Resorts has launched City Heart Sarovar Portico, its second hotel in Ludhiana. The hotel will have a total inventory of 49 guest rooms and suites.

Currently, 18 rooms are operational. While another nine rooms will be added in a month’s time to its present inventory, the second phase of opening will conclude by January 2010. It will include the launch of remaining rooms; meeting and conference area for upto 200 guests; business centre and fitness centre. Sarovar already operates Majestic Park Plaza in the city, which is distinguished as Ludhiana’s first five-star hotel.

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JOBS| Freelance Training Consultant for Doha Qatar

looking for a certified trainor in Hospitality Industry who can work as a Training Consultant in our Office in Doha on a per project basis.

Please email your CV to

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JOBS| Director of Food & Beverage

A 390 room newly renovated property with 4 speciality restaurants and a very big coffee shop in South Delhi is looking for key personnel to relaunch the hotel.

We are looking for dynamic and experienced culinary professionals who have the knowledge, passion and hands on enthusiasm to put the hotel on the culinary map of Delhi. The persons should be energetic, motivated and talented to use their background and resources to create and nurture the F&B team. People from a similar background with excellent communication and F&B selling knowledge with a zest for going the extra mile to take their careers to the next level should look at this opportunity.

Only people with a background from established large hotel companies in India need apply.

Please send your CV, current and expected salary and photograph to

RESEARCH | Female Hotel Workers Injured More Than Men

Editor | This is a US Research so it doesn't necessarily work for the Indian hospitality industry but what I want to know, IS THERE ANY SUCH STUDY?

Let me know | Prabhjot Bedi |

A new study of workers at 50 hotels in the United States found that women were 50 percent more likely to be injured than men, and that Hispanic women had an injury rate two-thirds higher than their white female counterparts.

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JOBS| Female Executive Housekeeper at 3 stars hotel Dar Es Salaam Tanzania

small hotel look for Executive Housekeeper as the following package:

-Any female nationality
-Flight ticket
- Accommodation
-Salary USD 1000 net.

Please dont send your resume if the above salary package is not your expectation to avoid wasting the time. Kindly send it to:

NEWS| INTL| Candlewood Suites Announces Opening of 250th Hote

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG; NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms announced that the 250th Candlewood Suites hotel opened in Kalamazoo, Mich

“As the fastest growing brand in the midscale extended-stay segment, Candlewood Suites has been steadily growing its footprint since IHG acquired the brand in 2003,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG. “In the past year alone we’ve opened on average one hotel a week, and with more properties in the pipeline than any other brand in its segment, Candlewood Suites is set to continue this robust growth across the U.S. and Canada”

Reaching 250 open hotels is just one of the milestones Candlewood Suites has recently accomplished. The brand opened its 200th property in October 2008 in Rocky Mount, N.C., and Candlewood Suites New York City-Times Square opened in July 2009 as the hotel industry’s first midscale extended-stay hotel to open in Manhattan.

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KNOW | Lighting control can reduce operating costs while enhancing the customer experience

Buzzfire has seen a reduction of 6% to as high as 38% in monthly electrical utility costs by utilizing lighting control technology. Buzzfire has been utilizing lighting control for over three years with restaurants and bars. The good news is that lighting control can be retrofitted into an established business.

Lighting control is the control of both electrical and natural light. Traditional restaurants have a wall full of dimmers with markers indicating the light levels that they use for different scenes. As evening progresses the lights are abruptly changed in the restaurant or not changed at all. Lighting control can make this change automatic and gradual. For instance when the light level is scheduled to change, it is changed over a five minute period without disruption to the customers.

Lighting control can also sense ambient light and automatically reduce lighting near windows on a sunny day to have a uniform lighting level throughout your venue.

With natural lighting control we can also reduce your heating and air conditioning bills by automatically raising or closing shades.

If you would like to know more about how lighting control can reduce operating costs while enhancing the customer experience please contact me directly at 630-572-9200 extension 101 or email me at

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JOBS| Chief Engineer- Electrical , Location –Mumbai

looking for Chief Engineer- Electrical , Location –Mumbai for Reputed Hotel.
Candidate Designation : Chief Engineer

Job Description :

1)The Chief Engineer should have had Project Execution experience in all aspects of a 5 star hotel ie. MEP/ BMS etc.

2)Strong Project background in Technical Services of 5 Star Hotels including Laundry, Kitchen, Elevators, Interior of Public Areas & Guest Room besides Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, etc.

3)Should be a computer literate including CAD/ CAM

4)Strong knowledge of costing and evaluation.

5)Marine Engineering background would be given preference.

Skills : Problem Solving Ability

Job Location : Mumbai
Candidate Profile: B. E Electrical
Experience : 4 - 8 years
Salary : 40000-50000 per month

Contact Person : Ms. Shalu R. Varadkar
Human Resource Consultant

022-32233641/ 099208 86641

JOBS| Finance Director for Casino and Hotels

Finance Director for Casino and Hotels
South East Asia
US$100-110 net

Must have previous experiences within Casinos and Hotels
Prior postings in Asia a must
Pre opening experiences highly regarded

Please forward your resume to Axel Koster

JOBS| experienced/ Fresh female Spa therapists

Looking for experienced/ Fresh female Spa therapists

Looking for experienced/ fresher Female Spa therapsists for Serena Spa - at Raddisson Temple bay at Chennai. Decent Salary with accomodation will be provided. This spa is the largest spa in Chennai today about to be launched from Dec 2009

Interested candidates Please e mail your CV with photograph to OR

JOBS| Luxury Vacancies around the world

Multiple vacancies across the world.

Singapore: JAPANESE EXECUTIVE CHEF for one of Singapore's Best Restaurant for 2009

Dubai: CAFE MANAGER, RESTAURANT MANAGER, and HEAD CHEF for an International Gourmet Café and Restaurant

Philippines: SENIOR MARKET MANAGER for a global Online Hotel Reservation company; Local candidate only

Send your updated CV to, referencing position title in the subject line.

5 Minutes With Starwood's Brand Management SVP

David C. Marr, senior vice president of brand management in North America for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, shares his thoughts on Starwood's outlook for 2010 from a branding and marketing standpoint.

HOTELS: Generally speaking, what is the outlook for 2010?
Marr: "Before I look ahead, let me begin with a quick overview of Starwood’s current business outlook. If I had to sum it up, I’d say we’re in a better place today than we thought we’d be, with all signs pointing to a recovery, albeit a slow recovery. We saw our first signs of life this summer, with leisure travel coming back first, and occupancies at or near pre-crisis levels

"That said, rate continues to lag. In a typical recovery, rate comes back one or two quarters after occupancy begins to rise. From what we can tell, this is feeling like a normal recovery, but again, a bit slower. The return of the leisure traveler, we believe, reflects growing consumer confidence, and we for one are ready to declare the 'staycation' a passing fad versus a lasting trend. A great sign to be sure, though we live or die by corporate travel, which represents 75% of our business, so we were on guard as we entered the fall corporate travel season. While it is still early days, we like the trends we’re seeing.

"As for 2010, while business conditions have clearly stabilized, it’s hard to forecast the pace of recovery. For instance, as I mentioned earlier, we’ve seen occupancies rebound, and in a typical recovery, rates would come back one or two quarters later. More and more, this is feeling like a typical recovery, albeit a slow one.

"And when it comes to group pace, bookings have picked up for 2011 and beyond, which I think has a lot to do with savvy planners who know the value they’re seeing today isn’t going to last. That said, booking pace for 2010 has continued to lag, and booking windows for both transient and group business have shortened considerably.

"My gut is that businesses are still operating on contingencies, but instead of planning for scenarios ranging from bad to worse, we’re all budgeting from bad to better. As business continues to stabilize and improve, we’ll see more meetings booked in the year for the year."

HOTELS: How will the 2010 sales and marketing strategies and tactics differ from this year?
Marr: "We believe the marketing we'll do in 2010 will continue to be focused on creating demand and getting consumers back on the road again, for both leisure or business travel. Our marketing, PR and sales teams will be focused on the message that it is good for the economy to get back on the road. With many companies budgeting from bad to better, we want to make sure our hotels are top-of-mind as the economy continues to stabilize and improve.

"We will also focus on building awareness around the revitalization of our Sheraton brand in North America. We have spent US$4 billion on renovating over 100 hotels in North Amerca, and US$6 billion globally. We have introduced innovative experiences for our guests to stay connected, with initiatives like the Link@Sheraton powered by Microsoft. All of the exciting new changes to Sheraton need to be communicated to consumers, and they need to know it's a new day for the brand."

HOTELS: What are some sales and marketing trends to watch for in 2010?
Marr: "Social media applications like Facebook and Twitter will continue to evolve how we communicate and engage with our tech savvy guests who expect instant connection and instant results. And in 2010, we look to build on our early adoption of this technology through our sales and marketing efforts. We were the first loyalty program to establish a presence on FlyerTalk with our Starwood Lurker, the first to launch an iPhone app, and the first to move into Twitter. And we see clear benefits to this strategy as our SPG members are highly active social media participants, with 50% indicating frequent involvement—and those particular members book and stay more frequently. In fact, SPG members engaged in social networks are nearly 20% more likely to book a Starwood hotel than other SPG members. And SPG members who create blogs are nearly 80% more likely to book."

HOTELS: In the U.S. especially, do you expect the concept of luxury to lose the somewhat negative connotation that it has had this year?
Marr: "We believe that the demise of luxury is much exaggerated. Luxury will come back, as it always does. It is interesting to point out that luxury was also pronounced dead during the Calvinistic repentant period, after the excess of the '80s and the Bonfire of the Vanities, post-9/11 and so on, but throughout history we’ve seen that when people feel flush, they want to treat themselves.

"That said, the near term will continue to be challenging for the top tier. For instance, while the paranoia around meetings is largely behind us, corporations are still mindful of perception. The incentive industry will be sluggish for a few years, and while people may be planning vacations again, they're still paying close attention to their pocketbooks.

"Starwood is heavily skewed to the upper-upscale and luxury segments. And what have been temporary headwinds for the past year or so will be tailwinds again, and I would submit that Starwood is well positioned to benefit from a meaningful bounce-back in these hard-hit segments as the economy rebounds.

"Looking out a little longer term, secular trends have very positive implications for the luxury segment, especially when you consider that for the first time in history, half the world population is middle class, and there is still significant distribution of wealth in emerging markets. We’re building ultra-luxury St. Regis hotels today in destinations that we’d never heard of even a decade ago, and as newly moneyed travelers look to assert themselves in the world, where they stay on business or holiday will be every bit the badge of honor it was for previous generations of nouveau riche."

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JOBS| Dubai| Chef de Cuisine

thlcareers is looking for a Chef de Cuisine for a fine dining restaurant based in the Madinat in Dubai for a 5 stars hotel.

Restaurant is preferring a chef with most of their experience in Southern Italian cooking.

They would have at least 10 direct reports and would report to the Executive Chef.

The person must have completed kitchen apprentice or chef’s training course for a very minimum of one year and have a Diploma in hotel Management pref.

Also essential is at least 2 years working in a similar position or above in an international five star hotel.

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NEWS| IHC acquires Pizza Hut franchise in central India

India Hospitality Corp, which has made significant investments in hospitality and air catering businesses in India, has acquired the franchise for Pizza Hut brand for central India from its current owner for an undisclosed amount.

The transaction, which is yet to get approval from Pizza Hut's parent company Yum Brands, could translate into a significant slice of business for IHC, since central India is under serviced and the existing franchisee (Entertainment World Developers or EWDPL) managed to open only an outlet each in Bhopal and Indore till now.

In contrast, the franchisee for Pizza Hut in north and east India -- Ravi Jaipuria -- has already managed to open close to 60 outlets and is expanding further.

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JOBS| General Manager

A Dynamic GM required for a Bangalore Hotel. 110 Rooms and fantastic F&B Outlets.

Very highly Technologically geared Hotel. First of its kind in India.

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VIEWS| See 80% occupancies in Q3: Indian Hotels

Morgan Stanley has upgraded its rating on the Indian Hotels stock. It changed its rating to overweight from underweight. The rating firm changed its target price to Rs 88 per share from Rs 28 a share.

Anil Goel, Executive Director-Finance, Indian Hotels, says occupancies are up dramatically. "We are seeing 80% occupancies in Q3."

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