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JOBS| Multiple Front Office Positions

Radisson Indore is an elegantly designed contemporary business hotel, offering 200 rooms & suites.

Now inviting applications for

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NEWS| Marriott to shuffle its holdings

The luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel chain will cease to be a stand-alone division under the Marriott International umbrella as part of a reorganization that the Bethesda-based company plans to complete by 2011.

Marriott, the largest hotelier in the United States, until now has kept a firewall between its eponymous chain of mid-priced hotels and Ritz-Carlton, which is the company's high-end attraction.

Company executives have said over the past few weeks that it was reorganizing into four units divided along geographic lines -- the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia -- each with its own president and resources.

Marriott's current divisions are U.S. and Canadian operations, global timeshare, international and Ritz-Carlton. Global timeshare will continue to be outside the four regional units.

Marriott spokesman Tom Marder said Wednesday that the restructuring "enhances operations and connections to customers."

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PEOPLE| Rajesh Khubchandani has been appointed hotel manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

A Oberoi School of Hotel Management '92, Rajesh has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry working in several countries, including Thailand, the Maldives Islands, India, Sri Lanka, Canada and the United States. He was most recently the director of operations for The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common.

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NEW HOTELS| Intl| Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles scheduled to open in February

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will feature 123 well-appointed guestrooms, including 14 suites with contemporary d├ęcor, as well as the downtown district’s only full-service hotel spa, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, providing a luxurious, 8,000-square-foot sanctuary.

The Ritz-Carlton will also feature a 3,400 square-foot Club Lounge, an exclusive rooftop pool and a signature restaurant with a celebrity chef partner. Steps away from Staples Center, The Nokia Theater, The Grammy Museum and an array of restaurants and nightspots, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will be at the center of one of the most exciting parts of the city.


A Reservations Manager is required for a 5* deluxe hotel in Dubai. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the Reservation Department and promote a helpful and professional image to all guests.

Applicants MUST have the following:

- At least 2 years experience as a Reservations Manager or Assistant Manager (Reservations).
- Be ALREADY based in Dubai/UAE
- Excellent people management skills
- Extremely well presented
- Strong commercial skills

The client offers a basic salary between 6000 to 9000 AED/month, tax free, gratuity, single apartment, meals, laundry and transport allowance.

To apply, please email your CV, salary expectations and a recent photo to

NEW HOTELS| Premier Inn set to open first hotel in Bangalore

Premier Inn, the UK's largest hotel chain, is popular among international travellers as a budget hotel. But in India, where it will open its first hotel in Bangalore early next month, Premier Inn is pitching itself as a value-for-money mid-market brand.

"In India we realised that the consumers' connotation of a budget hotel means something that might not offer quality. So we decided to term ourselves as value for money mid-market hotel brand," says Aly Shariff, managing director of Premier Inn, which plans to build 80 hotels across the country for an investment of £300 million.

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10 Best Bargain Hotels in India

According to Tripadvisor

Jas Vilas, Jaipur (from $65)
Shanti Home, Delhi (from $120)
Sajhome, Fort Kochi (from $15)
Hotel Arches, Kochi (from $70)
Ratan Vilas, Jodhpur (from $40)
Mewar Haveli, Udaipur (from $35)
Devra Udaipur, Udaipur ($110)
St Mark's, Bangalore (from $130)
Raintree Lodge, Fort Kochi ($50)
Greenshore Apartments, Kovalam (from $25)

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JOBS| House Manager - Bahrain

Seeking a full-time experienced House Manager for primary family residence located in Bahrain. This position can be either live in or live out. Residence is primarily semi-formal in style and service.

Position Overview:
The position is responsible to oversee and organize the day to day affairs of the residence, maintain high standards and overall efficiency. Schedule is full time and applicants must be flexible and accommodating to being on call as required by principal’s itinerary. This includes some evenings and weekends if necessary. Applicants should be team players who are willing to be hands on and resourceful with a positive attitude.

Primary Responsibilities:
•Day to day running of the residence to maintain standards and efficiency
•Staff management for hiring, training and scheduling of ten staff members in residence including housekeepers, driver and cook.
•Oversee care of fine furnishings and finishes.
•Organize vendors and trades for exterior maintenance of outdoor recreational areas.
•Wardrobe management for residence and travel packing & unpacking.
•Manage and monitor household pantry stocks, inventories and budgets.
•Manage kitchen inventories and assist with menu planning for daily service and social occasions.
•Food & beverage services for family and guests.
•Greeting of guests and visitors including valet duties.
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JOBS| 5 Star Hotel in Bengaluru invites applications

5 Star Hotel in Bengaluru requires the following candidates:

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Bangalore may face oversupply of luxury rooms

This is one luxury Bangalore can afford not to have. The city is set to add the highest number of “keys” in the upscale rooms category at a time when demand is not so certain.

Bangalore is set to add a record 5,866 upscale rooms over the next two years, which would almost double the existing base of 3,200 rooms.

Upcoming luxury projects include one from Prestige Group, which is in partnership with Marriott International and Hilton Hotels. Nitesh Estates is building a property for Ritz Carlton while Brigade Group is putting one up for The Sheraton.

Industry analysts, however, fear an oversupply in the market.

“We believe Bangalore is currently flirting with the danger of oversupply in the luxury and first class space,” says Manav Thadani, managing director of HVS-India, a consulting, valuation and research company tracking the hospitality industry.

The fears are not unfounded.

While the city was a five- and seven-star hotel’s dream location when the IT and ITeS sectors were booming, things have changed dramatically in the last one year. The global economic recession and, to a certain extent, the terrorist attacks on prime hotels in Mumbai have slowed demand in the hospitality sector in India.

In addition to the 3,200 upscale rooms, Bangalore has 2,016 midscale rooms (four-star category) and 3,604 rooms in the budget category of hotels.

The industry estimates that the upcoming supply in Bangalore is seeing a shift, with nearly 63 per cent of supply expected in the upscale market, unlike previous years when there was an equal distribution amongst all categories of hotels. This has raised a question of whether this could lead to instability in the market.

“Bangalore has a dependency on business travel and needs to extend its focus to other segments,” says Thadani.

Industry studies show that nearly 76 per cent of guests staying in upscale and midscale hotels in Bangalore belong to the corporate profile category and similarly in budget hotels, close to 60 per cent of the guests visit for business purposes.

With hotel guests looking at reasonable stay packages, luxury hotels are also cautious about their Average Room Rates (ARRs). Cushman & Wakefield estimates that the ARR in Bangalore increased by just 1 per cent to reach Rs 12,310 in 2007-08 as against Rs 12,200 in the previous year, while occupancy rate has stagnated at 74 per cent for the past two years. And the ARR has further decreased to Rs 10,000-10,500.

Although there are signs of over-supply at present, there are some industry players who feel that, in the long run, Bangalore would require more rooms.

“While there is a problem of over-supply in areas of Bangalore like Whitefield, on the whole, the industry is reviving and with the IT industry looking up again, the demand for rooms will go up,” opines Chander Baljee, CMD of Royal Orchid Hotels. “Conferences are back to Bangalore and when occupancy goes up, we will see ARRs following,” he says.

He adds that cities like Bangalore, and even Mumbai and Delhi, will be able to absorb upcoming supply since the demand will increase in the long run.

Akshay Kulkarni, executive director (South Asia) for Cushman and Wakefield - Hospitality, feels that rates are being corrected by hotels to attract more occupancy. “We are seeing ARRs getting corrected across the country. We will continue to see this trend during such times. By March 2010, we expect occupancy to go up again,” he says.

Delhi NCR region, which currently has the highest number of upscale rooms at a little over 7,700 rooms, is expected to add 4,600 rooms by 2011. Mumbai has around 7,000 upscale rooms and is expected to add close to 2,700 rooms. Similarly, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune, which have 2,427, 1,537 and 460 upscale rooms at present are likely to add 2,104, 3,554 and 1,984 rooms in the next couple of years.

Archana M Prasanna / Bangalore

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NEWS| Barista to expand with 25 more outlets

The country's second largest coffee chain, Barista Lavazza, is planning to invest Rs 12 crore during the second half of the current financial year to open 25 outlets across the country. It is looking at expansion in Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Goa and Assam. The company is looking at increasing its revenues by Rs 100 crore during this financial year, compared to Rs 200 crore during FY09.

"We are looking at a revenue of Rs 300 crore by the end of this financial year," said Sanjay Coutinho, CEO, Barista Coffee Company.

Barista Lavazza is also planning to introduce around 30 varieties of coffee for three months starting this November as part of its winter line

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NEWS| Heritage wing of Taj Mahal Palace Hotel to open by Dec

Tata Group company is likely to open a part of its heritage wing of Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in November-December, a top company official said.

The prestigious Taj Palace Hotel was damaged during the Mumbai terror attacks last year.

"We expect to open a fair amount of the heritage wing of the Taj Mahal Hotel in November-December barring the sixth floor, which will open by March 2010," Indian Hotels' Managing Director, Raymond Bickson, told reporters here.

"We expect to re-open three of our restaurants- Golden Dragon, Wasabi and the Harbour Bar shortly," Bickson said.

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